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Ethnographic Field Studies

Course Code: ANTH 2193
Faculty: Humanities & Social Sciences
Department: Anthropology
Credits: 6.0
Semester: 8 weeks
Learning Format: Lecture, Seminar, Field Experience
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

This is a field course in cultural anthropological research, with emphasis on the techniques of ethnographic research. It will be conducted in conjunction with a partner community. Topics of study include qualitative and quantitative research methods, techniques of data analysis, ethical research, and anthropology and/or history related to the community involved in the field study program.

Course Content

The course begins with two weeks (8 hours/week) in the classroom where topics including British Columbia history, ethnohistory, and ethnography, research methods, project design, and ethics will be discussed.  Following that, four weeks is spent in a community setting conducting ethnographic research. The final two weeks of the course are spent at Douglas College synthesizing data, preparing reports, and presenting findings.

The course is designed around a common topic of research (defined by the community in conjunction with the instructor).  Each student will work on a small project related to the larger project.

Methods of Instruction

Lecture, seminar, participant-observation field work.

Means of Assessment

The student will be assessed on his or her mastery of fieldwork techniques and contributions to the field project.  Evaluation will vary according to the nature of the specific field project. A typical evaluation breakdown, however, would be as follows:

Exam  20%
Field Notes  30%
Subjective evaluation of student
performance in field  
Project write-up, report, and/or presentation      30%
Total 100%

Learning Outcomes

The student will demonstrate knowledge and ability in the techniques of ethnographic research. This will include interviewing, archival research, note-taking, project design, project completion, and fieldwork ethics.

The student will complete detailed written records of the field research that will generate data for later analysis by the instructor or the students as part of their final project.

The students will demonstrate an ability to analyze the data generated, and present the findings in a report and/or in a public presentation.

course prerequisites

Consent of Instructor

ANTH 1120 is recommended

curriculum guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

course schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.