Study programme 2020-2021Français
Méthodologie de l'anthropologie
Programme component of Bachelor's in Human and Social Sciences à l"School of Human and Social Sciences

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CodeTypeHead of UE Department’s
contact details
UH-BM-SCHUMS-827-MOptional UECOGELS SergeH940 - Sociologie et Anthropologie
  • COGELS Serge

of instruction
of assessment
HT(*) HTPE(*) HTPS(*) HR(*) HD(*) CreditsWeighting Term
  • Français
Français30000055.001st term

AA CodeTeaching Activity (AA) HT(*) HTPE(*) HTPS(*) HR(*) HD(*) Term Weighting
H-SANT-201Anthropological Methodology300000Q1100.00%
Programme component

Objectives of Programme's Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the fundamentals (theories and tools) in human and social sciences
    • Identify and explain the basic theoretical trends in various fields of human sciences (law, economics, management, history, psychology, etc.) and their applications.
  • Sociology and Anthropology option : Understand the fundamentals in the field of sociology and anthropology
    • Have a critical view of theories, concepts and methods specific to sociology and anthropology.
    • Describe and analyse contemporary, minority or distant human societies; decipher speeches and social and cultural representations.
    • Avoid the pitfalls of ethnocentrism, sociocentrism and chronocentrisme.
  • Master knowledge from disciplines within social and human sciences.
    • Identify and explain the basic theories in political sciences and social sciences.
    • Understand the tools and methods adapted to these disciplines.
  • Put English language skills and skills of at least one other language other than French into practice.
    • Read and understand the overall meaning of non-specialised texts, listen and understand the overall meaning of audio documents.

Learning Outcomes of UE

At the end of the class, students will have acquired a comprehensive view of the various (past and current) theoretical trends in Anthropology as far as scientific methods are concerned. They will be apt questioning constructively the foundations as well as the validity of anthropological production, apt following the appropriate steps required by any investigation and apt choosing, amongst the range of available methodological tools, those which will be most appropriate for a good conduct of their research.  
Finally, they will have a clear idea of methods and techniques most typically used in the discipline, particularly those related to interviews, thanks to a detailed presentation, illustrated with examples drawn from the teacher's personal research experiences. 

Content of UE

The class is divided into 5 lessons. Lessons 1 to 4 consist in a tool box containing a series of i) concepts (culture, symbols and rituals, emic and etic approaches, structure and function, ...) ii) of positions typical of the exercise of the discipline (respect for the spokesperson, non-judgmental orientation, rejection of any type of instrumentalization, ... ) which the student will tame and later learn to manipulate simultaneously when he will acting "in the real" during future fieldwork.
In each lesson, a jump is made in history in order to understand how methodological tools have been used by our predecessors and what use one can make today of such past experiences.      
The plan is as follows:

Lesson 1: Spontaneous anthropology and empirical match
Lesson 2: Indigenous versus scientist discourses: lessons learned from evolutionist anthropologists
Lesson 3: The French school and British Social Anthropology. From observation to description: objectivist stance and contamination from ideology 
Lesson 4: Fieldwork and participatory observation: the conceptual and practical aspects of scientific research
Lesson 5: Methods and techniques for anthropological data gathering 

Prior Experience

Having succeeded with the class "Introduction to Anthropology", Bac 1

Type of Assessment for UE in Q1

  • Oral examination

Q1 UE Assessment Comments


Type of Assessment for UE in Q3

  • Oral examination

Q3 UE Assessment Comments


Type of Resit Assessment for UE in Q1 (BAB1)

  • N/A

Q1 UE Resit Assessment Comments (BAB1)

Not applicable

Type of Teaching Activity/Activities

AAType of Teaching Activity/Activities
  • Cours magistraux

Mode of delivery

AAMode of delivery
  • Face to face

Required Reading


Required Learning Resources/Tools

AARequired Learning Resources/Tools
H-SANT-201The student will be required to read the following papers: instructions will be given by the lecturer in due time:
 Cf. Supra, field in french for bibliographic records

The student must read one case study, of his choice, amongst the following list (or outside the list, with prior approval from the lecturer):
Cf. Supra, field in french for bibliographic records

Recommended Reading


Recommended Learning Resources/Tools

AARecommended Learning Resources/Tools
H-SANT-201ALBARELLO, L.  2002, "Apprendre à chercher: l'acteur social et la recherche scientifique ", De Boeck, Bruxelles, 197 p. ATKINSON, P. 1992 Understanding Ethnographic Texts.  Sage Publications "Qualitative Research Methods Series" Nr. 25 BEAUD S. & Weber F. 1998, Guide de l'enquête de terrain : Produire et analyser des données ethnographiques Paris, la découverte BECKER H.S. 2002, " Les ficelles du métier : Comment conduire sa recherche en sciences sociales , Ed. La Découverte & Syros, Paris 2002 CARATINI, S.  2004  " Les non-dits de l'anthropologie ", Presses Universitaires de France, Paris Comment conduire sa recherche en sciences sociales , Ed. La Découverte & Syros, Paris 2002 FETTERMAN, D. 1998   "Ethnography : Step by Step", Applied Social Research Methods Series, Vol.17, SAGE Publications, London HOBBS, D. & MAY, T. (eds.), 1993  "Interpreting the Field: Accounts of Ethnography", Clarendon Press, Oxford MERCIER P. 1984, " Histoire de l'anthropologie ", Le sociologue, 5, Presses Universitaires de France, Paris, 1984 OLIVIER DE SARDAN J-P 2008, " La rigueur du qualitatif : Les contraintes empiriques de l'interprétation socio-anthropologique " ? Editions Academia, Louvain la Neuve
POUPART J. 1997, " L'entretien de type qualitatif : considérations épistémologiques, théoriques et méthodologiques " in Gaëtan Morin (éd.), La recherche qualitative, enjeux épistémologiques, pptp.173-206. Montréal : Bibliothèque nationale du Québec. QUIVY R & VAN CAMPENHOUDT, L. 1995  " Manuel de recherche en sciences sociales ", Dunod ROSE, D. 1990  "Living the ethnographic life", London, SAGE, Qualitative Research Methods Nr. 23

Other Recommended Reading

AAOther Recommended Reading
H-SANT-201Cf. supra, bibliographic references in field in French

Grade Deferrals of AAs from one year to the next

AAGrade Deferrals of AAs from one year to the next
(*) HT : Hours of theory - HTPE : Hours of in-class exercices - HTPS : hours of practical work - HD : HMiscellaneous time - HR : Hours of remedial classes. - Per. (Period), Y=Year, Q1=1st term et Q2=2nd term
Date de génération : 09/07/2021
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