105 greensheet spring 2010

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San José State University College of Social Sciences /Sociology Soc 105, Qualitative Research Methods, Section 3 Instructor: Natalie Boero Office Location: DHM 211 Telephone: (408) (924-5345) Email and Website: natalie.boero@sjsu.edu www.sjsu.edu/people/natalie.boero Office Hours: Monday: 11:45am-1:00pm, 2:45pm-3:30pm, 8:45-9:30pm (Soc 105 Students only) Wednesday: 2:45-4:00pm Class Days/Time: Monday 6:00-8:45pm Classroom: DMH 231 Prerequisites: SOCI 1, SOCI 100W, SOCI 101, Upper Division Standing Course Description In this course, we will focus on the philosophy and design of qualitative research. Unlike quantitative research methods which focus on the measurement of social phenomena, qualitative research methods focus on questions of meaning d experience which often do not lend themselves to quantification. For example, if you are interested in how many women have babies each year, you would use quantitative methods. If you want to know what it feels like to have a baby and the experience of being pregnant, you would use qualitative methods. In this course you will learn about various qualitative research methods and read and analyze examples of qualitative research. Most important, you will gather and analyze your own data through participant observation and in-depth interviewing on a topic of your own choosing. This course will give you the opportunity to gain hands-on experience with various qualitative methods. You will learn to read and evaluate qualitative research and gain important analytic and practical skills. Catalog Description Philosophy and logic of research design, interviewing techniques, field methods, issues of participant observation, theoretical perspectives, content analysis and qualitative microcomputer techniques. Required for Sociology majors. Sociology 105 Spring 2010 Page 1 of 9
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Note: This is a writing intensive course. Thus, it is STRONGLY recommended that you have passed 100W prior to enrollment in this course. (In fact, 100W is a prerequisite for this course for all students who declare sociology as their major during or after summer 2007). Required Texts/Readings Textbook There is one required book for this course: Esterberg, Kristin. (2002). Qualitative Methods in Social Research. McGraw Hill. This book is available for purchase at the SJSU bookstore. Other Readings In addition, a required course reader is available for purchase at Maple Press (481 E. San Carlos St. between 10th and 11th) and is also on reserve in the library. Classroom Protocol 1. Because there a significant amount of fieldwork in this course, I have tried to keep the amount of reading to a minimum. However, keeping up on the reading is important to keeping up with class discussions and is designed to help you in doing your research project. I expect that you will have each week’s readings completed by class on Monday of each week. I have tried to make the reading interesting and manageable so that we can all participate in active discussions. Please bring your
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