Confronting Objectivity

Schools of Public Engagement: Social Sciences

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Confronting Objectivity

Spring 2019

Taught By: Aleksandra Wagner

Section: A

CRN: 6652

Credits: 3

In the construction of the narrative called social science, what is included? What is omitted or suppressed? Who and what govern such choices? To answer these questions, we examine the connection between the making of social science (particularly sociology) and the practice of "life-writing" (autobiography, autoethnography, biography, diaries, letters, autopathography, and other forms of self-construction). We study the work of sociologists (Pierre Bourdieu, Liz Stanley, Jackie Orr) who have problematized the role of the personal in the making of social science to argue for its reflexivity. We examine how stories about an Other are told, especially if the Other is illiterate or otherwise unable to write his or her own story. We also consider how the values, experiences, interests, and beliefs of the storyteller-scientist shape the process. We look at online sources that offer insight into the relevance and scope of scientists' reflexivity. Several scholars who are working on these issues participate in our cyberclassroom.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Social Sciences (NSOS)

Campus: Online (DL)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 17

Enrollment Status: Open*

*Enrollment status information is updated every five 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: 10:36pm 6/26/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: TBD

Times: TBD

Building: Online Course

Room: TBD

Date Range: 1/22/2019 - 5/13/2019