Ethnography – Student Rep Meeting 20th November 2012 Present: Rebecca Marsland and Alice Randle Apologies: Euan Bookless Positives Students have really been enjoying the group work, the different kinds of writing, and the opportunity to develop new (transferable) skills, like setting up and carrying out an interview. The course complements Social Anthropology 2 very well. Group work has been great for the development of friendships – this rarely happens in other first and second year courses. Suggestions More anthropology students should be encouraged to take this course, it is good preparation for their dissertation in the third and fourth year, and it would balance out the tutorial groups with students from other subject areas, who often know less about anthropology More theory! The tutorials focus very much on getting the Space Project done, and how to do ethnography and this works very well. However, there doesn’t seem to be a space in which students can discuss theory. Suggestions include – having an additional weekly seminar (as opposed to tutorial) in which theory is discussed; replacing the book review (students didn’t really understand why they had to do it) with an essay that would encourage students to engage more closely with the lectures and/or theoretical readings The lecture theatre is too big, and inappropriate for such an innovative course (ie didactic form of teaching doesn’t fit). Seminar Rooms One and Two (CMB) might work better.