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Ethnographic Fieldwork


East Baltimore
3rd term
Health Behavior and Society
4 credits
Academic Year:
2017 - 2018
Class Times:
  • M W,  8:30 - 10:20am
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor :
Deborah Gioia

Introduces students to the practice of qualitative research, including the design and conduct of a qualitative research study. Covers theoretical concepts and methods used in ethnographic and other types of qualitative research. Students design and conduct hands-on fieldwork projects in Baltimore. Classroom sessions include lectures, discussion, and intensive group work related to the fieldwork projects.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Formulate research questions that probe the connections between the public's health and the social worlds in which individuals and institutions are situated
  2. Discuss some of the major concepts and theoretical developments that have shaped 'qualitative' and ethnographic inquiry from the mid-20th century to the present
  3. Describe and use multiple methods for the collection and interpretation of 'qualitative' or ethnographic data
  4. Articulate the relative appropriateness of different types of data and methods of data collection and analysis for a particular 'qualitative' or ethnographic study
  5. Manage different sources of textual data collected in the course of a fieldwork project
  6. Critically read and evaluate archival materials and other 'qualitative' and ethnographic texts
Methods of Assessment:

Student evaluation based on field exercises.

Instructor Consent:

No consent required