Getting Out There - Anthropology On Terrain

Introduction to work in the field and use of multiple disciplines in anthropology
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Published 9/2016 English

Course Description

Introduction to work in the field and use of multiple disciplines in anthropology

Intended for students and dabblers of all levels, this course aims to address multiple problems and techniques that you will encounter in the field. By the end of the course, the students should be capable of realistic assessment of situations in the field, comprehension of the work of others and producing unbiased research. Safety in the field is addressed in the course.
Be advised that this course features difficult thematics. 

What are the requirements?

  • basic knowledge of anthropology is welcome and helpful, but not crucial

What am I going to get from this course?

  • assess situations in the field
  • recognise bias in other researchers
  • lead and conduct their own independent research
  • assess data gathered via a variety of sources
  • utilise multiple disciplines and decide which one is the best for their cause

What is the target audience?

  • this course is NOT suited for people suffering from anxiety and depression
  • suited for anybody with an interest in anthropology

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Curriculum

Section 1: 1. Anthropology In There And Anthropology Out There
03:35

Introduction to Anthropology on Terrain: Getting Out There


Anthropological Encyclopedia resources are linked below.
Also recommended - 

Barnard, A. and Spencer, J. (Eds.) 2002 (1998) Encyclopedia of Social And Cultural Anthropology, London & New York, Routledge


For those who are interested in the different styles of referencing, the Academic Referencing Tool from La Trobe University is linked. 

A lecture transcript is provided for download.

6 questions

This practical will present you with a scenario and a question. Several answers will be given as an option. There may or may not be several answers possible. Because Udemy only allows one answer per question as correct, you should make your own notes about what you think and check for the discussion of the question and the correct answer (and why) that will be provided in the following section.

Remember - while this is only a practical, in real life, someone's survival or safety may depend on your decisions; also, your research may be biased by informants, deliberately and accidentally both, as well as by your own wrong decisions.

Article

Discussion of the answers for the preceding quiz - Beliefs And Superstitions

5 questions

In this exercise, you will be challenged to make informed decisions between what you were likely taught at Uni and what is out there. Please answer the questions given; the same system applies as before.

Article

Discussion of the answers for the preceding quiz - Out Of The Frying Pan

8 questions

In this exercise, you will be presented with several mannerisms of different people. They will belong to different cultures and social classes, as well as different religious beliefs. The point of the exercise is to teach you to ascertain potential peril, and to recognise troublemakers in different social, cultural and religious (SCR) contexts.
Remember - there is no way in the world that this exercise can cover all possibilities, so, especially if you do poorly, please devote some further time to the study of behaviours and responses, as well as prejudices, of the cultures around you and the one(s) you wish to study.

Article

Discussion of the answers for the preceding quiz - Caution - Danger Ahead! Danger And Troublemakers

Article

Discussion of the expected and unexpected; a study of three articles

Suggested Reading - 
  • Barley, N. (2012 (1983)) The Innocent Anthropologist, Eland Publishing, London
  • Evans-Pritchard, E. E. (1976 (1937)) Witchcraft, Oracles and Magic among the Azande, Oxford University Press
  • Knight, J. (ed) (2001 (2000)) Natural Enemies: People-Wildlife Conflict in Anthropological Perspective, Routledge
Section 2: 2. Anthropology And Fieldwork - What It's Really Like Out There
04:13

Introductory video to Anthropology and Fieldwork

A lecture transcript is provided for download.

06:25

Discussion of Hypocritical Anthropology

A lecture transcript is provided for download.

Article

Discussion of Perspective

03:01

Discussion about Informants

A lecture transcript is provided for download.

05:08

Discussion of relevant technology and how tos in fieldwork

A lecture transcript is provided for download.

05:43

Discussion of health and practical life in the field

A lecture transcript is provided for download.

Article

Discussion of First Aid and further health concerns in fieldwork

6 questions

So what would you take with you if...? This practical offers you scenarios that you could easily end up in. Take the quiz and assess what you would do in each situation.

