Lab on Methodology of Ethnographic Research (2019/2020)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Stefano Maltese
Stefano Maltese
Number of ECTS credits allocated
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Language of instruction
Sem 2A dal Feb 17, 2020 al Mar 28, 2020.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

The course is intended to provide students with both the theoretical and practical knowledge of the basic methods used in ethnographic fieldwork. Being organized as a laboratory, the course will take advantage of several teaching methods (lectures, projections and analysis of videos and still pictures, simulations, class readings, etc.) and will guide the students to a critical understanding of the complexity of fieldwork through a participatory formula.
For such a reason, even though it is not mandatory in order to take the final exam, attending classes is strongly recommended.


The course will be held at the University of Verona according to the following schedule:

17.02.2020 – h. 14.00-17.00, Aula H, Ex Palazzo di Economia
24.02.2020 – h. 14.00-17.00, Aula H, Ex Palazzo di Economia
02.03.2020 – h. 14.00-17.00, Aula H, Ex Palazzo di Economia
09.03.2020 – h. 14.00-17.00, Aula H, Ex Palazzo di Economia
16.03.2020 – h. 14.00-17.00, Aula H, Ex Palazzo di Economia
23.03.2020 – h. 14.00-17.00, Aula H, Ex Palazzo di Economia

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
a cura di Stefano Maltese Dispense per il Laboratorio di approfondimento sulla metodologia della ricerca antropologica 2020 Disponibile su Moodle dall'inizio del corso
Mariano Pavanello Fare antropologia. Metodi per la ricerca etnografica Zanichelli 2010 ISBN 978-88-08-06325-0

Assessment methods and criteria

The critical understanding of the topics discussed in the course will be assessed through an oral exam. Those who have attended at least four out of six classes are requested to produce a short report (6/8 sheets) and present it orally (topics of the report to be agreed upon at the end of the course). The oral exam for those who have not attended the classes consists of an interview on the course readings.

The final exam aims at verifying: the depth of knowledge gained; the critical and rhetorical skills of the student; his/her ability in connecting topics, using the appropriate vocabulary.

NOTE: Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, and in accordance with the University of Verona guidelines, during ​the 2020 summer session the assessment modality will be modified as follows: online oral exam.