ANT6294EN - Advanced Ethnographic Research Methods

Course description

Investigation of theories, methods and techniques of ethnographic research at an advanced level. It offers students the opportunity to explore and evaluate theories and practices of ethnographic techniques such as unobtrusive observation, participant observation, taking and coding field notes, ethnographic and life-history interviews, focus group discussions, rapid assessment procedures, data analysis and interpretation, and ethnographic report writing, and research ethics. 61 words

How this course benefits students

Students will learn skills, tools, and techniques of collecting, analyzing, interpreting, and communicating ethnographic research findings in diverse sociocultural and economic contexts. The course opens doors of ministry and career opportunities of ministry and public service sectors. How?

Why this course is important

Ethnographic research involves the deep study of and comparison between cultures. Ethnographic research techniques have uses in mission work that are vital for missional leaders and practitioners to better understand the people they serve. Research also enables missional leaders to constantly evaluate their ministry and correct their course of action.

Credit hours
3 hours
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* Schedule subject to change. Please contact the Registrar's office with schedule questions.
Dr. Boyd Johnson, Senior Professor of Missional Anthropology

How this course relates to missional core values

Biblically based

The course is designed to educate missional leaders about how to explore the sociocultural systems of the people and reach them in the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Missionally driven

The course is organized to educate local missional leaders and practitioners how to study the history and socio-cultural systems of people they serve.

Contextually informed

The course focuses on the methods and techniques of studying cultures in diverse socio-cultural and historical contexts.

Interculturally focused

Ethnographic research methods strive to deeply study specific cultures as well as describe and compare cultures in order to formulate broad generalizations across cultures.

Practically minded

Throughout this course, students will not only learn the theories and frameworks of ethnographic/ethnological methods, but also practice designing and executing their own research projects and practically demonstrate their skills and technical knowledge of how to study cultures and effectivity communicate research findings.

Experientially transformed

The course provides learners with opportunities to design and execute ethnographic projects in their communities to cultivate experience through exercises.