410.690.01 | AY 2013-2014 - 3rd Term | 4 Credit(s)
MW 8:30:00 AM
  • Contact Information
    Deborah Gioia
  • Welcome Message

    Welcome to Ethnographic Fieldwork which begins on 1/22 (Wednesday) at 8:30AM in room 208HH. My name is Debbie Gioia and I am an adjunct associate professor at JHSPH and a full-time associate professor at UMB School of Social Work where I teach qualitative research methods to our PhD students and other mental health practice courses. I have been teaching this course since 2011 and really love the interaction and perspectives of public health students in contrast to my knowledge of mental health and mental illness which has been my area of practice and research since the 1980s.

    You can expect a course with a mix of lectures, class discussion, guest speakers and an experiential project with your classmates where you will design a group project, collect data, present your project to the class and do some beginning analysis.

    We have an excellent TA -- Stella Park- who will assist with IRB issues and group project coordination.

    See you on the 22nd. 

  • 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
  • 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.
  • Intended Audience
    Those interested in getting a general introduction to the theory, methods and analytical approaches to qualitative research.
  • Methods of Assessment
    Student evaluation based on field exercises.
  • Course Schedule

    Please see the course Session for a full list of dates and items for this course.

  • Academic Ethics Code

    Students enrolled in the Bloomberg School of Public Health of The Johns Hopkins University assume an obligation to conduct themselves in a manner appropriate to the University's mission as an institution of higher education. A student is obligated to refrain from acts which he or she knows, or under the circumstances has reason to know, impair the academic integrity of the University. Violations of academic integrity include, but are not limited to: cheating; plagiarism; knowingly furnishing false information to any agent of the University for inclusion in the academic record; violation of the rights and welfare of animal or human subjects in research; and misconduct as a member of either School or University committees or recognized groups or organizations.

  • Required Text(s)

    Fetterman, David, M. (2010). Ethnography: Step by Step (3rd edition). Sage Publications.

  • Contact Information(from old syllabus)

    Deborah Gioia, PhD, LCSW-C

    Office: United States
    Tel: 734 730 4366 (cell)

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