28 August 2015
Ethnographic Methods and Practice
During this intensive one-week course, students will learn how to design and conduct ethnographic fieldwork, integrate ethnography into mixed-methods designs and analyse ethnographic data. The focus will be on the application of this set of methods to understanding real world issues in context, and connections between traditional forms of ethnographic enquiry and emergent visual, digital, and material methods will be emphasised.
Over the course of a week, this course will cover core components of the ethnographic approach. Starting with an introduction to ethnographic methods, the course will guide students through research design, data gathering and analysis, as well as relevant ethical issues. Students will therefore learn about a range of contemporary ethnographic approaches, as well as develop an understanding of how to set about undertaking an ethnographic study of their own.
Course topics will be premised on the view that ethnographic methods cannot only provide a deep understanding of the social life of a particular ‘field,’ but also that they can offer a unique perspective into wider societal relations. Through a practice-based approach, and a focus on contemporary developments in ethnographic methods, this course will provide a solid methodological foundation for using ethnographic research to understand real-world issues in context.
The course is comprised of a 3-hour lecture each morning, and a 2-hour class or practical exercise each afternoon. Teaching will be delivered by research-active qualitative researchers who have used a range of ethnographic methods in their research to date and who are proponents of the use of ethnography in academic and applied research settings alike.
Dr Elena Gonzalez-Polledo and Dr Alasdair Jones
This course is aimed at postgraduates, researchers and professionals who are interested in using ethnographic research methods to understand social settings, relationships and practices.
The purpose of this one-week course is to provide an intensive training in contemporary ethnographic methods and practice.
During the course students will learn how to conduct ethnographic fieldwork, analyse ethnographic data and frame an ethnographic study. The focus will be on the application of this set of methods to understanding real world issues in context, and we will draw connections between traditional forms of ethnographic enquiry and emergent visual, digital, and material methods will be emphasised.
The decision to award credits is at the discretion of the student's home institution. Students should always check with their home institution to confirm the number of credits that can be awarded.
GBP 935: Student rate - for current university students (including PhD students).
Current academic staff and UK charity workers are also eligible for a reduced rate of £1,250.
GBP 1575: Standard rate
Previous students of LSE may be eligible for a 15% discount on their tuition fees.