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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - SPC6214
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Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive - 2004-03-18
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  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2003-10-27
  2. Department: Communication
  3. College: AS
  4. Budget Account Number: 1217000
  5. Contact Person: Gil Rodman
  6. Phone: 9743025
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: SPC
  9. Number: 6214
  10. Full Title: Ethnography of Communication
  11. Credit Hours: 3
  12. Section Type: D - Discussion (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): Ethnography of Communication
  19. Course Online?: -
  20. Percentage Online:
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites: Graduate Standing
  23. Corequisites:
  24. Course Description: Explores ethnography as an approach to conducting research and a means of theorizing about human communication.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: This course explores ethnography as both a method for studying and a means for theorizing human communication in interpersonal; organizational; and social, cultural, and political contexts. For the Department of Communication, this course contributes to a
  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? This course will complement existing qualitative methods courses (Qualitative Methods, Narrative Inquiry, Autoethnography, Dialogue, Action Research, Contemporary Cultural Studies, and Texts in Performance).

    Students from a variety of disciplines would be interested in this course, including Anthropology and American Studies, Sociology, Womenís Studies, Mass Communication, and Theatre. Any student wishing to understand and practice qualitative methods would benefit from this course.

  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? Yes, at least 2-3 times.
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) Ph.D. in Communication or closely related field.
  29. Objectives: to explore how ethnography developed as a research method and the ontological and epistemological commitments of various approaches to ethnographic inquiry

    to understand how shifts in theorizing about ethnographic inquiry have created distinctive approaches to ethnographic fieldwork and representations

    to consider how students own ethnographic research contributes to current thinking about ethnographic theory, practice, and praxis

  30. Learning Outcomes: students will read and discuss the history and criticism of ethnographic research as theorized and practiced over time, particularly in response to the interpretive turn in the human disciplines

    students will read, discuss, and use ethnographic methods in conducting a research project of their own design

    students will create, share and receive feedback on ethnographic texts designed to present their research projects and informed by course readings and discussions; these texts will include a project proposal, fieldnotes, brief writings, and a final paper and project portfolio

    students will demonstrate their understanding of course texts by authoring and presenting weekly discussion questions

  31. Major Topics: Turns, moments, crises and critiques of and in ethnographic theory and practice

    Sensemaking in the field

    Writing as making sense of fieldwork

    Ethnography and cultural critique

    Native ethnography, memoir, and autoethnography

    Feminist ethnography

    Performance ethnography

  32. Textbooks: James Agee and Walker Evans, Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1988, originally published 1941.

    Kamala Visweswaran, Fictions of Feminist Ethnography, Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1994.

    D.J. Waldie, Holy Land: A Suburban Memoir, New York: St. Martinís Press, 1996

    Selected readings (see course syllabus).

  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases:
  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy:
  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests:
  36. Attendance Policy:
  37. Policy on Make-up Work:
  38. Program This Course Supports:
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