Course requirements and grading
Course requirements and grading <top>
Regular attendance and timely completion of all assignments is required.
Read the assigned material, do homework, participate in class discussions
Essay 2 (or alternative artifact)
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).
A short selection on e-reserve at the library
Class Schedule <top>
Week 1. Introduction: the idea of community
- Check out the website. Suggetions gratefully accepted.
- Berg Ch. 1; Hobsbawm, "Inventing Traditions"; Durkheim "The Elementary Forms..."
- Also of interest: Baumann “Preface” & “The Agony of Tantalus”.
Week 2. Scientific communities and science at Mount Holyoke
- Introduction to the archives: Grace Gray letter
- H1 (due 02/17): Is Mount Holyoke College a community or not? Reference readings from class in your answer. Keep it brief and to the point (no more than a page).
- Geiryn, “The cultural space of science”; Porterfield, “Mary Lyon and the Mount Holyoke Missionaries”, Levin “Defining Women’s Scientific Enterprise” Berg Ch. 8
- Also of interest: Rossiter Women Scientists in America (2 vols) on reserve, these are really important basic histories.
Week 3. Women and science – a gendered scientific community?
- Introduction to other archival sources and the archives website.
- H2 (due 2/24): Do the archives represent Mount Holyoke as a community? Remember: Keep it brief and to the point (no more than a page).
- HAND OUT ESSAY 1 (DUE 03/10).
- GROUP PROJECT 1: Mapping and indexing the scientific community at MHC (and/or representations of the scientific community)
Week 4. Narrating expertise and asserting scientific authority
- Alford "Designing a Research Project"
- Warner “Curriculum, plus”; Berg Ch. 2
- Research Prep (Essay 1): Go and look in the folders in the archives about the individuals on the Women in Medicine list. Some have been pulled and you've seen them. For others there will be very little material, so you might want to start with a richer folder.
Look for different ways of talking about science. What are the different voices? How are different accounts related to Mount Holyoke or the Mount Holyoke community? (Authority? Expertise? Truth? Gender? The wider world of science?) Take some notes to report back.
- Also of interest: Schwarz “Two Faces of Collective Memory”; Halbwachs “The Social Frameworks of Memory”; Coser “Introduction to Halbwachs”
Week 5. Introduction to interviewing
- Berg Ch. 4; Spradley "Interviewing an Informant"
- H3 (due 3/10): Tell me who you have identified to interview and why. Explain how you have or will make contact, and what the arrangements are for interview.
- Berg Ch. 3; Shea "Don’t Talk to the Humans"
Week 6. Begin interviewing
- Jackson "Interviewing"; Spradley, "Asking Descriptive Questions"; Berg Ch. 9
- Group project 1 check in.
Week 7. Collective interview preparation
- Check in on mapping group project 1
- GROUP PROJECT 2: organizing collective interview; date? Invitation? Design?
- Recommended: Hoopes, pp. 33-58, 61-120
- More on scientist narratives
MIDTERM BREAK March 18-26
Week 8. Collective interview preparation
- Preparing to meet field group.
- HAND OUT ESSAY 2 ( DUE END OF SEMESTER)
Week 9. Collective interview preparation…..continued
Week 10. Collective meeting
- Berg Ch. 12, De-briefing on collective meeting. Assessing resources. Any followup?
- Report back to field group?
Week 11. Processing
- GROUP PROJECT 3: Artifact/transcription of field group meeting? Watching video/transcription?
Week 12. CBL review. Representing our own history
- Review with the archives.
- Commitments: research artifacts?
- Mapping Project Due.
Week 13. CBL review. Representing our own history
- Organize final assignments.
- The System of Professions, by Andrew Abbott
- Presenting our final projects
Week 14. Taking care of details