Ethnographic Research Methodology


Course Objective

Knowledge and understanding - The student has acquired knowledge and
understanding of:
(1) the development of the ethnographic research methodology in the
history of anthropology;
(2) the various approaches and methods that pertain to the ethnographic
research methodology;
(3) the ethical and political issues that are important in ethnographic

Application - The student has acquired the competences to:
(4) recognize and differentiate between different methods of
ethnographic knowledge generation
(5) use ethical considerations to evaluate methods and situations in
ethnographic research situations.

Making judgements - The student is able to:
(6) critically reflect upon ethical dimensions of ethnographic research.

Course Content

In anthropological research, ethnography is the primary methodology.
This course is a comprehensive introduction to ethnographic research
methodology. It discusses the historical development, philosophical
contextualisation and empirical aspects of this specific form of
qualitative research. Ethical considerations and reflexivity about
research situations will be extensively discussed. The course is also a
meticulous examination of the most prominent methods of the ethnographic
research methodlogy such as participant observation, interviewing,
conversation, and digital and visual ethnography. Finally, the course
will also reflect on the analysis of ethnographic data, the writing
process, and other forms of reporting.

Teaching Methods


Method of Assessment

Written exam.

Entry Requirements

Active participation in Challenges of the 21st Century


To be announced in the course manual (see CANVAS).

Target Audience

1st year bachelor students in Cultural Anthropology and Development

General Information

Course Code S_ERM
Credits 6 EC
Period P5
Course Level 100
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences
Course Coordinator dr. M.E.M. de Theije
Examiner dr. M.E.M. de Theije
Teaching Staff dr. M.E.M. de Theije

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Teaching Methods Lecture