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208.6 sec. 001 - Qualitative Field and Observational Methods (Spring 2024)

Instructor: Calvin K Morrill  (view instructor's profile)
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Units: 3
Grading Designation: Graded
Mode of Instruction: In-Person


W 2:10 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: 2240 Piedmont 102
From January 10, 2024
To April 17, 2024

Course Start: January 10, 2024
Course End: April 17, 2024
Class Number: 33343

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 19
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 20
As of: 04/17 02:06 PM

Doctoral-level introduction to systematic qualitative (ethnographic) field research, especially related to law and legal institutions. The course will focus on the practice of different forms of observation in conjunction with various types of interviewing and the collection of artifacts in the field. Included in the course will be discussions of the rationales for qualitative fieldwork, a brief history of different styles of sociological/anthropological ethnography, strategies for designing and conducting credible fieldwork, and instruction on analyzing and writing up qualitative field data. A core assignment for the course is experience conducting an original field study. Students can either develop a new field study in the context of the course (with the consultation of the instructor) or continue a field study begun prior to the course as long as they will be able to engage in significant fieldwork during the semester.

Attendance at the first class is mandatory for all currently enrolled and waitlisted students; any currently enrolled or waitlisted students who are not present on the first day of class (without prior permission of the instructor) will be dropped. The instructor will continue to take attendance throughout the add/drop period and anyone who moves off the waitlist into the class must continue to attend or have prior permission of the instructor in order not to be dropped.

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Exam Notes: (P) Final paper  
Course Category: Jurisprudence and Social Policy (JSP)

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