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Virtual Ethnographic Field Research Methods 

Program(s): Undergraduate Courses

“Virtual worlds are places of imagination that encompass practices of play, performance, creativity and ritual.” – Tom Boellstorff, from Ethnography and Virtual Worlds: A Handbook of Method

This course is designed to provide students in the social sciences with a review of ethnographic research methods, exposure to major debates on ethnographic research, opportunities to try their hand at practicing fieldwork virtually, and feedback on a proposed study that employs ethnographic methods. By way of analyzing and problematizing enduring oppositions associated with ethnographic fieldwork – field/home, insider/outsider, researcher/research subject, expert/novice, ‘being there’/removal – this seminar is a practicum in theoretically grounded and critically reflexive qualitative methods of research. By introducing students to participant observation and interviews in virtual worlds, ethics, data analysis and writing up, the course offers an opportunity to make sense of the current pandemic we’re all experiencing in real time. An emphasis will be placed on multimedia, digital, and virtual ethnography."

Course Overview

Current Grade / Education Level

Undergrad / Grad

Program

Undergraduate Courses

Start Date

June 21

End Date

July 23

Class Details

Primary Instructor

Benjamin Fogarty-Valenzuela

Academic Interest

Social Sciences (e.g., history, sociology)

Class Specifics

Course Code

SOSC 20224 91

Class Day(s)

Mon Wed Fri

Class Duration (CST)

9:30

11:30 A.M.

Session

Session I

Course Length

5 weeks