Ethnographic Field Methods
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Level: Graduate
Division: The New School for Social Research
Department: Sociology
Course Number: GSOC 5006
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
Description:
This course will outline the conceptual questions and debates associated with ethnographic methods and address the technical, ethical, and representational issues that arise in practicing these methods. During the semester, students will choose and gain access to a field site, conduct observations, write field notes, and code and analyze these data in order to write a final paper. As students progress through each stage of their project, we will discuss theory and study design, as well as strategies for gaining access, addressing the researcher’s social position, taking effective field notes, accurately representing subjects’ words and actions, and writing compelling accounts. We will consider a range of ethnographic forms, including, among others, institutional, organizational, and historicized ethnographies, and we will read examples of these works; however, the emphasis of the course will be on students gaining experience in field work and data analysis.
Course Open to: Degree Students with Restrictions
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Not open to Undergraduate students.