FL6803: Research Methods in Foodways

Credit Weighting: 10
No. of Students: Min 13, Max 40.
Pre-requisite(s): None
Co-requisite(s): None
Teaching Period(s): Semesters 1 or 2 or 3. (Semester details will be confirmed at the start of the programme.).
Teaching Methods: 6 x 3hr(s) Lectures; 6 x 3hr(s) Workshops; 150hr(s) Directed Study
Module Co-ordinator: Dr Stiofán Ó Cadhla, Roinn An Bhéaloidis.
Lecturer(s): Staff, Roinn An Bhéaloidis.
Module Objective: To give students an understanding of a range of approaches to qualitative foodways studies, familiarising students with contemporary ethnographic and other case studies, with a focus on methodology.
Module Content: As with any cultural process that is embedded in everyday life, food culture can be investigated using a range of methodological approaches. This module presents a range of modes of qualitative enquiry, such as ethnographic interviewing, use of cultural archives, material culture documentation that can be used to document and interpret foodways contexts, and that can generate rich resources for the representation of these foodways and their significance to a broader audience.
Learning Outcome: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
  • Interpret food as a culturally constructed system.
  • Collect and present rich qualitative material on a chosen foodways topic/context.
  • Synthesise a description and analysis of a foodways context, using relevant qualitative methodologies.
  • Reflect on and assess their own research.
  • Design a research project.
  • Assess research resources in applied research.
Assessment: Total Marks 200: Continuous Assessment 200 marks (1 x 5,000 word research project (200 marks)).
Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.
Penalties (for late submission of course/project work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.
Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.
End of Year Written Examination Profile: No Formal Written Examination.
Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (as prescribed by the module co-ordinator).

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