01:30 PM to 02:45 PM MW
Horizon Hall 1008
Section Information for Fall 2021
This course introduces ethnographic research methods, fieldwork, interviewing, life histories, and other qualitative methods that generate data about people, places, and cultures. What can qualitative methods tell us about people’s lives and world views? What are the challenges and ethics of this kind of research? And to what extent is the researcher part of the method? This is a hands-on course where students will learn by doing and practice qualitative methods for their own research projects, developed under the guidance of the instructor. Class time will include the discussion of readings, ethnographic exercises, and “field trips” around campus where students will learn and try out classic anthropological methods such as participant observation, auto-ethnography, mapping, and collecting artifacts. Students will also learn about digital ethnography and the use of photography, art, and sound recording as part of data collection.