Anthropology Ph.D. Learning Outcomes

PLO 1. Core Knowledge

  • Knowledge of major theoretical traditions in the discipline.
  • Knowledge of intellectual currents and debates important to the history and development of sociocultural anthropology.

PLO 2. Research Methods and Analysis

  • Acquire understanding and experience with a range of methods used by anthropologists, including ethnography, participant-observation, comparative/historical analysis, interviewing, digital video and audio recording data collection and analysis, transcription production and analysis, etc.
  • Examine the strengths and limitations of different research methods
  • Acquire understanding and experience developing a project of empirical research guided by anthropological theory.
  • Carry out methodological sound research
  • Understand and follow research ethics

PLO 3. Pedagogy

  • Acquire understanding and experience of a range of pedagogical techniques for teaching undergraduate and graduate anthropology courses.
  • Design lessons and assignments
  • Lead discussions
  • Respond to diverse student learning needs
  • Effectively assess student work
  • Mentor students
  • Address common classroom challenges

PLO 4. Scholarly Communication

  • Review and cogently summarize relevant literatures
  • Structure an argument and support it with evidence
  • Produce writing appropriate for a scholarly publication
  • Effectively present research

PLO 5. Professionalism

  • Contribute to the profession, department, and university
  • Develop profession networks
  • Present scholarly work publicly
  • Carry out research responsibly
  • Publish scholarly work
  • Edit and evaluate others’ work
  • Adhere to tenets of academic integrity, and professional ethics.

PLO 6. Independent Research

  • Develop own area of research specialization
  • Acquire understanding and experience of developing funding proposals to conduct anthropological research.
  • Undertake individual, long-term ethnographic field research for at least 9 months.
  • Develop own research in accordance with the standards in the field
  • Produce scholarship that will be suitable for publication in profession venues.

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