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ANT2007 Ethnographic Methods: Making Anthropology

Semester 2, 2019 On-campus Toowoomba
Short Description: Ethnographic Methods Anthrop'y
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Humanities & Communication
Student contribution band : Band 1
ASCED code : 090303 - Anthropology
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 20 May 2019


Examiner: Lara Lamb

Other requisites

Students will require access to e-mail and have internet access to UConnect for this course.


This course introduces students to ethnographic research. Ethnographic research often requires extensive, intensive, and extended periods of fieldwork, which constitutes an important part of anthropological experience and practice. ANT2007 provides students with the opportunity to do such research in the real world in which they live, using a 'hands on' approach for investigating and coming to understand their cultural world.


Ethnography is the principle research tool of Anthropology, in addition to fields as diverse as education, geography, business, heritage studies, tourism, and cultural studies. We find out about things through research; it provides answers to questions about ourselves, other people, and the wider world. Social research collectively is research which is carried out to provide answers to questions about people and the social and cultural settings and systems which they participate in, telling us about differing social and cultural worlds. Ethnographic research is characterised by the central role of the researcher and the use of multiple methods of data collection, involving participant observation and interaction to describe people and their cultures and societies, both in the contemporary world and in the past. This is done so that we may come to understand people's behaviour, and its origins and effects, as well as revealing the qualities and meanings which people attach to themselves, to other people, and to the things in the world around them. It arrives at this understanding not only by measuring phenomena, but also by talking to and observing people, and by studying their cultural and social products, the documents and artefacts which they create. All of these are considered within the contexts of wider social and cultural settings. This holistic framework allows enquiry into the depth, richness, and complexity of human behaviour, understanding, and experience. This course allows students to experience and gain awareness of these important means of coming to acquire accurate knowledge of humans and their creations.


On completion of this course students will be able to demonstrate:

  1. a knowledge and understanding of relevant concepts, theories, and examples
  2. an ability to understand and critically evaluate relevant professional literature
  3. an ability to engage in anthropological research on relevant topics, and to report in an effective way.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Theoretical contexts to ethnographic practices 20.00
2. Preparing for research: background and design 20.00
3. Diversity of methods 20.00
4. Observing patterns: interpretation 20.00
5. Observing patterns: analysis. 20.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

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Pelto, P 2013, Applied ethnography: guidelines for field research, Left Coast Press, Walnut Creek, California.
Students are also expected to read the material in: Selected readings 1: Theories, issues, and debates and Selected readings 2: Doing research. These selected readings are provided electronically on the USQStudyDesk via DiRect.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
Lofland, J & Lofland, L 2006, Analyzing social settings, 4th edn, Wadsworth Publishing, New York.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Directed Study 39.00
Independent Study 126.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
PRACTICAL EXERCISE A 20 20 09 Aug 2019
PRACTICAL EXERCISE B 20 20 06 Sep 2019
RESEARCH REPORT 40 40 04 Oct 2019
REFLEXIVE JOURNAL 20 20 25 Oct 2019

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them, to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

    Students must attend and complete the requirements of the Workplace Health and Safety training program for this course where required.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    There is no examination in this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Other requirements

  1. Students can expect that questions in assessment items in this course may draw upon knowledge and skills that they can reasonably be expected to have acquired before enrolling in the course. This includes knowledge contained in pre-requisite courses and appropriate communication, information literacy, analytical, critical thinking, problem solving or numeracy skills. Students who do not possess such knowledge and skills should not expect to achieve the same grades as those students who do possess them.