Enrique C. Bonus
Designed to provide the student an opportunity to concentrate on one specific aspect of American Ethnic Studies through a comparative, interdisciplinary approach.
This course explores the theoretical contexts, procedures, and applications of ethnographic methods in school settings. Students will grapple with questions regarding power and difference in the classroom, the ethics of representation, and the usefulness of ethnography in policy and community work. There will be opportunities for students to engage these issues and questions through classroom discussions, mini ethnographic projects, and group presentations.
Student learning goals
The primary goal of the course is to enable students to adequately understand the connections across issues and practices of power, representation, and schooling so that they are able to critique these connections appropriately..
Students are expected to relate what they learn in the classroom to what they are able to produce as ethnographic projects outside of the classroom. They will be encouraged to apply what they learn to their projects.
At the end of the course, students are expected to have a competent facility in understanding the contexts and applications of ethnographic methods in school settings. They should have gained sensitivity to issues of power and difference, open-mindedness in dealing with issues of representation, and critical thinking in education.
General method of instruction
Lectures, class discussions, field trips, ethnographic projects outside of the classroom.
No prerequisites, but a strong interest in education/schooling is preferred.
Class assignments and grading
Students are expected to attend all lecture/discussion classes, read assigned materials on time, participate actively in class discussions, and fulfill all required evaluation components.
Overall course grade will be based on the following: 1.Take Home Paper (20%); 2.In class Paper (20%); 3.Individual Project (30%); 4.Presentation (10%); 5.Group and Individual Participation and GoPosts (20%); TOTAL 100%