Undergraduate Module Descriptor
SOC2062: How Organisations Work: Ethnography in Institutions
This module descriptor refers to the 2023/4 academic year.
|Term(s) and duration|
This module will run during term 2 (11 weeks)
Dr Geoffrey Hughes (Convenor)
|Available via distance learning|
From corporations and churches to schools, labour unions, voluntary associations, charities, government agencies, and NGOs, formal institutions increasingly define contemporary life. This module will provide you with practical tools for studying institutions using ethnographic methods. Hallmarks of ethnography include a commitment to understanding and sympathizing with local perspectives, self-reflexivity, a deep concern with the resulting ethical issues involved in collecting data from other human beings, and the attempt to link specific practices to broader social and cultural patterns. Through individually designed, hands-on projects, students will learn the basics of ethnographic methods and use
them to study a local institution of their choosing.