146.303 Practice of Fieldwork (15 credits)

Through a study of accounts of field work experience by anthropologists, students will develop their knowledge and appreciation of the perspectives, approaches, methods, problems, experiences and ethics involved in anthropological field work based on participant observation.

Details Details

  • Year: 2018
  • Mode: Internal
  • Semester: Semester one full semester
  • Location: Auckland Campus
  • Coordinator: Prof Kathryn Rountree
  • Subject: Social Anthropology
  • College: College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Online component Details

  • Online component: Course Guide and Administration - Access to an online learning environment is required so students can access the Course Guide, expected learning outcomes and assessment tasks. The online learning environment may also be required to access supplementary study resources and for the electronic submission of assignments. Core study resources will be supplied directly to students. Learn more about Stream, our online learning environment.

Requirements Requirements help

  • Prerequisite(s): At least 45 credits from 200 level.


  • Start Date: Monday 26 February, 2018
  • End date: Sunday 24 June, 2018

Withdrawal dates Requirements help

The last day to withdraw from this course:

  • Without financial penalty: Monday 12 March, 2018
  • Without academic penalty: Friday 25 May, 2018

Learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete this course should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate the ability to think critically about anthropological fieldwork based on participant-observation, including its philosophical, political, ethical and practical aspects.
  2. Demonstrate an appreciation of the variety of perspectives, approaches and methods which anthropological research encompasses, and to be aware of the challenges and occasional hazards of such research.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the various stages of the research process, from developing a research topic and research design through to writing-up.
  4. Plan an independent research project.
  5. Present their ideas to others in the class and be responsive towards those of others.

Please note: Learning Outcomes are subject to change until the beginning of the semester in which the course is delivered.


It is recommended that textbooks are purchased no sooner than 7 weeks prior to the semester start date as textbooks can be subject to change.

  • Development And Ethnocide, Colonial Prtactices In The Andaman Islands
    Author: Sita Venkateswar
    ISBN: 87-91563-04-6
    Publisher: Iwgia

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