This course explores how qualitative research—characterized as inductive, non-statistical, interpretive and exploratory—constitutes social science research. It walks students through the steps of academic research with a qualitative focus: How to identify a robust research question, choose an appropriate data collection method and research design, address research bias, gain first-hand experience applying methods during a unique, two-day, off-campus research practicum, and finally, transform field data into academic text through preliminary analysis. Although the focus this semester is qualitative, the course also contains units on sampling and surveys, presented by a specialist in quantitative research methods. A particular emphasis throughout the course is anticipating and solving research problems that may emerge in developing world fieldwork settings with its many unanticipated events.
The course is taught by Dr. Amy Weinreb
Dr. Amy Weinreb is a cultural anthropologist with research interests in Latin America and Israel. She received her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania, was a postdoctoral fellow at Ben-Gurion University's Blaustein Institute for Desert Research, and most recently, was a Lecturer in both Anthropology and Jewish Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Weinreb is author of the ethnography Cuba in the Shadow of Change: Daily Life in the Shadow of the Revolution. In the world of NGOs and community development, Dr. Weinreb has managed programs in inner-city Philadelphia addressing urban nutrition and pregnant and parenting teens.
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