DOCTORAL SEMINAR IN RESEARCH METHODS IN APPLIED MEDICAL ANTHROPOLOGY I Syllabus
Course Learning Objectives
Course DescriptionDiscusses advanced topics in qualitative research including 1) different ways in which the concept of ethnography as a methodology is operationalized in qualitative studies on health, 2) Michael Crotty’s framework for the research process (epistemology, theoretical framework, methodology, method); 3) Grounded Theory and Phenomenology; 4) Approaches to managing textual data; 5) Discourse analysis; and 6) Cognitive anthropology theory and methods.
Intended AudienceDoctoral students who will conduct qualitative research as part of their dissertation work.
Additional Faculty Notes:
Intended audience of this course: Doctoral students in Social and Behavioral Interventions Program of the Department of International Health during their second year of course work, and doctoral students in other programs (Disease Control and Prevention, Health Systems) or other departments (Population, Family and Reproductive Health, Health, Behavior & Society, Mental Health) who will be conducting qualitative research as part of their dissertation.
Methods of AssessmentAssignments and final examination.
Prerequisites224.690 and 224.691 Qualitative Research or equivalent
Additional Faculty Notes:
Narrative Methods for the Human Sciences. Catherine Kohler Riessman. Sage Publications, Thousand Oaks CA, 2008.
Nancy Ainsworth-Vaughn. "Claiming Power in Doctor-Patient Talk". Oxford University Press, New York NY, 1998.
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Course Objectives(from old syllabus)
Revised objectives (Some material moved to 2nd term)
By the end of this course, students should be able to:
- Describe different ways in which the concept of ethnography as a methodology is operationalized in qualitative studies on health.
- Understand Michael Crotty’s framework for the research process (epistemology, theoretical framework, methodology, method), and make the distinction between epistemology and theoretical framework, and between methodology and method.
- Categorize qualitative research studies according to the four dimensions in the Crotty framework.
- Describe and distinguish between 1) Grounded Theory, 2) the descriptive (eidetic) approach to phenomenology, and 3) the interpretive (hermeneutic) approach to phenomenology in qualitative research, and explain how they differ in terms of methodology.
- Describe the different types of Narrative Analysis, and select the type appropriate for different research questions.
- List key features of Ainsworth-Vaughn’s linguistic approach to discourse analysis, and describe settings in which her methodology would be appropriate for the collection and analysis of qualitative data.
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