Narrative and Auto/Biographical Research   [Archived Catalog]
2017-2018 Academic Catalog and Student Handbook

RES 4005 - Narrative and Auto/Biographical Research

This course focuses on the foundations and applications of Narrative Inquiry and the closely related methodologies of auto-biography and narratology.  The course recognizes the importance of storytelling, conversation, forms of everyday oral and written communication, and narrative text in the study of human lives.  It first examines the larger topic of in-depth, qualitative methodologies in the human sciences.  It briefly considers kindred research methods that rely on textual data, from biography to phenomenology, ethno-methodology, and ethnography.  Course assignments prepare the student to execute a full pilot study, including becoming knowledgeable of preparing the research proposal, and reporting research findings.  Assignments include preparing components of a research proposal, specifically the methods section and results report.  Assignments also develop applied research skills, including data collection, thematic analysis, and interpretation.  In addition, techniques for intentionally introducing embodiment to the research process. The course entails a research proposal, execution of a pilot research study, and written research report. (Ph.D. program only) Prerequisite(s): Completion of RES 1015   3 credit(s)