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Unit Overview


Students are introduced to a range of practical dilemmas, ethical challenges and the details of how knowledge is produced in anthropological research as it is applied in research settings and professional practice. The aim is for students to learn about aspects of practising as a professional social scientist and to gain an in-depth understanding of focus group methods. Social Science graduates increasingly find employment 'outside' the Academy and there is an increasing demand for social scientists in a diverse range of settings. Therefore, an implicit theme in the seminar series is for students to consider the challenges, ethical dilemmas, and the adaptation of qualitative interview methods in a range of applied contexts. Students gain experience in conducting focus groups, analysing the data collected and presenting it in oral and written form.

6 points

Students are able to (1) demonstrate a coherent and advanced knowledge of a range of epistomologies; a comprehensive understanding of qualitative focus group methods, their strengths and limitations and their role in qualitative research; (2) demonstrate their ability to develop an appropriate research question for a project based on qualitative focus group data collection; discuss their research question and design with clarity and receptivity to constructive criticism; and understand the importance of an evidence-based explanation, not mere description; (3) demonstrate their ability to analyse and assess a range of opinions about a specific question in one area of contemporary international politics and to apply critical analytical skills through an analytical exercise to produce a reasoned argument with intellectual independence; and (4) demonstrate their ability to prepare the ethics application, Information Sheet and interview shedule for their research question; a comprehensive understanding ethical implications of this method.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) seminar participation and (2) written and oral assessments. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Loretta Baldassar
Unit rules
ANTH7482 Honours Seminar 2 (Anthropology)
Contact hours
seminars: 2 hours per week for up to 10 weeks
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  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.