SOCI 6090 Selected Topics in Empirical Methods: Fieldwork in Sociology ________________________________________________________________ This course provides an introduction to field methods as an approach to data collection and analysis in sociological research. The objectives are twofold. The first is to familiarize students with the intellectual tradition of fieldwork and the main methodological and ethical issues it raises. To this end we will read a number of ethnographies and discuss research design and logistics, the role of the researcher, representational and interpretative strategies, and the strengths and limitations of field methods. The second objective is to provide “hands on” experience in the practical aspects of ethnographic fieldwork. Students will be expected to develop a research question, pick a field site, conduct field research, and keep notes on your experience. You will also lead a discussion of the readings for one class, present your research in a simulated “conference setting in the final week of class, and write a seminar paper. The course thus provides an opportunity for you to either continue existing research or begin a pilot project.