ANTH 330


Document Type

Course Change

Publication Date

Fall 2008


Updated 18 April 2008 KEENE STATE COLLEGE 2008-2009 COURSE PROPOSAL FORM NOTE: Please review the Senate Curriculum Committee Guidelines for instructions on completing proposal form. (refer to pages 4 - 5 for proposal details) DATE OF SUBMISSION: 5 Sept 2008 SPONSORING PROGRAM AND CHAIR: Peggy Walsh, Sociology/Anthropology, M3400, 8-2905 PROPOSAL SPONSOR: Rosemary Gianno, Sociology/Anthropology, M3400, 8-2510 PROPOSED ACTION: Underline or boldface proposed changes. Course Addition Number Change Title Change Credit Change Description Change Prerequisite Change Course Deletion Course Replacement Other: CURRENT COURSE NUMBER, TITLE and DESCRIPTION: None PROPOSED COURSE NUMBER and/or TITLE: Abbreviated Course Title, if necessary: ANTH 330 Ethnographic Research Methods PROPOSED COURSE DESCRIPTION: Introduction to methodology for contemporary ethnographic field research in anthropology, including research design, participant-observation, interviewing, field notes, indexing, report writing, and visual documentation. Students complete assigned and independent research projects relying on a variety of ethnographic methods. Prerequisite: ISANTH 110 or permission of instructor, Fall LEARNING OUTCOMES: Program learning outcomes that will be served by this course: Objective: Apply an Anthropological perspective to social and cultural phenomena. Learning Outcomes: Updated 18 April 2008 • Students will be able to recognize the value of anthropology. • Students will be able to demonstrate a basic knowledge of how to do cultural anthropological research. Objective: Examine one's own life and values using these perspectives. Learning Outcome: • Introductory and advanced students will demonstrate the ability to think reflexively about their particular worldview(s) from a variety of perspectives so they can better understand their orientation to the world. Objective: Understand the centrality of gender, race, class, and culture in different societies. Learning Outcomes: • Students will be able to discuss the significance of race, class, gender, and culture as organizing concepts in anthropology. Objective: Understand and evaluate anthropological theory and research. Learning Outcomes: • Students will be able to apply theory to explicate cultural phenomena. RATIONALE: The addition of ANTH 330, Ethnographic Research Methods, as a new course and as a way to fulfill one requirement for the minor reflects our goal that students focusing on cultural anthropology develop the ability to use ethnographic approaches to the acquisition of cultural knowledge. In addition to providing a foundation for further study in cultural anthropology, these methods are valuable skills applicable in a variety of career endeavors (e.g., education, marketing, public policy). With the advent of four credit courses last year, we attempted to blend ethnographic methods into the courses already offered but the results have been uneven. While we will continue to work at emphasizing the practice of ethnography in those courses, by establishing this course, we will better ensure that students graduate with a good grounding in these research tools. RESOURCES: No additional resources. We will be offering this course instead of World Ethnography, which will become dormant. ADVISORY OPINIONS: None


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ANTH 330