Ethnographic Practicum Assignment Topics
Teaching Materials / Undergraduate Ethnography

Ethnographic Practicum Assignment Topics

The challenge we often face while incorporating ethnography in undergraduate classes is that most students find it difficult to narrow down their interests and choose a specific topic for their assignment. Far from limiting students’ choices, this list of suggested topics helps students get a sense of how they can structure their project, choose a field-site, or suspend the tyranny of choice. The list we offer here is designed for a course with a focus on social movements, yet it serves as a template for you to modify and change as you fit. Most of the suggested topics here are designed for a major course assignment (these could weigh up to 15% or 20% of the final course grade). Continue reading

Tips for TAs on Teaching Ethnography
Teaching Materials / Undergraduate Ethnography

Tips for TAs on Teaching Ethnography

As TAs, you have a major role in supporting students every step along their ethnographic journey. While many of these tips might apply equally to teaching other non-ethnographic courses, we advise you to be extra friendly, present, patient, and supportive in teaching ethnographic courses. We share an engaging infographic here that will be helpful in your teaching experiences. Continue reading

Ethics Forms Templates for Ethnographic Research
Teaching Materials / Undergraduate Ethnography

Ethics Forms Templates for Ethnographic Research

Depending on the type of ethnographic research your students will undertake, you might need to obtain an ethics approval from the Ethical Review Board (ERB) in your university. In some cases, you might have an internal/delegated ethics review board in your department which will be responsible for reviewing your ethics documents. We share some templates here that will help you with your own ethics documents & applications. Continue reading

Ethnographic Practicum Workshop Slides
Teaching Materials / Undergraduate Ethnography

Ethnographic Practicum Workshop Slides

If you decide to incorporate an ethnographic practicum component in your undergraduate course, we recommend that you spend one class (or more) during the first few weeks of the semester introducing ethnography to your students. We share some slides here that walk students through the major steps in their ethnographic journey. These can serve as an inviting quick guide to ethnography. The slides include a list of ethnographic methods such as interviewing and media analysis, challenges of beginning fieldwork, tips to choosing a field-site and writing field-notes, and reflections on positionality. Continue reading

Introducing: Teaching Ethnography to Undergrads
Teaching Materials / Undergraduate Ethnography

Introducing: Teaching Ethnography to Undergrads

This is the first post of a series on ethnographic teaching materials for undergraduate students both within and beyond anthropology. The resources shared in this series are the culmination of the efforts of faculty members and teaching assistants at the University of Toronto. We have tried, tested, and developed everything posted in this series over the course of months (if not years in some cases). By sharing these resources, we invite professors, teaching assistants, and students to engage with ethnography in their different class settings. Continue reading

Time at the University
Ethnography of the University / Events / Updates

Time at the University

How do different temporalities shape the life of the university? How do faculty, staff and students make time, spend time, and value time, past, present and future? Who tries to manage time, and why? Students in Ethnographic Practicum courses ANT473 and ANT6200 carried out research at different sites around campus to find out… Come hear … Continue reading

Final Papers (Ethnography of the University 2018: Focus on Politics)
Ethnography of the University / Focus on Politics 2018 / Undergraduate Ethnography

Final Papers (Ethnography of the University 2018: Focus on Politics)

The students of ANT473 and ANT6200 Ethnographic Practicum: The University, taught by Prof. Tania Li at the University of Toronto in 2018 have each written a final paper examining an aspect of politics on campus. Click on the links below to access the PDFs of their papers. Politics as Fun Laughter_Relief_and Bonding through Memes -By … Continue reading