The Ethnographic Experience

Schools of Public Engagement: Global Studies

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

The Ethnographic Experience

Spring 2021

Taught By:

Section: A

CRN: 7396

Credits: 4

How does immersion contribute to the study of power? In this practice-intensive course, we engage in ethnographic and other qualitative methods including visual ethnography, with attention to their potential to subvert, produce and broaden understandings of power. Readings draw on ethnographies and narrative journalism from around the world, as well as discussions of methodology and method in social sciences. Throughout the course we will think about ethnography in at least three ways: 1) as a mode of access and interaction, also known as participant-observation fieldwork, 2) as a form of analysis and 3) as a finished product. The texts we will read represent the last aspect of ethnography, so we will work backwards from the text to explore the ethnographic sensibilities that shaped the author’s approaches to the first two. Students craft and conduct a locally based ethnography related to their primary areas of interest, perhaps asking questions at the global level from a local perspective, and will be expected to make significant weekly commitments to field research. The seminar is intended as preparation for students planning to conduct independent fieldwork and for those interested in the epistemological, political and ethical implications of studying power from below.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Global Studies (UGLB)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: N/A
Online Withdrawal Deadline: N/A

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

*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: 11:33pm 7/11/2020 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Thursday

Times: 4:00pm - 6:40pm

Building: Johnson/Kaplan 66 West 12th

Room: 702

Date Range: 1/21/2021 - 5/6/2021