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This course is designed to provide students with an introduction to anthropological research and its various fieldwork methods, and to enable students to put these into practice. Each student, assisted by a supervisor, is required to select a research problem or topic, carry out required background reading, formulate appropriate research questions, choose or design methods appropriate to obtaining the data required to answer the questions, write a research proposal and an ethics proposal, carry out the research, present a progress report, and finally to analyse the material collected and write a final report detailing the research process and the results obtained, making reference to appropriate anthropological literature. This course is compulsory for students wanting to enrol in the Anthropology Honours programme. The course also provides preparation for entry into the M.A. (Anthropology) programme, for students wishing to progress to Masters by research thesis after completing the Honours degree.
Students who successfully complete the course will have learnt how to conduct an independent anthropological research project, including: identification of an appropriate research topic, conduct of a literature survey, development of effective research methods, awareness of the nature of research ethics, collection of data and its analysis, oral presentation of research findings, and the writing of a research report. Students wishing to proceed to an MA in Anthropology will have learnt some of the initial basic requirements for successfully embarking on the MA by research thesis.
Subject to approval of the Head of Department.
Students must attend one activity from each section.
Each student will have an individual supervisor.
The project will normally involve library or archival research, and the written report shall consist of a maximum of 6,000 words. Each student will present three seminar papers in the course of the semester.
There is no required text.
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Domestic fee $1,847.00
International Postgraduate fees
* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.
For further information see
Language, Social and Political Sciences.