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ATS3597

Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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LevelUndergraduate
FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitSchool of Applied Media and Social Sciences, Gippsland
OfferedGippsland Second semester 2013 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr Harry Ballis

Synopsis

Ethnographic research is the art and science of describing a group or culture. It involves the studying groups and/or individuals as they go about their daily lives. A central premise of this unit is that the ethnographer enters the field with an open mind, but not an empty head. Before engaging with their subjects, the ethnographer begins with a problem, a theory or model, a research design, specific data collection techniques, tools of analysis, and often specific writing style. The unit examines in detail each of these activities and traces their implications for research and the researcher.

Outcomes

By the time students complete this unit, they will be able to:

  1. ascertain what research methods are appropriate for particular theoretical issues that they wish to explore;
  2. understand the uses and limitations of qualitative research;
  3. gain expertise on how to establish a qualitative research framework;
  4. understand the strengths and limitations of using the computer to analyse qualitative data.

In addition for third level: students will become proficient in the use of one computer program to analyse qualitative data.

Assessment

Written work: 100%

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

One x 2 hr workshop/week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Prerequisites

ATS1367 and ATS1898 or SCY1802 or equivalents

Prohibitions

SCY2816, ATS2597