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SEMESTER Fall 2013
Cultural Anthropology (SOC401)
Assignment No. 02
Due Date: January 29, 2014 Marks: 20
Ethnography: Participant Observation
Learning objectives:
• To enable students to understand the theory and practice of participant observation
• To discover the nature of social reality by participating in social situations
You are supposed to select an accessible social, religious or cultural event, function,
celebration or gathering (it’s up to your feasibility and convenience) which you can attend
like: Meelad, marriage ceremony and cultural show etc.
• Go to the specific location and observe the event in detail first, keep the record of people
(class, status and lifestyle) and how they interact with each other.
• Secondly, note down the environmental, material and nonmaterial culture. (Give a brief
sketch of selected social situation or event).
After collecting the data, you are supposed to make a brief report about event that you have
1. Introduction of selected event(4)
2. Observations of selected event like: people (class, status and lifestyle) and their interaction,
material and non material culture, environment (10)
3. Conclusion (your personal experience of applying this research method methodology in
practical life) (6)
You can make it more interesting by giving the pictures of event if allowed by participants.
Specific responsibilities:
• Remember to take your field notebook and a pen.
• Plan how you will take notes during the observation activity or social situation.
• Select the time, day and date and look forward to how long you will collect participant
observation data of an occasion.
• Writing field notes, record of pictures (if possible)
• Closely describe and analyze empirical material.
• Interact with people socially and disclose your identity and purpose.
Learning outcome:
After conducting this field work students will be able to:
Understand the social realities of life and learn different human behaviors and cultural practices
through participant observation.
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• Give the answer according to question.
• For acquiring the relevant knowledge don’t rely only on handouts but watch the video
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