2012-13 Catalog

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Offering Description

Ethnographic Research: Eyes in a Troubled World


Fall 2012 quarter

Rita Pougiales anthropology, education
Fields of Study
anthropology, community studies, cultural studies, international studies and political science
Preparatory for studies or careers in
anthropology, community studies, political science, and research in the social sciences.

Ethnographic research, attuned as it is to everyday cultural experiences and their meaning, equips us to not only inquire into those public issues we value but to also develop a substantive body of data that allows both deeper understanding as well as an informed interpretation. Ethnographic research is conducted in the midst of active cultural settings with the researcher gathering data in the traditional roles of both a "participant" in those settings and an "observer" of the cultural practices and meanings involved. This program includes an examination of and application of ethnographic research methods and methodologies, a study of varied theoretical frameworks used by anthropologists today to interpret and find meaning in data, and an opportunity to conduct an ethnographic project of interest. Students will also read and explore a wide range of ethnographies that demonstrate the application of ethnographic study in some of our most troubled settings locally and in the world. In particular, we will explore the interaction of ethnographic research and human rights advocacy, and how an ethnographer must prepare for such a project. All members of the program will develop and/or conduct an ethnographic project.

Online Learning
No Required Online Learning
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Program Revisions

Date Revision
May 9th, 2012 Rita Pougiales will in the Advising Office during 2012/13.
March 5th, 2012 Matt Smith is teaching in What is Ecology?