Criminal Justice-COLL | Introduction to Research Methods
P594 | 28530 | Kane


Course description:

This course is designed as a "nuts and bolts" introduction to
conducting qualitative social science research. The City of
Bloomington will provide us with ethnographic field sites in
relation to which we will collectively and individually construct
research questions, and begin learning how to do participant
observation, mapping, interviews, archival research, and textual
analysis. In this, we will develop a critical approach to knowledge
production though dialogue and reflexive analysis, grounding our
understanding and writing in ethical practice. As we come in and out
of the field, recursively collecting, analyzing, interpreting, and
representing our data with texts, images, and empirical measures, we
will consider the role and effects of research in the lives of those
people and places we study, in ourselves, and in the field of
criminal justice more broadly. There will be room for those who are
interested in forms of quantitative analyses to incorporate them
within the ethnographic framework.

Required Texts:

Michael Agar.  1986.  Speaking of Ethnography.  Newbury Park, CA:
Sage.

Peter Manning.  1987.  Semiotics and Fieldwork.  Newbury Park, CA:
Sage.

Bonnie Stone Sunstein and Elizabeth Chiseri-Strater. 2007.
FieldWorking: Reading and Writing Research. Boston: Bedford/St.
Martin's.

[Note: books will be available in Library Media Reserve.]

Class meeting:  Thursday, 2:30-5:00

Instructor:  Professor Stephanie Kane, criminal justice department