Research Methodology - 1st semester


Students are expected to practice and acquire the following skills throughout the semester: a) Use of a reading liest provided by the professor, in conjunction with the contents of the classes and the bibliographic resources existing in Nova-FCSH (printed and online). b) Read (weekly) a text, summarize and discuss it in class. c) Gain familiarity with ethnographic, historical and theoretical writing. d) Become familiar with the writing methods of the different authors (anthropologists) read during the semester (reserach objectives, Key theoretical arguments, presentation of results, conclusions). e) Search and consult bibliography online and in the Nova-FCSH library (specific training with library staff). f) Use the Chicago Style referencing standard. g) Orally present with the help of a written record (powerpoint) a small group work.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Francesco Vacchiano, Marta Rosales


Weekly - 4

Total - Available soon

Teaching language





Bernard, H. R., 2006. Research Methods in Anthropology: Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches. Walnut Creek: Altamira Press. Gilbert, N. (ed.), 2001. Researching Social Life. London: Sage Pub. Nunes, A. Sedas, 2001. Questões preliminares sobre as Ciências Sociais. Lisboa: Presença. Quivy, R. & L. Van Campenhoudt, 1998. Manual de Investigação em Ciências Sociais. Lisboa: Gradiva. Silva, A. S. & J. M. Pinto (org.), 1986. Metodologia das Ciências Sociais. Porto: Afrontamento.

Teaching method

All classes have both a theoretical and practical structure. The syllabus is presented by the teacher and explored together with the students.

Evaluation method

The evaluation has three moments: 1. Individual exercise performed in class 2. Individual exercise performed in class 3. Group exercise presented in class Individual assessment exercises consist of the production of two “reading cards” of a text produced from the Quotation-Argument-Connections-Implications (QATIs) model. The group assessment exercise consists of producing a critical reading exercise of three texts or a short book and its presentation in class.

Subject matter

I. Anthropology and the other Social Sciences a) Emergence and consolidation of the social sciences. b) Research topics in anthropology. c) Theory, method, analysis: three components of the same process. II. The production of scientific knowledge in the field of social sciences a) Scientific knowledge and common sense. b) Conditions and criteria of objectivity. c) Social Sciencnes different methodologies and ethnography, a brief overwiew. d) Data gathering and analycal tools, a brief overview. e) Ethics, neutrality, objectivity, authorship, plagiarism. f) Critical reading of anthropological texts: what to read and how to read. g) Reading sheets and reviews: uses, potentialities, limits. h) Writing: main difficulties and problems. i) Production of a short bibliography. Bibliography use.


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