Mount Holyoke College
Sociology Department
Archives and Special Collections
 
  Home Tab Up Spring 2006 Tab Up Fall 2004 Tab Down Fall 2000 Tab Up   Contact Link Site Map Link
Border Picture     Border Picture
 
  Syllabus  
Project 1 Arrow Up and Link Project 1  
Project 2 Up Arrow and Link Project 2  
Project 3 Up Arrow and Link Project 3a  
Project 3b Arrow Up and Link Project 3b  
Project 4 Up Arrow and Link Project 4  
 
  Syllabus
 

Course requirements and grading
Required Texts
Class Schedule

 

Course requirements and grading  <top>

Regular attendance and timely completion of all assignments is required.

25%
Read the assigned material, do homework, participate in class discussions
25%
Group Projects
10%
Essay 1
20%
Essay 2
20% Essay 3

 

Required Texts <top>

Bruce L. Berg. 2001. Qualitative Research Methods for the Social Sciences. 4th ed.,Needham Heights, MA: Allyn and Bacon (available at the Odyssey).

Xerox readers (available in the Merrill House library).

 

Class Schedule <top>

Week 1. Introduction

Tuesday 01/29

  • Check out the website. Suggetions gratefully accepted.

Week 2. The idea of community

Tuesday 020/3

  • Berg Ch. 1; Baumann "Preface" & "The Agony of Tantalus".
  • Hobsbawm "Inventing Traditions".
  • MHC Archives web site.

Thursday 02/05

  • Introduction to the archives
  • H1 (due 02/13).

Week 3. Memory and community

Tuesday 02/10

  • Berg Ch. 8.
  • Durkheim "The Elementary Forms...."
  • Schwarz "Two Faces of Collective Memory."
  • Recommended: Halbwachs "The Social Frameworks of Memory"; Coser "Introduction."

Thursday 02/12

  • Introduction to other archival sources and the archives website.
  • H2 (due 02/20).
  • HAND OUT ESSAY 1 (DUE 02/23).

Saturday 02/14

  • CBL workshop

Week 4. Introducing the class of 1955

Tuesday 02/17

  • Berg Ch. 2.
  • Alford "Designing a Research Project."

Thursday 02/19

  • GROUP PROJECT 1: Mapping the class

Week 5. Remembering the class of 1955

Tuesday 02/24

  • Mount Holyoke Class of 1955 25th Reunion

Thursday 02/26

  • Mount Holyoke Class of 1955 40th Reunion
  • HAND OUT ESSAY 2 (DUE 03/22).

Week 6. Introduction to interviewing

Tuesday 03/2

  • Berg Ch. 4.
  • Spradley "Interviewing an Informant."

Thursday 03/04

  • Berg Ch. 3.
  • Shea "Don't Talk to the Humans."
  • H3 (due 03/12).

Week 7. Begin interviewing

Tuesday 03/09

  • Jackson "Interviewing".
  • Spradley, "Asking Descriptive Questions".
  • Berg Ch. 9.

Thursday 03/11

  • Introduction to oral history at the archives.
  • H4 (due 03/26).

MIDTERM BREAK 03/13 - 03/21

Week 8. The Alumnae Association's oral history project

Tuesday 03/23

  • Hoopes, pp. 33-58.
  • Oral history at the archives

Thursday 03/25

  • Hoopes, pp. 61-120.
  • Oral history at the archives.
  • H5 (due 04/02).

Week 9. Doing oral history

Tuesday 03/30

  • Berg Ch. 5

Thursday 04/01

  • GROUP PROJECT 2. Researching the class.
  • HAND OUT ESSAY 3, DUE END OF SEMESTER

Week 10. ...continued

Tuesday 04/06

  • Berg Ch. 10

Thursday 04/08

  • Preparing to meet the alums.


Week 11. De-briefing

Tuesday 04/13

  • Berg Ch. 12.
  • De-briefing on collective meeting.

Thursday 04/15

  • GROUP PROJECT 3: Transcription of collective meeting. Linking essays
    already written. Reporting back to the archives and the class of 1955.

Week 12. Processing

Tuesday 04/20

  • Watching video/transcription.

Thurs 04/23

  • Watching video/transcription.

Week 13. CBL review. Representing our own history

Tuesday 04/27

  • Review with the archives.

Thursday 04/29

  • Commitments: research artifacts? The reunion in 2005?

Week 14. Taking care of details

Tuesday 05/04

  • Organize final final assignments. Present final projects.
 
Border Picture     Border Picture
Copyright © 2006 Mount Holyoke College • 50 College Street • South Hadley, Massachusetts 01075.
This page was created by Olga Karagiozi '07 and is maintained by Eleanor Townsley.