METHODS

 

QUALITATIVE RESEARCH AND DESIGN METHODS

Fall 2014

Qualitative research involves close observation, attentive listening, intent questioning, and careful interpretation. These are the skills we use in daily life as we seek to understand ourselves and the world around us (even if we are not always conscious of it) and these are the skills, applied systematically, that are the basis of qualitative research. It is a skill set that is critical to effective work in organizations, in communities and with peers. Qualitative research has developed as a field of inquiry and a method that cuts across disciplines and subjects. It contains many methodological tensions and privileges no single set of practices over another. Designed for students of the built and natural environments, this class will explore methods to understand space and place, its use and meaning for people overtime, and in the current context. This course is designed around fieldwork in selected sites on the Cornell Campus (dining halls, eateries operated by Cornell Dining Services, the Statler, and private vendors). Students examine the places where food is produced and consumed, and the labor that goes into the process, with a focus on understanding the production process and labor-spatial relations. The analytical process of writing up findings is fundamental to the class.

INTERNATIONAL STUDIES IN PLANNING SEMINAR

Spring 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014

The Program in International Studies in Planning (ISP), founded in the late 1960s, provides a forum for campus-wide exchange on international urban and regional development issues and encourages graduate student research on interdisciplinary lines. The Program seeks to create a research community that brings together students and planning professionals from the US and other parts of the world to develop theory, concepts, and practical tools for studying urban development questions from diverse cultural and disciplinary perspectives, to engage in professional practice in a wide variety of cultural contexts, and to become committed world citizens. While focusing on urban transformations in the developing world; the spatial dimensions of development and of social and political contestations; and the institutions of globalization and international development, ISP is both a program of the Einaudi Center and a curricular concentration within the Department of City and Regional Planning (CRP) in the College of Architecture, Art and Planning.

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