Fall 2014

Ethnographic Methods

Listed in: Anthropology and Sociology, as ANTH-230


Vanessa L. Fong (Section 01)


How does one collect, analyze, and write about ethnographic data? What kinds of claims can one make based on this kind of data, and what kinds of claims can one not make? What kinds of research questions are best answered with ethnographic research? What kinds of theoretical contributions can be made with answers to such research questions? Which specific research methods are best for answering which research questions? What are the epistemological and ethical implications of particular methods?

This course will teach students to answer these questions by providing a survey of various ethnographic research methods (focusing primarily on interviews and participant observation) and walking students through the process of formulating a research question, selecting the kinds of research participants and research methods that can answer that research question,  analyzing data, finding the proper fit between epistemologies, theories, methods, and data, writing an academic paper based on findings from that data, and presenting the findings to the class. 

Requisite:  ANTH 112.  Not open to first-year students.  Admission with consent of the instructor. Limited to 15 students.  Fall semester.  Professor Fong.

If Overenrolled: Preference will be given to anthropology majors


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2011, Fall 2012, Fall 2013, Fall 2014