880435 :Research Skills: Ethnographic Research


Voertaal Engels
Werkvorm: Lectures (Collegerooster)
Tentamenvorm: Portfolio (Geen informatie over tentamendata bekend)
Studielast:3 ECTS credits
Inschrijving:Enrollment via Blackboard before start of lectures
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dr. M. Spotti (coördinator)

Doel van de cursus (alleen in het Engels beschikbaar)

The course aims at acquiring knowledge and insight in ethnographic research methods and gives the students the ability to apply some of these methods to the actual analysis of everyday rotinous actions of people across institutional and non institutional environments, both off and online.

Inhoud van de cursus (alleen in het Engels beschikbaar)

The course starts with positioning the empirical interpretive / qualitative research paradigm, and more specifically the field of interpretive ethnography, from a historical, epistemological and content perspective. 

After that attention is paid to three methodes of data collection (conducting observations, conducting interviews and collecting documents) leading to an ethnographic corpus of (transcribed) texts, and to three methods of data analysis, such as key incident analysis (KIA)  (international) triangulation of observations and a socio-culturally oriented discourse analysis of interviews. In doing so existing ethnographic corpora are used.

Finally students learn about the implications of the computer screen for ethnographic practices. Attention is paid to the recent developments that ethnography has encountered with the development of social media, mobile technologies and more in general people's e-lives projects.

During the course the students write three memo's to be collected in a portfolio that is handed in at the end of the course for grading. All memos need to be a pass in order to pass the course as a whole. 

Bijzonderheden (alleen in het Engels beschikbaar)

Please note that this course is provided only in block 2 (Oct).

Verplichte literatuur

  1. Blommaert, Jan & Dong, Jie, Ethnographic Fieldwork, Multilingual Matters, 2009.
  2. Other texts and materials will be made available via Blackboard

Aanbevolen literatuur

  1. Hammersley, M. & P. Atkinson, Ethnography: Principles in Practice, London: Routledge, 2003 (2nd Ed.).

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