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Naraelle Kristin Hohensee
CHID 490
Seattle Campus

Research Seminar

Intensive readings in specific topic. Students complete individual research projects. Satisfies the CHID senior thesis requirement. Prerequisite: CHID 390.

Class description

Our sense of being at home constitutes a fundamental aspect of who we are and how we relate to others, and yet this concept tends to remain implicit and unexamined in our day-to-day lives. It is often not until we leave our comfort zones that we realize how contingent and limited our feelings of belonging can be. At the same time, the notion of home can cut across conceptual boundaries to include a vast number of physical, social and imaginative spaces. This course will examine the constructed nature of the concept of “home," pushing students to explore the boundaries of what constitutes their own homes and communities, or to think more deeply about what defines the communities they choose to study.

In addition to seminar readings concerning the notions of emplacement, memory, collective identity, and belonging, students will learn to use the techniques of documentary video production, and will complete short video projects based around concepts discussed in the course.

This course will be especially helpful for students who are pursuing thesis or other research projects that involve qualitative or ethnographic research and/or media production.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Our course will be a hybrid of the traditional reading-based seminar and a collaborative media workshop. It is designed to help students develop their critical and analytic abilities simultaneously through various modes of knowledge production, including reading, discussion, writing, applied media practice, qualitative research methods, and the use of visual archives.

Recommended preparation

Students from any major and any level are encouraged to enroll. Contact the CHID advisor for add codes.

Class assignments and grading


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Naraelle Kristin Hohensee
Date: 04/20/2012