About The Course
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Welcome to the CoursePlus Web site for ETHNOGRAPHIC FIELDWORK (410.690.01), a course offered by the Department of Health Behavior and Society at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

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Course Description

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.

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Course Learning Objectives

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

  • formulate research questions that probe the connections between the public's health and the social worlds in which individuals and institutions are situated
  • discuss some of the major concepts and theoretical developments that have shaped 'qualitative' and ethnographic inquiry from the mid-20th century to the present
  • describe and use multiple methods for the collection and interpretation of 'qualitative' or ethnographic data
  • articulate the relative appropriateness of different types of data and methods of data collection and analysis for a particular 'qualitative' or ethnographic study
  • manage different sources of textual data collected in the course of a fieldwork project
  • critically read and evaluate archival materials and other 'qualitative' and ethnographic texts

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Course Time

Mon Wed   8:30 AM to 10:20 AM

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Course Faculty
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Intended Audience

Those interested in getting a general introduction to the theory, methods and analytical approaches to qualitative research.

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Grading Policy & Grading Restrictions

Grading Policy: Student evaluation based on field exercises.

Grading Restrictions: Letter grade

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Administrative Contact

Deborah Gioia
E-mail: dgioia@jhsph.edu

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