Research Methods: Power, Politics, and Praxis

Schools of Public Engagement: Social Sciences

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
QualMethods:Power, Pol, Praxis
Spring 2023
Taught By: Ujju Aggarwal
Section: A

CRN: 13226

Credits: 3

This course is a workshop-based seminar on research methods with a focus on qualitative methods. Students in this course will develop a foundation in qualitative research methods: what they are; how research methods relate to social theory; the factors involved in selecting certain methods; and how we enter and navigate “the field.” The following questions will guide our learning: How do we move from general research interests to specific topics and research questions? What is the relationship between the questions we ask, the theories we employ and the methods we engage? What are the ethics of research? What does accountability mean when it comes to researching inequality and injustice? How do we think through questions of positionality and reflexivity in research—and why do they matter? Through the course, will examine the relationship of research and research methods to structures of power and social change, and learn about approaches to research rooted in Black studies, gender studies, indigenous studies, decolonial studies, and ethnic studies. Because one of the best ways to learn research methods is a praxis-oriented approach, students in this course will have the chance to learn through doing: to practice, apply, experiment, and develop our understanding of methods through a practicum. The practicum is structured through staggered assignments.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Social Sciences (NSOS)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 11

Add/Drop Deadline: February 5, 2023 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 16, 2023 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 8:46am EDT 9/24/2023

Meeting Info:
Days: Tuesday
Times: 4:00pm - 5:50pm
Building: Johnson/Kaplan 66 West 12th
Room: 716
Date Range: 1/24/2023 - 5/9/2023