RCSSCI 260 - Theorizing Knowledge in the Social Sciences
Section: 001
Term: WN 2009
Subject: RC Social Sciences (RCSSCI)
Department: LSA Residential College
Requirements & Distribution:
With permission of instructor.
May not be repeated for credit.
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This three-credit course explores various methods of inquiry that scholars and practitioners employ to answer both historical and contemporary questions having to do with the connections between inequality, power and knowledge. Using both a broad thematic focus and a series of “real world” questions to structure readings and activities, the key concern is with how knowledge is acquired and produced, whether from a text, a person or group of people, a survey, a semiotic system or a combination thereof.

Over the course of a semester, students will be introduced to four broad strategies used by social scientists for data collection: archival research; quantitative methods; ethnography/fieldwork; and interviewing/survey research. In each of the four major sections of the course, students will grapple with both the theory and the application of the methodology. Each method will be presented both sympathetically as well as critically through a series of readings and in-class visits from actual practitioners. Care will be taken to help students evolve an understanding of a strategy or strategies that will help to frame and guide their own future research projects and questions.

This course is open to all undergraduates but is a required gateway course for students who are considering concentrating in the RC’s Social Theory and Practice [STP] program. Students who are considering the STP program should also enroll in the one-credit seminar SSCI 290. Seniors and freshmen may enroll in this course only with permission from David Burkam.

RCSSCI 260 - Theorizing Knowledge in the Social Sciences
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001 (SEM)
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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