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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - ANG6030
Tracking Number - 4924

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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2015-12-01
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: GC Approved 10/12/15; to USF Sys 10/12/15; to SCNS 10/28/15. Nmbr 6030 approved as 6392 effective 12/1/15

Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2014-02-05
  2. Department: Anthropology
  3. College: AS
  4. Budget Account Number:
  5. Contact Person: Heide Castaneda
  6. Phone: 9742138
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: ANG
  9. Number: 6030
  10. Full Title: Engaging Ethnography
  11. Credit Hours: 3
  12. Section Type: D - Discussion (Primarily)
  13. Is the course title variable?: N
  14. Is a permit required for registration?: N
  15. Are the credit hours variable?: N
  16. Is this course repeatable?: N
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 0
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): Engaging Ethnography
  19. Course Online?: C - Face-to-face (0% online)
  20. Percentage Online: 0
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites: none
  23. Corequisites: none
  24. Course Description: What does engaged research and writing look like, and to what effect? Explore ethnographic monographs to discover how various forms of engagement can transform research epistemologies, questions, methodologies, and products, and define own approach.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: Replacing Selected Topics with Permanent number; already listed in program
  26. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service? This course expands our department’s graduate program offerings in the area of applied anthropology by offering a course specifically in engaged research. Moreover, it responds to ongoing student commentary that they want to read more book-length ethnographies (as opposed to just ethnographic articles) in our program. Exposure to ethnographic monographs will ensure our graduates have training in ethnographic writing.
  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? Yes, 2 times
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) Ph.D. in anthropology
  29. Objectives: Course Objectives:

    • Expose students to a variety of ethnographic monographs.

    • Discuss each ethnography as both “process” and “product.”

    • Consider what makes each ethnography engaged (or not).

    • Offer students models to draw from as they craft their own engaged ethnographic research

    • Dialogue with authors about their experience practicing and/or writing engaged ethnography.

    • Encourage students to define their own approach to engaged research and writing.

  30. Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of this course, students will:

    • Be familiar with an array of approaches to engaged research.

    • Understand how research epistemologies, questions, methodologies, and products are shaped by such approaches.

    • Be able to articulate what makes ethnographic writing engaging.

    • Have some knowledge of the research and writing strategies used by engaged ethnographers based on first hand conversations with the authors.

    • Be familiar with an array of ethnographic narratives that they can use as models for their own research and writing.

    • Define their own approach to engaged ethnography.

  31. Major Topics: Major Course Topics:

    • Ethnography as process (ethnographic research)

    • Ethnography as product (ethnographic writing)

    • Epistemology

    • Methodology

    • Research design

    • Narrative structure and storytelling

    • Politically engaged research

    • Activist anthropology

    • Public anthropology and writing for a broader public

    • Participatory Action Research

    • Applied anthropology

    • The politics of research

  32. Textbooks: This course does not use a textbook.
  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases: This course is structured around the reading of approximately ten recently published engaged ethnographies. The readings will change each time the course is taught. Students will be asked to purchase or borrow approximately ten ethnographies, typically sold in paperback at around $25 each.
  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy: This course is a seminar based on student-centered discussion and depends upon active student participation. Grades are assigned as follows:

    • 25% Participation

    • 40% Thought pieces (8 x 5 points)

    • 10% Class presentation

    • 25% Final paper

  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests: Assignments include:

    • Reading one ethnographic monograph per week

    • Writing eight weekly thought pieces, including a one-paragraph analytical commentary and two questions for the author

    • One in-class presentation in week 2 of the semester

    • One 20-page final paper

  36. Attendance Policy: Course Attendance at First Class Meeting – Policy for Graduate Students: For structured courses, 6000 and above, the College/Campus Dean will set the first-day class attendance requirement. Check with the College for specific information. This policy is not applicable to courses in the following categories: Educational Outreach, Open University (TV), FEEDS Program, Community Experiential Learning (CEL), Cooperative Education Training, and courses that do not have regularly scheduled meeting days/times (such as, directed reading/research or study, individual research, thesis, dissertation, internship, practica, etc.). Students are responsible for dropping undesired courses in these categories by the 5th day of classes to avoid fee liability and academic penalty. (See USF Regulation – Registration - 4.0101,

    Attendance Policy for the Observance of Religious Days by Students: In accordance with Sections 1006.53 and 1001.74(10)(g) Florida Statutes and Board of Governors Regulation 6C-6.0115, the University of South Florida (University/USF) has established the following policy regarding religious observances: (

    In the event of an emergency, it may be necessary for USF to suspend normal operations. During this time, USF may opt to continue delivery of instruction through methods that include but are not limited to: Blackboard, Elluminate, Skype, and email messaging and/or an alternate schedule. It’s the responsibility of the student to monitor Blackboard site for each class for course specific communication, and the main USF, College, and department websites, emails, and MoBull messages for important general information.

  37. Policy on Make-up Work: Final Papers without documented circumstance beyond students control will be accepted past due date and will be penalized a letter grade (2.5 points) for each day or portion thereof that passes beyond this deadline.

    Thought Pieces submitted late but before class starts will receive a point deduction for tardiness. They will not be accepted after the start of class on the week they are due.

    Academic Integrity

    I take academic integrity seriously and will not tolerate any form of academic dishonesty. All written work is expected to be your own and all sources of data or information must be appropriately cited and recognized. If you are unsure how to do this, please see me in office hours or ask in class. If you are uncertain as to what constitutes academic dishonesty, please consult the University of South Florida's Graduate Catalogue for further details. The instructor’s determination that a violation of the university’s academic integrity policies has occurred on any of the assignments will result in a failing grade in the course.

  38. Program This Course Supports: MA and PhD programs in Applied Anthropology
  39. Course Concurrence Information: This course will be open to all graduate students and the instructor will advertise it across CAS and in other colleges to encourage cross-disciplinary enrollment. In the past students came from engineering, public health, education, sociology, and Latin American studies.

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