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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - SYA6316

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Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive - 2006-12-05
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  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    1756 2006-05-17
    Department College Budget Account Number
    Sociology AS 00-1263-000
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Maggie Kusenbach 42595

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    SYA 6316 Ethnography

    Is the course title variable? N
    Is a permit required for registration? N
    Are the credit hours variable? N
    Is this course repeatable?
    If repeatable, how many times? 0

    Credit Hours Section Type Grading Option
    3 C - Class Lecture (Primarily) R - Regular
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    Course Online? Percentage Online


    Graduate Standing or Consent of Instructor


    Course Description

    Examines the theoretical and practical issues in ethnographic research and various styles of ethnography. Provides hands-on training in ethnographic data collection and qualitative data analysis.

  3. Justification

    A. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course.

    Ethnographic methods is one of the primary data collection techniques used in sociological research. Including this course will allow us to provide our graduate students with in-depth training in ethnographic data collection and analysis. The course wil

    B. 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?

    Graduate students from sociology and other disciplines have "filled" this course upon each previous offering. It has drawn students from criminology and communication. Although not a part of a required sequence, the course will allow our graduate students who are interested in qualitative research methods an in-depth examination.

    C. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times?

    The course was offred as a special topics course in Spring 2006.

    D. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.)

    Ph.D. in sociology with expertise in ethnographic data theory, collection, and analysis.

  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    (1) Familiarize students with the theoretical and practical issues in ethnographic methods;

    (2) Provide an in-depth examination of various issues related to ethnography (history of ethnography, ethics of fieldwork, relationships in the field, ethnographic reflexivity, naturalistic ethnogrpahy, feminist ethnography, auto-ethnography);

    (3) Provide students with hands-on training in ethnographic research methods and qualitative data analysis;

    B. Learning Outcomes

    (1) Practice and improve qualitative research and analysis skills. Gather a comprehensive data set that can be utilized for theses or dissertation research, and for publication;

    (2) Practice and improve critical thinking and writing skills, especially the writing of conference-style papers;

    (3) Practice and improve graduate level learning, processing, and application of sociological knowledge;

    (4) Practice and improve academic presentation and discussion skills;

    (5) Practice and improve group work and collaboration with others. Understand the importance of giving/receiving feedback on unfinished drafts and of developing collegial networks.

    C. Major Topics

    (1) History of Ethnography;

    (2) Contemporary Debates;

    (3) Ethical and Political Issues in Fieldwork;

    (4) Getting Started--Getting In (ethnographic sites)

    (5) Fieldwork Relations

    (6) Interviewing Techniques

    (7) Analyzing Qualitative Data;

    (8) Writing Ethnographic Texts

    (9) Visual Ethnography

    D. Textbooks


    Howard Becker (1998), Tricks of the Trade: How to Think about your Research While You're Doing It. University of Chicago Press.

    Amanda Coffey (1999), The Ethnographic Self: Fieldwork and the Representation of Identity. Sage Publications.

    Robert Emerson, (1995), Writing Ethnographic Fieldnotes. University of Chicago Press.

    Robert Emerson (2001), Contemporary Field Research: Perspectives and Formulations (Second Edition). Waveland Press.

    John Lofland, Lyn Lofland (2005), Analyzing Social Settings: A Guide to Qualitative Observation and Analysis (Fourth Edition)

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    H. Attendance Policy

    I. Policy on Make-up Work

    J. Program This Course Supports

  5. Course Concurrence Information

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