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This is a graduate-level course taught in English. The focus of the course is on the theory and practice of fieldwork in developing countries, and the objective is to enable graduate students to do Master's-level fieldwork.
Overview and Background of the Course
To do appropriate fieldwork, analyze it, and incorporate it into a thesis, students should consider the following:
How are we to survey and understand the impacts that modernization and development programs undertaken by developed countries have produced on developing countries? We know that first-world development planning has brought benefits and also left problems in its wake. At present, the United Nations, the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the World Bank), the IMF, and national governments are emphasizing "participatory development” and “sustainable development." To be implemented, however, participatory and sustainable development must be based on accurate knowledge of the everyday lives, needs and skills of the local people, to be derived from localized surveys, action, fieldwork, and analysis.
As a background to this knowledge we need,
・ First, a thorough understanding of the regional, national and local circumstances of the communities to be surveyed. Understanding the social and institutional frameworks within which people experience their needs and implement their own skills is the basis for surveys.
・ Second, we need 'theoretical literacy', the familiarity with the major scholarly and critical works of a conceptual nature on the subjects of social and economic change and development.
・ Third, we need the practical skills to undertake and analyze qualitative research, including questionnaires, ethnographic interviews, and group discussions at field sites. To collect and understand qualitative research we learn skills in research design and how to minimize the biases of the researcher as well as the individual subjectivity of the respondents.
・ Finally, we need to discuss ways to combine the 3 aspects above with each other through regression and correspondence, in order to produce convincing findings for a thesis and for policy recommendations.

Faculty Lynn Thiesmeyer
Term2013 Fall
Level Graduate

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#012013/09/26 Week 1 Course Introduction: Human Subjects and Human Networks
- Lecture Material (PDF)
- Assignment (PDF)
- Reference Material(PDF)
Erving Goffman, “On Fieldwork”

#022013/10/03 Week 2 People and Getting the Right Data out of Oral Interviews
- Lecture Material (PDF)
Charmaz, Kathy. “Grounded Theory”

#032013/10/10 Week 3 Surveying Places and Environments
- Lecture Material (PDF)
- Reference Material (PDF) [Enrolled Students Only]
Geertz, Clifford. “Thick Description.”

#042013/10/17 Week 4 Ethnographic Methods
- Lecture Material (PDF)
Sanjek, Roger. “On Ethnographic Validity.”

#052013/10/24 Week 5 Fieldwork Back Home in Your Own Country
- Lecture Material (PDF)
Razavi, Shahrashoub. “Fieldwork in a Familiar Setting.”

#062013/10/31 Week 6 Quantitative Methods: Making and Using Statistics
- Lecture Material (PDF)
Overton and van Diermen, “Using Quantitative Methods”

#072013/11/07 【非公開】Week 7 Social Change and Movement
- Economic Mobility surveys
Da Corta, “Fieldwork for Economic Mobility”

#082013/11/14 Week 8 Surveying Connections between Public Health and Environment
- Lecture Material (PDF)
McMichael and Martens, “Global Environmental Change and 

#092013/11/28 Week 9 Environmental Impact Assessments
- Lecture Material (PDF)
McCully, Silenced Rivers.

#102013/12/05 【非公開】Week 10 Methods for Baseline Surveys of Developing Communities and Villages
- Rapid Rural Appraisal
Rapid Rural Appraisal

#112013/12/12 【非公開】Week 11, on Dec. 12 Surveying Livelihoods: How to Define Assets, Needs, and Opportunities
- Amartya Sen on Commodities and Capabilities [Enrolled Students Only]
Sen, Amartya. Commodities and Capablities, part I

#122013/12/19 【非公開】Week 12, on Sat., Dec. 14 in Omicron 13. Final Presentations by 2 Students (Recorded and Uploaded)
Final Presentations by 2 Students

#132013/12/26 【非公開】Week 13, on Thurs., Dec. 19. Final Presentations. NO CLASS ON DEC. 26
Final Presentations by Students. NO CLASS ON DEC. 26

#142014/01/09 【非公開】Week 14, On Thurs., 9 January. Final Presentations
Final Presentations by Students

#152013/10/05 【非公開】(A Saturday During October -- Completed on October 5) No Upload Materials
We will spend one session exchanging our research designs and 
discussing the meaning of our findings, including surprising or 
unwanted findings!

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