UNIMASMOOC: Borneo Ethnography

UNIMASMOOC: Borneo Ethnography

This course will explore the transformation in ethnography by examining ethnography of Borneo societies. It will be divided into three parts, namely, the concept of ethnography, its origin and evolution; ethnography as empirical methodology and cultural critique; and contemporary debates on ethnography, its roles, functions and relevance in the social sciences. Origins of ethnography, theory of reflexive ethnography and the future of ethnography will also be discussed.


By the end of this MOOC, students are able to:

1. Investigate the relevance of ethnography in contemporary social sciences.

2. Analyze the dynamics of ethnography, its account of ‘the Other’ and their society as a whole.

3. Organize ethnographic fieldwork among a local community in Borneo.

4. Explain certain socio-cultural conditions by applying the various theories in ethnography.

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