Normally offered once every two years. Involves the student in
intensive qualitative research methods addressing various social actions.
Covers conversation analysis, ethnographic methods, discursive linguistic
analysis, and various other qulaitieve methodologies and traditions.
Research paper required (may be taken up to 3 times when on diffeent topics)
This seminar actually revolves around two issues: the complexity of
meaning-making in all of its manifestations and the necessity of embracing
complexity rather than ignoring it in research. In this seminar we
will seek a greater understanding of the various ways that humans engage
in face-to-face social action; that is, the myriad ways that individuals
accomplish their goals and objectives within the social and cultural contexts
that make up their environments. We will focus on a number of demonstrations
of meaning-making complexity and we will devote time to a number of qualitative
discovery procedures and analyses that enable a view of authentic social
activity. This is a very large area of investigation that encompasses a
number of academic disciplines. As such, we cannot cover the entire
subject matter nor can we focus on any one area in great depth. At the
end of the course, however, the students will have a much greater appreciation
of the complexity, richness, and systematicity of meaning-making and will
have a number of discovery procedures and qualitative research methodologies
from which to choose when undertaking the investigation of complex social/symbolic/semiotic
six buttons are oriented to the actual material used in the course itself.
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throughout the semester. During the semesters that this course is not offered, portions of
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Social Analysis of Social Action
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