Article

Discussion of the answers for the preceding quiz - Equipment - Terrain And Troubles (Note Taking)

The attached resources are there to help you and to give you a starting point with your search for equipment for fieldwork.

Section 3: 3. Funding And Projects - Figuring Out A Way of Doing What You Like
15:37

Discussion of funding and projects 

A lecture transcript is provided for download.

4 questions

You will be provided with a contract clause that you will have to determine the meaning of. The clause will be structured in legalese and the potential answers will offer alternative simple interpretations of the meaning.
In each instance, you should select the answer that seems to explain the clause the most accurately. 

Article

Discussion of the answers for the preceding quiz - Trouble In The Contract

Article

Discussion of reliable and unreliable funding

5 questions

Now, with this in mind, let's study these practical examples and how people acted. I want you to answer with right or wrong, and then, as usual, we'll look at the correct or wrong answers together.

Article

Discussion of the answers for the preceding quiz - Reliable and Unreliable Funding

Article

Discussion of researching online

Section 4: 4. There Be Monsters – Dangers Of Working In The Field
03:11

An introductory video to the dangers of working in the field

A lecture transcript is provided for download.

05:00

Discussion of xenophobia in the context of fieldwork

A lecture transcript is provided for download.

Image References - 

  • http://www.madakravmaga.com/images/krav-1.jpg
  • https://i.ytimg.com/vi/ahzBMnpSIlI/hqdefault.jpg
  • http://www.bostonmartialarts.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/JEG6406.jpg
Article

Discussion of Racism

07:48

Discussion of Illness 

A lecture transcript is provided for download.

Image References - 

  • http://shop.menstrualcup.co/product_images/e/190/Soft_tampons__59783_zoom.jpg - retrieved on 08/06/16
  • http://gynotex.info/css/images/tampons.png
  • Image of menstrual cups - Frank Krueger - www.meluna.eu - retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Menstrual_cup#/media/File:Meluna_farbauswahl_1_1.jpg on 08/06/16
  • Black Mamba picture - By Bill Love/Blue Chameleon Ventures - Bill Love / Blue Chameleon Ventures / Reptile & Amphibian Photo Gallery (Dendroaspis polylepis), CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=17947642
Article

Discussion of Medical Practices Abroad

06:37

Discussion of creepy experiences

A lecture transcript is provided for download.

Article

Discussion of real danger and dealing with threats

Article

Discussion of Mental Health and Superstitions

5 questions

In this exercise, we will examine how good you are at keeping things safe. We've all heard of internet safety. And we wouldn't just give any old stranger our home number (I hope not, anyway). But on the other hand, university courses teach us to be kindly and trusting to our informants, whoever they might be. This literally overrides the sane responses in some; so I'd like you to take this quiz to see where you stand on this.

Article

Discussion of the answers to the preceding quiz - Am I Safe? How Much Info Am I Putting Out?

9 questions

You will be manipulated at some point during your research, as well as your life. This exercise will explore the types of manipulation you may encounter, and your answers should give you a clue on how good you are at noticing things may be going elsewhere than desired

Article

Discussion of the answers to the preceding quiz - Manipulation and Informants - What's Happening?

16 questions

We've covered a lot of this before - now it's time for the quiz. We'll be looking at several categories: people and interaction, superstition and mental health, extremism and Eurocentric guilt, and then, we'll tie it all together in observation bias.

Article

Discussion of the answers to the preceding quiz - Bias or Not Bias

Section 5: 5. What A Man Can Do And What A Man Can't Do – When Armchair Becomes A Necessity
02:33

Discussion of the necessity of Armchair Anthropology

A lecture transcript is provided for download.

Article

Discussion of anthropological misinterpretations

01:46

Continued discussion of Armchair Anthropology

A lecture transcript is provided for download.

Article

Discussion of Myths in History

02:35

Concluding Discussion of Armchair Anthropology

Suggested Reading (Anthropologists who did not go into the field) - 

  • Durkheim, E. 
  • Okely, J. 
  • Hodkinson, P. 

