social science writing 01

Conduct and write up a short ethnographic study

IMPORTANT: Read this whole exercise before starting the Assignment.

Task: I have identified several 1 to 3 minute videos of people engaged in some activity. View all and pick one with which you are NOT familiar. Assignment: try to understand what the people are doing and why they choose to do it.

Goal: To understand ethnographic research.

Paper requirements are in red below

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This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeResearch ContextDescription of the research context.

Consider the following as things you might include in your description: what were you able to, and not able to observe? How was the camera positioned and how does this affect your ability to observe? Approximately when does it appear that these videos were created?

You might also consider questions like: in what space were these observations conducted? what is that space like? was it loud? were there many or a few people in the video? did they seem comfortable? what, in general, was the atmosphere like? etc. THESE ARE SUGGESTED DIRECTIONS FOR EXPLAINING THE RESEARCH CONTEXT

200.0 pts

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200.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeMajor ObservationsAfter having painted an overall picture of the research context, focus on 4 **major** things you observed with respect to the group. Select elements to include that will focus your reader on the most important, or key, aspects of what you saw and heard.

This section of the paper should be **purely descriptive** – simply, and as accurately as you can, **describe** what happened. Don’t make assumptions; don’t bring in your opinions. Throughout, be detail-oriented and stick to “the facts”.

300.0 pts

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300.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeInterpretationUse the observations elaborated in the previous section as a basis for an interpretation / explanation of “what the people were doing,” in the sense of how the people involved would have made sense of their behaviour given the social context. **This explanation should be presented as a thesis statement.** The explanation – your thesis – should be non-obvious, and supported by evidence from the observations. That is, show how your specific and detailed observations support your interpretation of “what the people were doing.”

After doing this, **describe how you came to your view that this is how they would have made sense of what they were doing.**

300.0 pts

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300.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeCourse MaterialsMake sure the paper includes material from at least two readings from the list given in the prompt. Include citations and a bibliography. This is graded not JUST on the inclusion of citations, but how well you use them/they fit with your paper

100.0 pts

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100.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeStyleWell-structured (uses headings), well-written, no typos, creativity in interpretation.

100.0 pts

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100.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeCurveThese are the points added to your score to achieve a fair curve.

0.0 pts

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This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeLate PenaltyThese are the points subtracted from your score for late submissions. This is assessed as a 2% deduction per day.

0.0 pts

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Total Points: 1,000.0

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