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Critical Multimodal Qualitative Research (Austin)
Spring 2021   LAW 594-401  

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Meeting Times/Location
TR 3:00PM - 4:20PM

Faculty
Regina Austin

William A. Schnader Professor of Law

raustin@law.upenn.edu
Additional Information
Experiential Course

Yes

Skills Training
Other Professional Skills: At the end of the course, students should have acquired • an in-depth understanding of the theory of critical ethnographic qualitative research • a working knowledge of the ethical obligations and professional norms associated with such research • familiarity with multimodal methods of data collection and dissemination of research results • exposure to scholars whose critical qualitative research is instructive to researchers in the professions

Grading
100% Other (The grade in the course will be based on the student's proposing or undertaking a qualitative research assignment. The assignment may be based on a project of the student's design. The students will also be offered the opportunity to work on a project, identified by the instructors, that provides an opportunity to engage in qualitative data collection and dissemination. )

Satisfies Senior Writing Requirement

No

Location

Class meets online.

Course Continuity
Students are encouraged to stay home if you are ill or experience flu-like symptoms. If you miss a class for any reason, it is still your responsibility to make up the work missed.

I offer the following to students who miss class due to illness:

- Class sessions are regularly recorded. If you are absent due to illness or some other unavoidable circumstance, email me and I can send you an email with instructions for accessing the recording for the class session(s) you missed.

Category
Upper-Level

Credits
3.0

Critical Multimodal Qualitative Research Across the Professions (Proseminar) Spring Term 2021 Tu 3:00-4:20, Th noon Instructors: Regina Austin (Law), Deborah Thomas (Anthropology) and the Affiliated Faculty of the Center for Experimental Ethnography (https://www.centerforexperimentalethnography.org/)

COURSE DESCRIPTION This course is designed to introduce professional school students to critical, multimodal and experimental ethnographic qualitative research methods. The coverage of the course includes both theoretical and applied components. The course is divided into five modules. The first module explores the theory of critical ethnographic qualitative research and the ethical issues that arise when undertaking collaborative research around the “everyday culture” of communities and institutions with which practitioners in the students’ chosen areas of study typically interact. The second module allows students to analyze qualitative research in professional fields of study and engage in dialogue with Penn faculty whose qualitative research addresses significant issues of importance to practitioners in law, business, medicine and planning. This module will also begin a discussion of the tasks of formulating critical qualitative research projects and analyzing data. The third module is devoted to qualitative data collection methods (participant observation, oral histories and in-depth interviews) and the modes and tools used in collecting qualitative data and reporting results (traditional or text-based, multimodal, and experimental). The final module considers in greater depth the role of aesthetics, advocacy and activism in utilizing multimodal approaches for sharing research findings with audiences consisting of academics, collaborators, fellow professionals, and the general population.

COURSE FORMAT AND REQUIREMENTS The course will be taught virtually. The class will meet in virtual synchronous sessions on Tuesdays between 3 and 4:15. Each week there will be a second session, which will be conducted asynchronously, which the students can access at any time. Throughout, various faculty affiliated with the Center for Experimental Ethnography will lead in-class discussions of their work or provide recorded interviews regarding their qualitative scholarship. In addition, labs or tutorials taught by technical experts will introduce the students to the technology deployed in multimodal experimental qualitative research.

COURSE MATERIALS Fetterman, David. 2020. ETHNOGRAPHY: STEP-BY-STEP (4TH ED.). Thousand Oaks: Sage. Madison, D. Soyini. 2020. CRITICAL ETHNOGRAPHY: METHOD, ETHICS, AND PERFORMANCE (3D ED.). Thousand Oakes, CA: Sage. All other materials are available on the Course’s Canvas site.

Course Concentrations

Skills Learning outcomes: Demonstrate an understanding of the individual course skill; Demonstrate the ability to receive and implement feedback; Demonstrate an understanding of how and when the individual course skill is employed in practice.

Perspectives on the Law Learning outcomes: Demonstrate an understanding of how the law affects, and is affected by, the individual course topic; Perform legal analysis in the context of the individual course topic; Communicate effectively on the legal and other aspects of the individual course topic; Demonstrate the ability to use other disciplines to analyze legal issues relevant to the individual course topic, including economics, philosophy, and sociology, as appropriate.

Professional Responsibility and Ethics Learning outcomes: Demonstrate an understanding of how the law affects, and is affected by, the individual course topic; Perform legal analysis in the context of the individual course topic; Communicate effectively on the legal and other aspects of the individual course topic; Demonstrate the ability to use other disciplines to analyze legal issues relevant to the individual course topic, including economics, philosophy, and sociology, as appropriate.

Equity and Inclusion Learning outcomes: Demonstrate a core understanding of the varied legal aspects of equity and inclusion; Perform legal analysis in the context of topics related to equity and inclusion; Communicate effectively on the legal aspects of equity and inclusion; Demonstrate an understanding of how equity and inclusion are connected to and affected by a wide variety of legal and regulatory structures and doctrines.


Textbooks

"Ethnography: Step-By-Step " by Fetterman, David M.
Edition: Fourth Edition
Publisher: Sage
ISBN: 9781452255651
Required

"Critical Ethnography: Method, Etihics, and Performance" by Madison, D. Soyini
Edition: Third Edition
Publisher: Sage
ISBN: 9781483356778
Recommended