12/90:292 Ethnographic Research Methods introduces students to the diverse ethnographic methods used by social scientists to identify, explore, document and analyse complex and changing social phenomena.
Through lectures, course readings and assignments, students will be equipped with the skills required to design and carry out a small-scale ethnographic study using theoretically informed, action-oriented and ethical methods. Students will gain competency with study design and interviews, focus groups discussions, and participant-observation methods.
Emphasis will be placed on the methods used for collaborative, applied, and socially and politically engaged anthropology and sociology. The course will also involve a special focus on the ethnographic methods and ethical protocols best suited for research on vulnerable populations or sensitive issues in the Global North and South.