All these anthropologists have either not gone into the field altogether (Durkheim, for instance, could be considered a classical case of armchair anthropologist, but still a brilliant mind!) or have done a form of fieldwork that was not done abroad (we will discuss anthropology at home later). This does not, in any way, diminish their capability and the veracity of their respective works. I suggested their names only on purpose, as pretty much everything you will read by them is of interest and is informative in itself.

A lecture transcript is provided for download.

4 questions

Spot the mistake and tell us which it was.

Article

Discussion of the answers for the preceding quiz - Armchair and Fieldwork

3 questions

In this practical, you will be given several possible answers to a picture. You may have to find the correct answer or the misinterpretation, so be careful about answering, read the question thoroughly not to make a mistake. The answers offered each have one definite misinterpretation and one correct interpretation, but other interpretations may all be possible under some circumstances.

Article

Discussion of the answers for the preceding quiz - Interpretation and Misinterpretation

Section 6: 6. Anthropology Abroad
10:16

Discussion of Anthropology Abroad

A lecture transcript is provided for download.

3 questions

We've done a few questions on this before, now it's time for another one. Only this time, we'll be asking ourselves - are we biased, or are we just dealing with something nasty?

Article

Discussion of the answers to the preceding quiz - Avoiding Bias

Section 7: 7. Anthropology In Your Own Back Yard
04:14

Discussion of Anthropology at home

A lecture transcript is provided for download.

3 questions

Another cruel one. We will look at what we refer to as ethics and morality, in real life situations. The aim of this one is to make you think about what those two words really mean, and whether or not they have space not only in research, but in the everyday human world.

Article

Discussion of the answers to the preceding quiz - Ethics - Is It Just An Excuse?

Section 8: 8. Coming Back – Is It Really A Shocker?
08:30

Discussion of culture shock and the effects of returning from researching abroad

A lecture transcript is provided for download.

Article

Discussion of responses (considering psychology, inculturation and indoctrination)

Article

Discussion of SCR and Responses - How They Are Expressed

Article

Discussion of SCR and Responses - What To Expect

3 questions

In this exercise, we will endeavour to spot what is going on under the seeming behaviour. In other words, even if it's dressed into superstition or a totally different emotion, we will try to notice and understand what we're REALLY dealing with, how being in a different dress influences everyone involved's action/reaction patterns and what you can expect or do in relation to it. As always, there will be explanations given with the right and wrong answers.

Article

Discussion of the answers to the preceding quiz - Spot The Psychology

3 questions

This exercise is about understanding yourself. As you probably all come from different backgrounds, I'm sure some of you could add a lot to the exercise - which is great, as it shows that you are willing to explore your own actions and reactions, and you should definitely pursue it off the course. The exercise available will cover most responses of most people, as it is meant for the average populace rather than to tackle specifics of each culture, society and so on. Remember - even if the SCR behavioural patterns are slightly different, our psychological responses as human beings are not, and even in our pathological responses, such as in terms of extreme indoctrination, we do not vary so greatly in our basic responses... so do complete the exercise, even if you can think of further questions you can later ask yourselves.

Article

Discussion of the answers to the preceding quiz - Spot What's Happening To You

Section 9: 9. Going Native – Full Immersion And To Which Point?
03:25

Discussion of Going Native - Full Immersion and to which point? Exploring Anthropology and Stockholm Syndrome

A lecture transcript is provided for download.

Article

Discussion of Stockholm Syndrome and Psychology 

The article of interest is the second article within the attached FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin, starting on page 10. 

Article

Discussion of Stockholm syndrome and SCR - the hows and whys of Going Native

Article

Discussion of Stockholm syndrome abroad - the classical Going Native

Article

Discussion of Stockholm Syndrome at home

5 questions

In this exercise, we'll be looking at Stockholm syndrome, and we'll be trying to spot when it is happening and when it isn't. Some questions may have more than one correct or wrong answer, or they may not have a wrong or a correct answer at all.

