2023 Anthropology Methods Summer Workshop

The Anthropology Methods Summer Workshop will teach anthropology students about research design and train them in qualitative and ethnographic research methods.

Target Students

Students eager to learn about research design and ethnographic research methods, especially those majoring or minoring in Anthropology, Ethnology or related disciplines (e.g. Sociology, Cultural Studies, Social History, Religion, etc.) intending to pursue postgraduate degrees.

Priority will be given to final year undergraduates and MA/MPhil students who will soon be applying to PhD programmes. All students will be expected to be able to function at a high level in English since that will be the primary language of the Workshop.


Friday 16 to Tuesday 20 June 2023. A half-day fieldtrip will be included for practical skills training.

Seminar Topics

  • Research Design: How to Frame a Proposal for Ethnographic Research
  • Research Ethics in Anthropology
  • The Literature Review
  • The Statement of Goals and Significance
  • Planning for and entering the field
  • Interviewing Skills
  • When and How to Use Questionnaires
  • Participant Observation and Rapport
  • Keeping and Retrieving Field Notes
  • Direct and Unobtrusive Observation
  • Using and Analyzing Visual Media
  • Text Analysis and Identifying Themes
  • Ethnographic Writing


Dr. Joseph Bosco, who has recently retired from the Department, will lead the workshop. Dr. Bosco taught the postgraduate methods seminar for 24 years, and was Graduate Division Head for 19 years. He will attend all sessions with the students. Current teachers from the Department will give lectures and participate in meals. Advanced PhD students in the Anthropology Department will discuss their fieldwork experiences and answer questions, giving participants a practical and deeper understanding of fieldwork.

Costs and Expenses

The Workshop is free. Students are expected to cover the cost of transportation to Hong Kong and to the CUHK campus. Free on-campus accommodation and a modest meal allowance will be provided. Accepted students will be asked to pay a HK$1000 deposit that will be refunded once they arrive for the Workshop.


Application form: https://cloud.itsc.cuhk.edu.hk/webform/view.php?id=13664055

Application deadline: Monday 10 April, 2023

The application includes:

  • an application form
  • academic transcripts
  • proof of English ability; TOEFL or IELTS scores preferred
  • two letters of recommendation
  • two short essays (under 800 words in total) with the prompts “I want to pursue postgraduate studies in anthropology because…” and “The research topic I am most interested in is….”

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