ANSO 205 Spring 2013 Ways of Knowing

An exploration of how one makes sense of the social world through fieldwork. Some of the key questions of the course are: What are the philosophical and epistemological underpinnings of social inquiry? How does one frame intellectual problems and go about collecting, sifting, and assessing field materials? What are the uses and limits of statistical data? What is the importance of history to sociological and anthropological research? How can one use archival and other documentary materials to enrich ethnographic research? What are the empirical limits to interpretation? What is the relationship between empirical data and the generation of social theory? How does the social organization of social research affect one's inquiry? What are the typical ethical dilemmas of fieldwork and of other kinds of social research? How do researchers' personal biographies and values shape their work? We will approach these problems concretely rather than abstractly through a series of case studies, drawing upon the field experiences of departmental faculty and guest speakers from different professional backgrounds. There will also be some practical training in basic field methods, census and survey interpretation, and archival research.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: full-participation in the seminar and a series of short papers
Additional Info: not available for the Gaudino option
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Prerequisites: Anthropology 101 or Sociology 101 or permission of instructor
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Divisional Attributes: Division II
Other Attributes: ENVP SC Theory/Method Courses,SCST Related Courses
Enrollment Limit: 25
Expected Enrollment: 25
Class Number: 3284
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ANSO205-01(S) SEM Ways of Knowing Division 2: Social Studies Olga Shevchenko
W 1:10 PM-3:50 PM Hopkins Roger Room 3284
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