NOTE THAT IN 2020, THE SYLLABUS WILL BE QUITE DIFFERENT, THOUGH THE GENERAL AIM OF THE COURSE AND ITS TONE WILL REMAIN THE SAME. THE CURRENT SYLLABUS AND CLASS NOTES WERE USED IN THE FALL 2019 AND ARE AVAILABLE HERE TO GIVE A SENSE OF WHAT I WILL DO IN THE COURSE IN 2020.
Note also that the course will be given "online." For my evolving sense of the pedagogical and practical issues raised by such issues, check here
This is the first in the sequence of four courses required of all doctoral students in the Anthropology Programs at Teachers College.
This sequence is conceived as a form of apprenticeship during which students are taken through all the steps that characterize professional work in anthropology: grounding themselves in a theoretical framework, elaborating a research proposal asking a concrete question that theoretical considerations suggest might be answered by anthropological techniques, conducting a eight to ten weeks pilot ethnographic investigation over the summer months, analyzing their data, and writing a research report to be defended in public.
The first semester of this sequence is open to masters students in anthropology as well as masters and doctoral students from other programs, by permission. These students must register through ITSF4011 "Social Context of Education." All requirements are the same for both courses.