Spring 2024  |  OLPD 5061 Section 001: Ethnographic Research Methods (50907)

Class Component:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
01/16/2024 - 04/29/2024
Mon 04:40PM - 05:30PM
UMTC, East Bank
Science Teaching Student Svcs 420A
Enrollment Status:
Open (16 of 20 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
This course introduces students to knowledge and skills appropriate for the conduct of ethnographic research. Underlying purposes, assumptions, and distinctive characteristics of ethnographic methods will be examined as well as appropriate exemplars. Accordingly, the course emphasizes links between research purposes, the conceptualization of ethnographic projects and the development of researchable questions. The course also takes up a variety of ethical and political issues related to working with participants during the research process, as well as contemporary trustworthiness criteria for ethnographic written accounts. The bulk of the course is given to training in observation, generating field notes, developing interview questions, interviewing, collecting material cultural artifacts, using surveys, and analyzing, interpreting, and writing up ethnographic data. The first part of the course focuses on a critical discussion of ethnographic research purposes, epistemological assumptions, and essential features. Students choose and explore a published ethnographic study from their field of interest. The second part of the course is devoted to a very small scale ethnographic project which students design and carry out themselves. This project is supported by relevant readings and in-class activities (including peer review) related to the actual conduct of ethnographic research.
Class Notes:
This class will meet Monday's 4:40-7:20!
Class Description:
Student may contact the instructor or department for information.

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