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FRE2013 : Ethnography for Language Learners (French) (Inactive)

Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

To introduce students to ethnography as a research method for (inter)cultural learning
- To introduce students to forms of writing connected with and emerging from ethnography.
- To equip students with the required skills to undertake ethnographic field work (inter alia: participant observation; note taking; working with naturally occurring data; data analysis; ethnographic conversations and interviews).
- To provide students with regular practice in small data-gathering exercises in their home cultural environment.
- To help prepare students for (inter)cultural learning during periods of residence abroad.
- To introduce students to key concepts from social and linguistic anthropology.
To provide the opportunity for students to undertake new kinds of academic and creative writing as they produce accounts of local culture.
- To help prepare students for the cultural challenge of the year abroad and to make the time spent there more effective.
- To provide students intending to write a dissertation in their final year with a solid set of research tools to assist them.

Outline Of Syllabus

This module will provide a framework for students to explore ethnographic approaches to cultural learning. It will equip them with an understanding of ethnography as a research ‘toolkit’ that will benefit them in their year abroad and beyond and it will teach them how to use ethnographic methods to collect data during fieldwork. Through practical assignments, students will gain practice in research methods such as: participant observation; organizing field notes; working with naturally occurring data; data analysis; conducting ethnographic conversations and interviews. The module will also introduce students to some key concepts as used by social anthropologists in areas such as family and gender relations, roles and relationships, identities and boundaries, rituals and symbolic meanings, power and language, which they will apply in order to interpret their own data. In addition, students will read and analyse a range of writings in French that exemplify ethnographic perspectives on culture, including ethnographies proper and also literature which is anthropological in focus (e.g. by Annie Ernaux, Georges Perec and Michel de Certeau) and which explores the everydayness of culture. Finally, the political and ethical dimensions of conducting ethnographic research will be discussed and students will learn to ‘make strange’ aspects of their own culture.

Teaching Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Assessment Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

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