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Бакалаврская программа «Социология и социальная информатика»

Research Seminar "Digital Anthropology"

2019/2020
Учебный год
ENG
Обучение ведется на английском языке
3
Кредиты
Статус:
Курс по выбору
Когда читается:
4-й курс, 1-3 модуль

Преподаватели


Козловская Ангелина Юрьевна

Course Syllabus

Abstract

This seminar is intended for the students interested in qualitative study of social practices in various digital settings. Anthropology is the main disciplinary frame of reference in this seminar. The content and goals of the semiar are threefold. First, we will read and discuss seminal works in digital anthropology to understand the field and to “learn by example”. Second, we will devote some classroom time and home assignments to the training in designing and writing up a research project, with a particular focus on fieldwork in digital environment. And finally, during the course all students will participate in the group research projects on the topic of their choice studying human behavior in some digital environment; we will discuss projects in class at every stage.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • will familiarize themselves with the modern anthropological ideas and ethnographic data on the role of various digital media in the social life and acquire skills necessary to fulfil anthropological fieldwork in digital environment
  • will practice their academic skills in reading, writing and speaking
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • being able to use essential tools of ethnography — participant observation and interviews, as well as understanding the specific requirements and limitations of ethnographic fieldwork in the online communities
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Introduction: Defining Social Media
  • Ethnographic methods: Fieldnotes
  • Research Project: Formulating research question
  • Reading: Fieldwork in Digital Environments
  • Research Project: Literature Review
  • Ethnographic methods: Participant Observation
  • Reading: Online Communities
  • Research Project: Defining your Field
  • Ethnographic Methods: Interview
  • Research Project: Data Analysis
  • Presentation of Group Projects
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Essays
  • non-blocking Fieldwork
  • non-blocking Participation in class
  • non-blocking Group project report in written form
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (3 module)
    0.325 * Essays + 0.325 * Fieldwork + 0.2 * Group project report in written form + 0.15 * Participation in class
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Lange, P. G. (2014). Kids on YouTube : Technical Identities and Digital Literacies. Walnut Creek, CA: Routledge. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=666125
  • Underberg, N. M., & Zorn, E. (2013). Digital Ethnography : Anthropology, Narrative, and New Media (Vol. 1st ed). Austin: University of Texas Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=548651

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Wesch, M., & Whitehead, N. L. (2012). Human No More : Digital Subjectivities, Unhuman Subjects, and the End of Anthropology. Boulder: University Press of Colorado. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=490947