This course surveys key methods of
gathering and managing qualitative data. It helps you think about what 'data' is and what it can be good for, but above all it offers practical tasks in designing and carrying out field research related to human
behaviour. A detailed syllabus will be provided on the first day of the course, and readings or links to them will be uploaded under 'Materials' in MyCourses.
Topics covered on the course include observational techniques, types of ethnography, why carry out interviews and how to do them, plus a range of visual methods. We will also consider some key ethical issues in producing and using qualitative data. NOTE! The course is designed so that students will generate material, which they can later analyse as coursework on the Methods of Data Analysis course ARTS-L0104.
The format of the sessions will vary, but they will normally consist of a lecture component, discussion, presentations and practical teamwork of different kinds.
There will be assingments related to data gathering in general, to your own research, and to one of two thematic streams. This will allow you to build up a small body of data during the course. You should choose to work either on WARDROBES/OBJECTS OF CONSUMPTION (stream 1) or on SPATIAL STUDIES/URBAN SPACE (stream 2) and stay with that stream for the entire course. Choosing stream 1 will mainly involve working with clothes.
Choosing stream 2 will mainly involve working with urban space.
There will also be texts to read. These are mostly common to both streams (everyone is expected to read them), but there will be some readings specific to each stream.
There is a short but important PRE-COURSE ASSIGNMENT for you to carry out before the first session. See under 'Assignments'.
Mon 15.1.2018 9:15 -12:00: Observing and documenting
Tues 16.1.2018 10:00 - 12:00: Interviewing 1
Weds 17.1.2018 9:15-12:00: Interviewing 2
22.1.2018 10:00 - 12:00: Cultural probes
23.1.2018 9:15 - 12:00: Documents and other objects
24.1.2018 9:15 -12:00 Visual methods: Anna Kholina, PhD candidate, DoD
29.1.2018 9:15-12:00: Ethnography and case studies
30.1.2018 9:15 - 12:00 Speculative and activist research
31.1.2018 10:00 - 12:00 Focus group discussions