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Anthropology_33_GroupProject_PtsFixed - Anthropology 33...

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Anthropology 33, Fall 2011 Group Ethnographic Project This project will take you all quarter and will require you to be creative. You will work in a group of five people who all must be in the same discussion section with you. Your T.A. will assign these groups randomly during section. The project is designed to introduce you and your group to the work of ethnography, including many of the component parts that go into observing, conceptualizing, describing, documenting, analyzing, rethinking, and presenting what is interesting about social settings and socio-cultural activities. More than anything, it’s designed to teach you how to observe the world around you, because that is arguably one of the most important qualities in an anthropologist. It is meant to provide an opportunity to incorporate the conceptual and analytical tools you will be learning in this class. Finally, it is meant to provide you with an opportunity to learn how to work creatively within a group. Although it was once true that ethnographers tended to work alone in the field, anthropology and other social sciences are increasingly collaborative. The better your ability to work together, the better your final project will probably be. Although the final project is not due until the end of the quarter (December 5, 2011), components of the project will be due along the way, as noted below [under Project Components ], and these will each be graded. The FIRST STEP is to find a setting on campus, at home, or out in the city where your group may OBSERVE and RECORD a routine/recurrent social activity of some kind. The particular kind of setting and activity is up to you and your group members. However, you may want to focus on a setting that involves one or more of the activities which will be the focus of this course: stories/narratives, greetings, service encounters, aspects of performances, parts of speeches, learning, aspects of art-making, dinner table conversations, hanging out, jointly watching TV, etc. NOTE: Selecting this class as your focus - its lectures or discussion sections - is NOT an option. Interaction which occurs on television or online is also NOT an option, as interesting as it may be. RESEARCH ON HUMAN SUBJECTS. Anthropologists, like all social scientists working in a university, need to comply with federal regulations on research on human and animal subjects. At UCLA this is done through the Office for Protection of Research Subjects (OPRS) . Any UCLA researcher (whether faculty or student) needs to (i) get a certificate that shows that he or she has learned the basic principles of doing research on human subjects (this is done on the web now), (ii) accurately describe the project and how human subjects will be selected and treated (or how one might interact with them) and (iii) submit the proposal for the project and the protocol to OPRS, which reviews it for approval. It is a fairly elaborate procedure and takes time. For this project you will NOT need to go through the approval of OPRS
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This note was uploaded on 02/04/2012 for the course ANTHRO 124P taught by Professor Fessler during the Spring '07 term at UCLA.

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