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Frequently Asked Questions

To be honest, none of these questions have been asked yet, let alone frequently, but we expect they'll come up.

How much work is this class?

ECER is a class of 5 EC, which corresponds to 140 hours of work total. That means that, in addition to attending lectures and tutorials, you should plan on spending an average of 12 hours per week on readings, homework, and assignments.

What will we work on?

According to the official course listing, you will be able to do the following when our time together comes to a close:

  1. Critically reflect on ethical dilemmas presented by various kinds of materials gathered in ethnographic research.
  2. Apply ethical principles and practical skills to process data in a way that is accountable to academic norms and codes of professional conduct.
  3. Understand how power and knowledge are related in social scientific inquiry.
  4. Articulate how computational approaches and new forms of data both integrate with and call into question the practice of ethnographic research.

We designed the lectures, tutorials and assignments and chose the readings with these objectives in mind.

Is attendance mandatory?

Attendance during lectures is voluntary but strongly advised. Participation in tutorials is obligatory. You may miss one session, but your tutorial instructor may ask you to complete an additional assignment to make up for the missed session. Students who miss more than one session without valid reasons will have a penalty of half a grade point applied to their final grade.

What is my grade based on?

Assessment in this class is based on three assignments:

  1. Your research report on a data walk (30 percent).
  2. Your group contribution to the Hacking Ethnography collection (pass/fail, 20 percent).
  3. Your answers to essay questions relating the course content to Dealing in Desire (50 percent).

We will discuss all three assignments during tutorials.

Can I redo any of the assignments?

In accordance with Institute and Faculty policies, you can redo an assignment if your overall grade is lower than 5.5. Your revised assignment will need to be a noticeable improvement over your original assignment to be considered for an improved grade. Be sure to incorporate any feedback provided on your first attempt.

Revised assignments will be due within two weeks after the grades for assignment 3 have been published. If you decide to redo an assignment at that point, please let the course coordinator know which one you intend to redo.

How should I format my assignments?

Assignments 1 and 3 should follow the Institute's Style Guide, employ consistent references, and include a list of works cited. Aim to write clear prose, using paragraphs and subheadings to organize your writing. Use your creativity in assignment 2---no formal criteria apply (though you should still make sure to credit your sources!).

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