ES 728: Research Strategy II

Synonym:

86423 (for web registration)

Section:

A

Faculty:

Daniel Smith

Credits:

3

Seats:

15

Semester:

Fall 2012

Meeting Schedule:

Fri 9/7 (1:00PM-6:59PM)
Sun 9/9 (8:00AM-11:59AM)
Fri 11/2 (1:00PM-6:59PM)
Sun 11/4 (8:00AM-11:59AM)
Fri 12/7 (1:00PM-6:59PM)
Sun 12/9 (8:00AM-11:59AM)

Description:

Competency Area: Research Strategies and Learning Domains
Required of and restricted to Ph.D. II students’
Open to ES Masters students’ by permission of instructor.

Qualitative inquiry has unique capacity to describe social behavior and process, uncover causal linkages, interpret meaning and significance, and build robust, empirical theory. Doing qualitative research involves more than mastering technical aspects of methods. It also requires grounding methodological decisions in a theoretical perspective and engaging ethical and political dimensions of doing research with others in social settings. This course offers an introduction to qualitative inquiry as it applies to environmental studies and related phenomena. It explores the philosophical underpinnings of particular traditions (e.g., ethnography, grounded theory) and builds practical competence with specific research skills (e.g., interviews, observation, field notes, analysis). (Additional contact hours will be met by specific course work designed to be completed on-line.)