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208.6 sec. 1 - Qualitative Field and Observational Methods (Fall 2012)

Instructor: Calvin Morrill  (view instructor's profile)
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Units: 3
Meeting Time: W 10:00-12:40
Meeting Location: 136

Course Start: August 22, 2012
Course Control Number (Non-1Ls): 49499

This course offers a hands-on introduction to qualitative field research - especially participant observation and ethnographic interviews methods - applied to the study of legal institutions and law-like processes. The seminar seeks to provide students with: (1) the experience and practice of conducting qualitative field research that is descriptively interesting, theoretically illuminating, and ultimately publishable and (2) a critical appreciation for the fieldwork/ethnographic/qualitative tradition in sociolegal studies, in particular, and in sociology and anthropology, more generally. To accomplish these goals, students will engage in field research for a minimum of 8 weeks, selecting a field site or sites and an emergent provisional analytic theme as the research unfolds in consultation with the instructor. Weekly meetings will focus on discussions of data collection strategies and fieldnotes; generic issues in systematic qualitative field research design and implementation (including ethical and political questions); detailed examination of coding and analysis; ethnographic writing and other forms of representation; and close mentoring of student projects culminating in an original research paper.

Exam Notes: P
Course Category: Jurisprudence and Social Policy (JSP)
This course is cross-listed in the following categories:
Law and Society

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  • Contemporary Field Research
    Robert M. Emerson,
    Publisher: Waveland Press
    ISBN: 9781577661856
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: $9.60
    Note: prices are sampled from internet bookstores. Folletts prices are unavailable at this time.
  • Writing Ethnographic Fieldnotes, Second Edition
    Robert M. Emerson, Rachel I. Fretz, Linda L. Shaw,
    Publisher: University Of Chicago Press
    ISBN: 9780226206837
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: 7.22
    Note: prices are sampled from internet bookstores. Ned's prices are unavailable at this time.

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