4.4. Cross-Cultural Comparison with eHRAF World Cultures, Pt. 1

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Methods & Analysis for Anthropology (ANTH 411.01)
Part I: Syllabus
Winter Semester 2002

by Bruce Freeman, Department of Anthropology, University of Calgary, Canada

Lectures: M/W/F 09:00-09:50
Location: SA-145
Instructor: Bruce Freeman
Office: SS-939 (U of C)
Office Hours: M/W/F 10:00-11:00

Course Summary

In this course, students will be introduced to formal approaches (methods) used to describe and analyze the social world (social research). We shall first consider the research act as a scientific endeavor and then proceed to explore common research methods used by social/cultural anthropologists. In doing so, an introduction is provided to both qualitative and quantitative methodologies, including the use of descriptive statistics and computer research technologies. As research method students are “apprentice researchers,” an emphasis will be placed on ethical considerations of the research process.

Learning Objectives

Students in this course will have an opportunity to develop applied skills in doing and evaluating anthropological research by completing individual and joint research projects. In doing so, students will be required to demonstrate specific competencies in (a) identifying research problems, (b) selecting appropriate research methods, (c) developing research strategies, (d) initiating projects, (e) collecting and analyzing data, and (f) reporting research findings in written form.

Attendance, Participation and Deadlines

Students are expected to attend classes, arrive at class on time, and respect assignment deadlines. Research skills are acquired incrementally, so missing a class means missing key lessons. The research industry is deadline driven, so being professional means being on time. Living up to these expectations will help you make the best use of your time, help create an effective learning environment, and contribute to personal success in your program of study.

The midterm test may be deferred for valid reasons such as illness and domestic affliction. Assignments may be submitted in hard copy or as an e-mail attachment (MS Word) and are due at the beginning of class (i.e., 09:00) on the assigned date. Recognizing that research often involves working around the schedules of others, students will be granted a 48-hour extension for a maximum of two individual or group assignments, provided the request for an extension is received at least 24 hours before the deadline.

Evaluation Methods

A variety of instruments will be used to measure student performance. To ensure students develop a sufficient background in the foundations of the research process, a midterm test is scheduled. Given the applied nature of the research process, over one-half of the final grade is derived from individual and group assignments. Finally, individual journals provide students with an opportunity to reflect critically in written form on lectures and activities.

  • Tentative Class & Reading Schedule

  • Midterm Test (worth 25% of final grade)–Test Study Questions

  • Individual Assignments (4, each worth 10%)

  • Group Assignments (2, each worth 10%)

  • Course Journal (worth 15%)

See the index at the top of the page for links to each section.

Students must complete all of the above course work to receive a passing grade. There is no final examination for this class.

As the delivery of the course is adjusted to meet the needs of the students, the test date and assignment deadlines will be established over the course of the term. A minimum of two weeks advance notice will be provided to students of upcoming due dates. The last assignment and course journal is due on the last day of class, April 15, 2002.

Grading Scale

A 90 and over A = Excellent – superior performance, showing comprehensive understanding of subject matter.
A- 85% Р89% 
B+ 80% – 84%
B 76% – 79% B = Good – clearly above average performance with knowledge of subject matter generally complete.
B- 72% – 75%
C+ 68% Р71% 
C 64% – 67% C = Satisfactory – basic understanding of the subject matter.
C- 60% – 63%
D+ 56% – 59%
D 50% – 55% D = Minimal pass – marginal performance; generally insufficient preparation for subsequent courses in the same subject.
F <50% F = Fail – unsatisfactory performance or failure to meet course requirements.

Required Textbooks

Neuman, W. Lawrence. 2000. Social research methods: Qualitative and quantitative approaches. 4th edition. (with workbook)

Spradley, James P. & David W. McCurdy. 1972. The cultural experience: Ethnography in complex society.












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