Fall 2023 - SA 356W D100
Ethnography and Qualitative Methods (SA) (4)
Class Number: 2760
Delivery Method: In Person
An examination of qualitative field methods, including participant observation, interviewing, archival research, cross-cultural research, life histories, network analysis, mapping, and ethical problems of fieldwork. Writing.
Qualitative research methods – ethnography, participant observation, and interviewing – are core data collection and analytical practices for both anthropologist and sociologists. These research skills are also directly applicable for many kinds of employment. This course offers students the opportunity to learn how to employ these and other qualitative methods by engaging in a series of integrated research activities and a real qualitative research project. This class outlines the basic tasks of qualitative field research. Students will learn how to formulate a fruitful question, work through personal and ethical dilemmas raised by field research, and record, analyze, and formally present qualitative findings.
COURSE-LEVEL EDUCATIONAL GOALS:
At the end of this course students should be able to:
- read social science articles and identify the research question(s) and the research methods (described or implicit)
- articulate general ethical protocols and be able recognize and conduct ethical research
- be able to practice several different methods of data collection and analysis
- outline appropriate research strategies for different types of social inquiry
- explain research question and recruit participants to a study
- share findings in oral, visual, and/or written forms
- 2 ethnographic exercises 30%
- multi-part term project (life history) 45%
- (mostly) weekly quizzes 15%
- class attendance and participation 10%
*SA356W is time demanding class that involves experiential learning. Many of the assignments involve data collection in the community and may include interactions with people who are unknown to you.
Grading: Where a final exam is scheduled and the student does not write the exam or withdraw from the course before the deadline date, an N grade will be assigned. Unless otherwise specified on the course syllabus, all graded assignments for this course must be completed for a final grade other than N to be assigned. An N is considered as an F for the purposes of scholastic standing.
Grading System: The Undergraduate Course Grading System is as follows:
A+ (95-100) | A (90-94) | A- (85-89) | B+ (80-84) | B (75-79) | B- (70-74) | C+ (65-69) | C (60-64) | C- (55-59) | D (50-54) | F (0-49) | N*
*N standing to indicate the student did not complete course requirements
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- Desmond, Matthew. 2023 Poverty, By America. New York: Crown (in addition to ebook, the publication is available as a print book and audiobook) PROBABLE SELECTION
- Podcasts, videos, journal articles and book chapters (available through CANVAS)
REQUIRED READING NOTES:
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