Article

Discussion of the answer to the preceding quiz - Spotting Stockholm Syndrome

Section 10: 10. The Real Stuff – Anthropology And How It Can Be Applied To Everyday Life
11:47

Discussion of applications of Anthropology

A lecture transcript is provided for download.

Article

Discussion of personal experiences with the application of anthropology

Article

Discussion of how to find sources other of anthropological sources

Article

Discussion of superstition and science in the field and in sources

00:22

Introduction to Schools of Thought

A lecture transcript is provided for download.

Article

Discussion of several key Schools of Thought

4 questions

Let's return to the schools of thought. In anthropology, you will bump into them one way or another... so let's see whether they will get in your way and how.

Article

Discussion of the answers for the preceding quiz - Schools Of Thought

Section 11: 11. Living And Research – How Far Should You Push It?
03:11

Discussion of Mental Health, Danger and 'Personal Sacrifices'

A lecture transcript is provided for download.

Article

Discussion of Mental Health and Research - When are you going too far?

Suggested Reading and Sources - 

  • Mosquito Coast (1986 film starring Harrison Ford, Helen Mirren, River Phoenix)
  • Forbes, A. (1892) The Afghan Wars 1839-42 and 1878-80 (esp. the first war)
Article

Discussion about Understanding Communication With Your Loved Ones

Article

Discussion of vetoing decisions

4 questions

This practical will test how you would likely respond in a situation where the human factor is getting at loggerheads with your research. Keep our lecture in mind while taking it, but be honest - after all, you are being honest with yourself.

Article

Discussion of the answers to the preceding quiz - The Human Factor

Section 12: 12. Love What You Do – But Only So Far.
05:55

Discussion of staying in touch with who you are

A lecture transcript is provided for download.

6 questions

In this practical, you'll be given a set of depression test results (1). Your job is to figure out whether the person before you is depressed, and if so, how much. I hope I don't have to repeat how important this is in the field, both for your own mental health and to any you are in contact with or who have come with you. So really apply yourself here, as you never know when it will come in handy.

(1) NHS - http://www.nhs.uk/Tools/Pages/depression.aspx?Tag=Mental+health and http://www.nhs.uk/Tools/Pages/Mood-self-assessment.aspx?Tag=Mental+health

Article

Discussion of the answers for the preceding quiz - What's The Mood?

Section 13: 13. The Great What Ifs – Being Prepared Is A Must
00:38

Discussion of being prepared

A lecture transcript is provided for download.

4 questions

This quiz is possibly my favourite quiz in this entire MOOC, because I used to play stuff like that all the time when I was a weird kid, and I still do now as a weird adult, only now, I get to pretend it's an important part of a lecture.

Which it is. We'll be looking at these questions - what would you take to a place, and what would you do if.

Let's start.

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Instructor Biography

Helidth Ravenholm, Anthropological Consultant and freelancing field researcher

Helidth Ravenholm is an anthropological consultant and a freelance researcher with a BA in Archaeology and Anthropology and a PgCert in Anthrozoology. 

With nearly a decade of experience in field research, she has conducted research both during her studies and after it, including several years abroad. Her findings have led her to form Culture Contact, her consultation business, in an innovative form of application of anthropology, somewhat divorced from the classical teachings.
Not an academic by heart, Ravenholm continues to consult for private clients, ranging from businesses to private persons, on topics as diverse as interpersonal relations, business in intercultural environment, culturally caused mental health issues, cultism and even murder. Her business is currently on the supply list of several Fortune 500 companies, and prizes itself for not only its success, but also its discretion.
Ravenholm specialises in indoctrination among other topics, and has recently published two articles on her findings. Several books and further articles are still on the to-do list. Her no-nonsense approach, coupled with great care for human rights, make her stand apart from many colleagues.

In her private life, Ravenholm is a cat and dog mama*, an avid rider and a lover of art.


*We lost our Chichi in May before the MOOC was completed.

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