Fieldwork Skills I / fall2015 (International Students) For Cultural Understanding

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Fall Semester

Outline of lecture

This course explores practical ways to discover and understand culture in Japan, based on the gathering and analysis of qualitative data. Students taking the course will learn techniques of observation and interviewing and will practice applying these techniques in the real world in Tokyo. The course will explore the benefits and limitations of qualitative study of culture, the gathering of data, and how to analyse the results of interviews and observations. By the end of the course, students will have discovered some interesting aspects of culture in Japan and developed some skills that are beneficial across many study disciplines.

Purpose of lecture

This course gives students an opportunity to actively study culture in Tokyo with students from many different countries. Students will gain knowledge of cultural research skills and different aspects of culture. Students also gain practice in working in groups, including scheduling and dividing labor and roles.

Plan of lecture

II. Schedule

October 7 窶ィIntroduction to the course and the study of culture.窶ィ
October 14窶ィ Observation and Fieldwork窶ィ
October 21 窶ィAnalysis of observation: Coding窶ィ
October 28 窶ィInterviewing skills窶ィ
November 4窶ィ Analysis of Long Interviews: Transcription窶ィ
November 11窶ィ Presenting Results: Thick Description窶ィ
November 18 窶ィStudent group presentations and review

Textbook and reference

No textbook, but some reference materials given in class

Related and/or prerequisite courses



Attendance and participation in exercises, including some small observation and interviewing assignments (50%). A final group presentation to the rest of the class (30%) and one-paragraph individual comment (20%).

Attendance at all classes is expected. Students arriving late (after 30 minutes from the start of class) or leaving early will receive half of the attendance points.

Comments from lecturer

Each week you will be given a data gathering or analysis task to complete before the next class where you will present some of your results and work with others to improve them. This course is 窶鷲ands-on窶 where we work together to study and communicate our results. It therefore requires your full participation during classes (this will also increase your enjoyment of the course!).

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