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Sociology 3530 Instructor: Sharon KempQUALITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS Office: 211 Cina, Ph. 726-6110
Spring Quarter 1999 Office Hours:1:00-2:00TTH and by appointment
Class meets TTH 2:00-3:40 224 Cina
This course aims to introduce ethnographic research methodology. The emphasis is on the use and integration of qualitative techniques, emic and etic approaches, research design, ethical considerations and the relationship of method to theory. Students will practice observational, interviewing and recording techniques in the course of doing a complete research project.
Sociology 3500 and Composition 3160 or Department Consent
Berg Qualitative Research Methods for the Social Sciences (B)
Kutsche Field Ethnography, A Manual for Doing Cultural Anthropology (K)
Michrina and Richards Person to Person: Fieldwork, Dialogue and the Hermeneutic Method (MR)
EVALUATION AND GRADING
Mid-term Examination 20% 40 pts.
Class Assignments 30% 60 pts.
*Listed in the syllabus on the day each is due. These are to be typed and handed in on the date due. Late papers will be penalized.
The Big Ethnography 30% 60 pts.
To facilitate learning about the use of qualitative research methods you are to conduct your own research project. This may be done with a partner.
Final Exam Friday, Feb 26, 12-2 PM 20% 40 pts.
SPECIAL FACILITIES AND/OR ARRANGEMENTS
Individuals who have any disability, either permanent or temporary, which might affect their ability to perform in this class are encouraged to inform the instructor at the start of the quarter. Adaptations of methods, materials or testing may be made as required.
COURSE OUTLINE AND READING SCHEDULE
WEEK DATE TOPIC READINGS
A. Preparing for Qualitative Research
I. 11/30 Introduction B Ch. 1
12/2 Doing Fieldwork MR Helpful Hints
Landsman and Oien K pp. 1-26
12/4 Qualitative Research
II. 12/7 *Map of a Block
12/7-12/11 Hermeneutic Method MR Chs. 1, 2, 10
12/11 *Private Language(2-3 pages) K pp. 27-37.
III. 12/14-12/18 Ethics MR Ch. 8
American Culture B Ch.3
12/18 *Body Language K pp. 8-9, 38-47
B. Methods of Qualitative Fieldwork
IV. 1/4-1/8 Topic Selection K pp. 85-102
Research Design B Ch. 2
Field Notes MR Chs. 3-5
1/8 *Report on Research Scene
V. 1/11-1/15 Participant Observation K pp. 103-122
The People You Talk With B Ch. 6
1/15 Mid-term Exam MR Ch. 6
VI. 1/18 No Class K Pp. 123-151
1/20-1/22 Methods: Interviewing B Chs. 4, 5
MR Ch. 4
VII. 1/25-1/29 Methods: Interviewing K pp.152-181
Observations, Other B Ch. 8; Select either:
B 10 or B 10 & MR 11
C. Analysis and Presentation of Data
VIII. 2/1-2/5 Analysis: The Search for Pattern K pp. 182-206 Analysis: Theoretical Focus B Ch. 11, pp. 18-23
MR Ch. 7
IX. 2/8-2/12 Contract Research B Ch 12
Making Recommendations MR Ch 9
X. 2/15-2/19 Presentation of Research Review as needed &
XI. 2/22 Presentations Continued
*Papers Due: The Big Ethnography
Final Exam: 8-9:55 Saturday, February 27