ANTH 326

Ethnographic Research,
with ANTH 112 (special section)

A hands-on course exploring the use of qualitative research methods in the study of Canadian culture and society.  Anthropology major/minors will work and share their experiences with academic programme International students.  In this way, both will gain a new perspective on their own culture.
Counts towards anthropology major in category 1 – Ethnographic and Archaeological Research.
Prerequisite: ANTH 211.

Assignment #1 – Interviewing

Assignment #2 – Participant Observation

Term Project – A Community Ethnography

Brasington’s Ninth Law: A carelessly planned project takes three times longer to complete than expected; a carefully planned one will take only twice as long.

NO LATES ACCEPTED!! Assignments are due as noted. Only in exceptional circumstances (e.g., verifiable ill-health) and only when the instructor is notified prior to class will other arrangements be made. (See VIU Calendar, General Regulations.)
Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Students caught plagiarizing will automatically receive an F as their final grade. VIU Student Academic Code of Conduct (policy 96.01)

To study for the exam, use the online study resources available for the Haviland text.  It includes glossary and learning objectives (free); other materials, e.g., chapter ebook, quizzes, and flashcards, require purchase for access.

If you plan to use the Writing Centre make an appointment well in advance of the due date of your assignment.  There are special ESL tutoring hours scheduled.

  • Potluck photographs
  • For a very thorough listing of sources on ethics, check Sharon Stoerger’s “Ethics in Anthropology” website.  It includes the usual professional associations, but of particular interest is her listing of case studies and ethical issues and controversies (e.g., Mead-Freeman, Yanomami, Monte Verde, Kennewick Man, etc.).
  • Anthropological Theory

Key theoretical positions and time periods in anthropology

Some anthropological theories and their proponents, including major assumptions

If you write to impress it will always be bad, but if you write to express it will be good.
–Thornton Wilder, writer (1897-1975)

Last updated 2016-01-02