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(Ute på fältet, inne vid skrivbordet) (From field to desk)
A transdisciplinary qualitative method course

Barbara Czarniawska and Andreas Diedrich, GRI, University of Gothenburg.
2016/2017, 15 ects

This course is intended for doctoral students in social sciences interested in qualitative research methods. The course puts a heavy emphasis on own work (exercises, homework etc.), and assumes knowledge of indicated literature. It ends with a paper.

The sessions take place in two-weeks intervals, to give participants time to prepare. However, there are several exceptions to this rule, necessary to avoid collision with national conferences.

The course will be given in Swedish (if only Swedish students apply) or in English. To facilitate participation for people from outside Gothenburg seminars are given two at a time. The number of participants is limited to 12, and participation in all sessions is obligatory (the course has a character of a workshop), therefore a serious planning and commitment are required. 

The main textbook used is Czarniawska, B. (2014) Social science research from field to desk (London: Sage). The Swedish version is called Ute på fältet, inne vid skrivbordet (Lund: Studentlitteratur). In the syllabus below it is called "Textbook". Students who wish to enrol in the second part of the course are nevertheless expected to read the first part of the textbook in advance.

Course administrator: Kajsa Lundh, Department of Business Administration, Kajsa.Lundh@handels.gu.se

It is possible to apply to this course from April 1 until May 1. For more information click here

Course syllabus

Homework 1:
Textbook: Prologue, Chapter 1
Write: Answer the following questions about your own work:
1.What do I want to know?
2.Why do I want to know just this?
3. How will I learn about it?
Homework 2:
Textbook, Chapter 2
Write: An outline of the literature review for your dissertation:
- what kind of positions will be included (theory, methodology, earlier studies, etc.)
- what structure will it have (e.g. chronological, argumentative, etc.)

1. 11 October 2016, 13-16
Studying management and organizing in contemporary organizations: a call for a symmetric ethnology
2. 12 October 2016, 9-12
Literature review

Homework 3:
Read: Textbook Chapter 3.
Write: Based on your answers to "3 questions", design a study (in a format of a research application)
Homework 4:
Read: Textbook Chapter 4
Write: An interview transcript (from your fieldwork or from a radio/TV interview)

3. 25 October 2016, 13-16
Grounded theory: Study design
4. 26 October 2016, 9-12
Fieldwork I: Interviews

Homework 5:
Read: Textbook Chapter 5
Write: Direct observation (own fieldmaterial, observation of a meeting or shadowing somebody for 2-3 hours)
Homework 6:
Read: Textbook Chapter 6
Write: A plan for following an object or a quasi-object (an idea, a document, a model) crucial for the practice of interest to you

5. 8 November 2016, 13-16
Fieldwork II: Direct observation & shadowing
6. 9 November 2016, 9-12
Fieldwork III: Following objects and quasi-objects

Homework 7:
Read: Textbook Chapter 7.
"Write": A time-budget (based on your electronic calender) or a photoreportage of your day
Homework 8:
Read: Textbook Chapter 8.
Write: "My worst day in the field"

7. 22 November 2016, 13-16
Fieldworking tools.
8. 23 November 2016, 9-12
Surviving in the field

Homework 9:
Read: Textbook Chapter 9
Write: List the ways in which you could use (or could have used) virtual material in your dissertation.
Homework 10:
Read: Textbook Chapter 10
Write: Describe the kind of field material you have collected (will collect) in your fieldwork and suggest possible ways of analyzing it.

9. 24 January 2017, 13-16
10. 25 January 2017, 9-12
The field on the desk

Homework 11:
Read: Textbook Chapter 11
Write: Find a story in your daily or weekly newspaper (or choose a story you found in one of your interviews) and analyze it in two different ways.
Homework 12:
Read: Textbook Chapter 12.
Write: A review of a book selected from the following list:
Kunda, Gideon: Enginering culture, Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1992/2006 (two editions);
Orr, Julian, Talking about machines: An ethnography of a modern job. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1996;
Leidner, Robin, Fast food, fast talk: Service work and the routinization of everyday life. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1993;
Ho, Karen: Liquidated. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2009;
Lépinay, Vincent Antonin (2011) Codes of finance. Engineering derivatives in a global bank. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

11. 7 February 2017, 13-16
Text analyses
12. 8 February 2017, 9-12
Writing it up

Homework 13:
Textbook Chapter 13
Write: A review of a book selected from the following list:
Hirschman, Albert O., Shifting involvements: Private interest and public action. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1982/2002;
Latour, Bruno, Aramis or the love of technology. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1996;
Mol, Annemarie: The body multiple. Ontology in medical practice. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2002.
Homework 14:
Read: Textbook Chapter 14
Write: Prepare a presentation of a novel or a movie that illustrates the issues of work or organizing. Compare it with a doctoral dissertation of your choice.

13. 21 February 2017, 13-16
How to write well and be believed
14. 22 February 2017, 9-12
When to stop, and what to do next

Homework 15-16:
An essay (about 20 pages) built on extended answers to the "3 questions"
15. 7 March 2017, 13-16
Miniconference: Presentation of essays
16. 8 March 2017, 9-12
Miniconference cont.: Presentation of essays

The written essays will then receive a feedback from the course instructor. The points will be given upon the acceptance of the paper.


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