Ethnographic research and reflexivity in development contexts Code Weight of the course Period Course Leader Lecturer Teaching Methods Exam Contact ISS-3303 4 ECTS TERM 3 Roy Huijsmans Roy Huijsmans Participatory Lectures, workshops Assignments 100% Tanya Kingdon Learning objectives Through this course, students will develop a reflexive attitude about the workings of power in ethnographic research and in relation to a series of epistemological debates and pragmatic choices. In addition, the course will equip students with skills, knowledge and confidence to design, conduct and evaluate ethnographic research in the context of development. Course description The course deals with a number of issues central to ethnographic research in the context of development, divided over the following four blocks: Block 1 ‘Situating ethnographic research’ deals with the history and politics of ethnographic knowledge in the field of development and covers key epistemological debates underpinning ethnography. Block 2 ‘Conducting ethnographic research’ deals with techniques and dilemmas in the field, including methods, ethics, positionality, gate-keepers, etc. Block 3 ‘Interpreting ethnographic observations’ deals with processing, analysis and interpretation of ethnographic material. Block 4 ‘Evaluating ethnographic research’ requires students to critically reflect on the usage, scope and limitations of ethnography in published work in development studies. Participatory lectures, audio-visual materials and small-group discussion and (research) activities are used to stimulate reflexivity and to offer scope to relate the epistemological and methodological issues addressed to students’ individual RP plans. Indicative readings Falzon, M.-A., Ed. (2009). Multi-sited Ethnography: Theory, praxis and locality in contemporary research. Surrey, Burlington: Ashgate. Ferguson, J. (1999). Expectations of Modernity: Myths and meanings of urban life on the Zambian Copperbelt. Berkeley, Los Angeles, London: University of California Press. Hammersley, M. and P. Atkinson (2007). Ethnography: Principles in practice (third edition). London, New York: Routledge. Salemink, O. (2003). The Ethnography of Vietnam's Central Highlanders: A historical contextualization, 1850-1900. London: RoutledgeCurzon.