Fieldwork/ Writing Assignments- Assignment Sheet

Fieldwork & Writing Assignments- SSC 554

 

Assigment #1

 

For this assignment you are to write a one page “statement of the problem” and develop 3 research questions. The statement of the problem introduces the topic you are going to engage with for the fieldwork exercises. This topic should be something that you are passionate about and that is significant. The statement of the problem is a concise statement of an issue that needs further research. It should answer questions such as: who are the relevant actors in this problem? Why is this issue significant? What is the context for this issue?

 

Due Monday 2/13

 

Assignment #2

 

For this assignment, you will go out into the world to practice some of the skills we have been reading about. You will either conduct an interview or engage in participant observation. The person you interview or the event you observe should be related in some way to your research questions. However, you need to think about what is feasible and what is ethical. From this experience, you will write up a 1-2 page field note.

 

Due Monday 2/20

 

Assignment #3

Reflexivity Paper (3-5 Pages): For this short paper, you will take up the concept of ‘reflexivity’ in relation to your research problem and the fieldwork exercise you completed. Go back through your readings and think about the different types of reflexivity. For the most part, your paper should focus on how your social location impacts your relationship to the topic, to human subjects involved in the issue and the questions that you ask.

 

Due Monday 2/27

 

Assignment #4

For this assignment, you will go back out into the world to practice some of the skills we have been reading about. You will either conduct an interview or engage in participant observation. If you did participant observation for assignment #2, then you will conduct an interview and vice versa. The person you interview or the event you observe should be related in some way to your research questions. However, you need to think about what is feasible and what is ethical. From this experience, you will write up a 1-2 page field note.

 

Due Monday 3/5

 

Assignment #6

 

Write a 3-5 page response paper on some aspect of Vita: Life in a Zone of Social Abandonment. Your paper should be somewhat formal and should make a clear and cogent argument in relation to the text. You are free to write about whatever you want, however your paper should be well structured and should ask questions about the methodological implications of the text on how we conceive of ethnography, power dynamics, researcher/subject interactions or the purpose of research more generally.

 

 Due Monday 4/9

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