Participant observation and ethnography enable us to examine how social order is produced as people go about their everyday interactions. Multiple sources of naturally-occurring data are used to understand how communities, organisations and institutions work, informally as well as formally. Contemporary conditions of globalisation, individualisation, bureaucratisation and digitisation introduce new challenges for such fieldwork. This interdisciplinary course equips students with a practical understanding of qualitative fieldwork. Core conceptual, ethical and methodological debates are introduced through in-depth engagement with book-length exemplars, and through students' experience of fieldwork.

    Teacher: Picture of Flora CornishPicture of Elena Gonzalez-PolledoPicture of Alasdair JonesPicture of Chana Teeger