Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Doing Anthropology introduces students to the practice of Ethnography. Ethnography is qualitative social research, of relatively small scale, usually focused on a single setting or group. Data are collected through a range of techniques employed in fieldwork, but the emphasis is on participant observation and informal interviewing. Through class discussions and practical experience, students become familiar with these techniques.

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorRaymond Madden

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Available as ElectiveYes

Learning ActivitiesUse original research to apply an anthropological perspective to global issuesAnalyse key ethical and cultural issues in anthropological methodologyEvaluate anthropological methods and theories in practicePresent a research pitch and and subsequent analysis of your research findings to research participants and fellow workshop membersProduce an original piece of ethnographic writingApply ethnographic methods to an individual research questionSummarise research and arguments about anthropological methodsLead research project in small social groups; problem solve research issues with fellow workshop members

Capstone subjectYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites 30 credit points at 2nd year


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Learning resources

Being Ethnographic

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementRecommended

AuthorMadden, R





Chapter/article titleN/A



Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Apply an anthropological perspective to local and global issues
02. Apply ethical and cultural awareness to issues in Anthropology
03. Evaluate diverse positions/arguments regarding a relevant topic in Anthropology
04. Present a brief and persuasive argument in Anthropology
05. Present a sustained complex written argument in Anthropology
06. Produce an original, well researched response to a relevant topic in Anthropology
07. Summarise research and arguments on a relevant topic in Anthropology
08. Work effectively in groups as a group member and/or leader

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 2, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorRaymond Madden

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 30 - 42
One 2.00 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via blended.

TutorialWeek: 30 - 42
One 1.00 hour tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

One 1,000-word research proposal The assessment rubrics will be available on LMS. This is formative assessment.

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo30 SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO7

One 3,000-word ethnographic paper delimited as: Writing and Effort 30% Argument and Content 40% The assessment rubrics will be available on LMS. This is substantive assessment.

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo70 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5, SILO6, SILO7, SILO8