ES 728: Research Strategy II

2010-07-14 -

Course Description Updated.

Synonym:

71073 (for web registration)

Section:

A

Faculty:

Tania Schusler

Credits:

3

Seats:

15

Semester:

Fall 2010

Meeting Schedule:

Fri 9/10 (1:00PM-6:59PM)
Sun 9/12 (8:00AM-11:59AM)
Fri 11/5 (1:00PM-6:59PM)
Sun 11/7 (8:00AM-11:59AM)
Fri 12/3 (1:00PM-6:59PM)
Sun 12/5 (8:00AM-11:59AM)

Description:

Competency Area: Research Strategies and Learning Domains
Required of and restricted to Ph.D. II students.
Strongly recommended to ES Masters students pursuing thesis research using qualitative methods. Open to ES Masters students by written permission of instructor provided to Registrar’s Office via Antioch email.

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.)