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Fall 2016-2017
SOC 330 (SA)   No Audit

Studying Local, Writing Ethnography

Carol B. Stack

Students will be introduced to the practice of doing ethnographic fieldwork in the local community and to the reflective process of writing ethnography. Students will select a local field site within reach of their daily lives, engage in fieldwork and participant observation, write field notes, experiment with interpreting their data and discover their research question. In the readings and in class discussions we will talk about social explanation and interpretation, and focus on field notes and the process of writing ethnography. Field notes will be turned in weekly. A final paper based on field research is due at the end of the semester.

Sample reading list:
Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of the Oppressed
Andrea Dyrness, Mothers United: An Immigrant Struggle
Alice Goffman, On the Run
Carol Stack, Call to Home
Michael Burvoy, Ethnography Unbound

Reading/Writing assignments:
Weekly field notes; Two short papers; Class participation; Final Paper.

Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 20%
Paper in lieu of Final - 25%
Papers - 15%
Oral Presentation(s) - 20%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%

Other Requirements:
Open to Juniors and Seniors Only.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
24275 S01 08:30:00 am - 09:50:00 am M W   Wallace Hall   190   Enrolled:3 Limit:16