EDRM 711 - Ethnographic Research

  • 3 credits
  • Instructor Driven

Theoretical underpinnings, research design, ethics and practical application of ethnographic research in a naturalistic setting.

This course is ideal for students who are engaged in or considering engaging in qualitative research that involves participant-observation and/or Community-based Participatory Research approach. It can also be informative to students who are engaged in other forms of qualitative research.

It will involve each student in engaging in their own mini-ethnographic research study throughout the semester. This mini-ethnography could serve as a pilot to their dissertation work or even draw on some piece of their larger dissertation study. Students should not expect to complete their entire dissertation data collection and analysis within this course. Additionally, students in the course have the option to engage in research of a CSU Youth Empowerment program for their course project.

This course is not delivered by distance media; it is driven by an agreement between the instructor and the student. Typical examples are thesis, research, internship, and other courses where the objectives and activities are determined jointly by the instructor and the student. In most cases, the agreement on course activities and objectives is reached with the student and advisor or instructor before enrollment in the course. During the course, the instructor and student communicate by any convenient means, usually phone and email.

This course can be applied towards:


EDRM 704 (Qualitative Research) or instructor consent.