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Anthropology II: More Human Mysteries Uncovered

Anthropology II: More Human Mysteries Uncovered


How does your culture influence you? Many of our ancient cultures and languages were shaped by the geographical locations of our ancestors. And by examining their views on life, death, art, and survival, we begin to understand how ancient cultures flourished. In looking back and learning about cultures, we are better equipped to understand the world around us.

  • In this unit, we will examine the use of ethnography in anthropological research. We will learn more about what an ethnography is and examine some of the historical background of this methodology. We will also discuss some of the steps that anthropologists go through as they seek to understand groups through participant observation. Finally, we will consider some of the ethical issues that can develop with ethnographical research and the resulting ethnographies that are written up based on that research.

    What will you learn in this unit?

    • Discuss ethnographies as a research method and written product.
    • Discuss some of the advantages and disadvantages of using ethnographical research methods.
    • Describe the development and history of ethnography.
    • Understand the various elements of doing ethnographical research.
    • Discuss the ethical dilemmas and issues in ethnographies.
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