ANTH 450: Qualitative Methods: Nonstatistical Approaches in Culture and Social Research

ANTH 450-001: Qualitative Methods
(Fall 2021)

01:30 PM to 02:45 PM MW

Horizon Hall 1008

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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.

Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Explores some of the most useful nonquantitative research techniques in social sciences and offers practice in their application. Limited to three attempts.
Recommended Prerequisite: 60 credits and 6 credits of ANTH including ANTH 114, or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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