Purpose & Description
The main objective of this course is to help students acquire the basic knowledge and skills needed for conducting questionnaire surveys and interviews during fieldwork. This course first introduces students to various social research methods (both quantitative and qualitative), and then provides them with hands-on experience of fieldwork. The course comprises lectures, discussions, a questionnaire development exercise, interview exercises, and group work for the fieldwork and presentation.
Session 1: Course introduction
Session 2: What is fieldwork?; Introducing various social research methods (lecture); Forming groups for practical fieldwork
Session 3: Research designs (lecture); Group work
Session 4: Quantitative research methods (lecture); Exercise in developing a questionnaire (Group work)
Session 5: Qualitative research methods (lecture); Interview exercises
Session 6: Research data analysis; Report-writing of research results (lecture); Group work
Session 7: Procedures and preparation for fieldwork (lecture); Group work
Session 8: Research ethics (lecture); Group work
Session 9: Group work to prepare for practical fieldwork
Session 10: Fieldwork
Session 11: Fieldwork or research data analysis
Session 12: Group presentation and feedback (1)
Session 13: Group presentation and feedback (2)
Session 14: Group presentation and feedback (3)
Session 15: Course review
Texts & References
Handouts will be provided by the instructor.
Grading will be based on:
Class attendance and contribution to class discussions 30%
Individual short paper 10%
Group homework assignments 20%
Group presentation 20%
Group final paper 20%
Language(s) for instruction & discussion; Others
・This course will be conducted in English.
・Enrollment limit is 40 students. Priority for course enrollment is given to first-year master’s students who plan to participate in Domestic Field Work (DFW) and/or Overseas Field Work (OFW).
・The course schedule may change depending on the number of students enrolled.
・All participants must read the required reading materials before coming to each class.