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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - ANG6750
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Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive - 2007-07-18
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  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2007-02-20
  2. Department: Anthropology
  3. College: AS
  4. Budget Account Number: 120500000
  5. Contact Person: David Himmelgreen
  6. Phone: 9741204
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: ANG
  9. Number: 6750
  10. Full Title: Qualitative Research Methods in Anthropology
  11. Credit Hours: 3
  12. Section Type: C - Class Lecture (Primarily)
  13. Is the course title variable?: N
  14. Is a permit required for registration?: N
  15. Are the credit hours variable?: N
  16. Is this course repeatable?:
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 0
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): Qualitative Research Methods
  19. Course Online?: -
  20. Percentage Online:
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites: Graduate Standing or DPR
  23. Corequisites:
  24. Course Description: This course is designed to acquaint students with the philosophical foundations of qualitative research, and to provide the opportunity for students to develop skills in the variety of data collection methods and analysis typical of qualitative research.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: This class has been taught regularly (every two years) as ANG 7750 for over 20 years, and is an extremely popular elective, not only for anthropology graduate students, but also for students from other departments. Unfortunately, for some reason, this cou
  26. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service? Enrollment in this is generally robust, running around 12-18 students each time it is offered. We have regularly had students from several other programs on campus, notably Communication, Sociology, Geography, and Humanities.
  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? See explanation above. The course has been offered multiple times as ANG 7750.
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) PhD in Anthropology and/or related field.
  29. Objectives: - To acquaint students with philosophical foundations of qualitative research, especially as used in anthropology.

    - To introduce students to the range of qualitative research methods used in anthropology, e.g. participant observation, through unstructured interviews, focus groups, narrative analysis etc.

    - To give students the opportunity to practice one or more qualitative approaches through hands-on research projects.

  30. Learning Outcomes: - Students will be familiar with the major literature on qualitative methods, as well as key case studies in which they are used

    - Students will be able to apply these methods in specific research projects

    - Students will have learned the strengths and weaknesses of qualitative methods as compared with quantitative approaches

  31. Major Topics: - Qualitative Research: History and place in social research traditions.

    - Designing a qualitative study: General principles

    - Research design: Phenomenology, grounded theory, case study

    - Research design: Biography and ethnography

    - Methods for collecting information in qualitative research

    - Issues of representation, personal identity, and subjectivity

  32. Textbooks: Angrosino, Doing Cultural Anthropology; Berdan, Stark and Van Loon, Ethnoquest; Creswell, Qualitative Inquiry and Research Design; Grindal & Salamone, Brideges to Humanity; Ihume and Mulcock, eds., Anthropologists in the Field.
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  36. Attendance Policy:
  37. Policy on Make-up Work:
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