Research Methodology


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

Xénia Venusta Braz Alves Ferreira de Carvalho


Weekly - 4

Total - 168

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

Available soon

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. 


Programs where the course is taught: