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ANTH 3701: Ethnography in Action

Ethnography in Action

ANTH 3701 - 4 credits

Dates: June 11 - 15, 2012
Days: Monday - Friday
Times: 9 am - 5 pm
Instructor: Ermitte Saint Jacques

Description:  The cornerstone of ethnographic research is participant observation, which is a deceptively simple phrase for an assemblage of methods for collecting sociocultural data that affords a more complex analysis than mere observation of and participation in social situations. These methods include techniques for entering a community, building rapport, recording observations, interviewing informants, interpreting data, representing observations through text and other mediums, and finally, engaging in social situations. Thus, participant observation is a primary method for collecting and analyzing sociocultural data. This course teaches students the qualitative research methods that comprise the tool kit of participant observation and provides students with the opportunity to apply and practice these methods through fieldwork.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will apply qualitative research methods to conduct an ethnographic field project.
  • Students will report observations in field blogs.
  • Students will practice different interview techniques and develop skills for collecting life histories.
  • Students will write an ethnography or autoethnography of their fieldwork, in which they will analyze data collected from observations.
  • Students will interpret their findings through visual representations of photographs by creating a photo gallery.
  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of the American Anthropological Association’s Code of Ethics.

Contact: Ermitte Saint Jacques at