In this class, we will read, talk, write, and learn about different research methodologies and theoretical frameworks of historical and contemporary significance within the Humanities including Cultural Rhetorics, Critical Race Theory, Gender Studies, ethnography, surveying, discourse analysis, and other qualitative frameworks. We will also work to develop the techne of research – the how-to knowledge of conducting contextual research according to certain methodologies. In addition, we will examine, question, and theorize the motivations and biases that informed each methodology we cover particularly how those biases are embedded in race, ethnicity, nationalism, neoliberalism, citizenship, and misogyny. Collectively, this class is about the praxis of research. The course is designed to introduce you to some major research trends, while also preparing you to find and invent other approaches. Writing projects will include meta-analyzing methods, contextualizing methods, and working towards writing a thesis/dissertation proposal, a thesis/dissertation, or an article for publication.
This class will not be about all of the available approaches to research. Instead, the course is designed to introduce you to some major research trends within the discipline, while also preparing you to find and invent other approaches.The course assignments are designed to facilitate these objectives, but since you are all at different points in our graduate careers, there will be many ways that these assignments will manifest.