Posts Tagged ‘assignments’

Pictures for Midterm, question #2

Monday, March 15th, 2010

Picture #1

Picture #2

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Next week

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

Next week, we will continue talking about methodology and start a discussion on ethics and copyright. The readings for next week are posted here.

I will hand out the assignment for the midterm exam next Monday; you will have one week to hand in your response.

Make sure to update your blog with all missing entries, if you haven’t done so yet. I will grade your blogs next week for the first time.

Mini Fieldwork Experience

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

This in-class project is designed to give you a first, ‘low-key’ experience in the field and some practice with photo elicitation. It’s meant to be a playful experience where ‘trial and error’ may (and will) occur. So, stretch your creative muscles and have fun!

For this project, you will work in groups of two, assuming one of following roles:

– Dr. Researcher (introduces the topic, asks the participant questions, takes notes, leads the interview)

– Señor / Señora Participant (responds to questions, takes pictures, participates in photo-elicitation)

(If we have time we will do a second round and switch roles.)

First, sit down with your teammate and decide which role each of you will assume for the first round.

Second, imagine, you are part of a study on the quality of student life on Queens College campus. Together, pick one of the following topics to focus your research on:

– the quality of dining facilities on Queens College campus, or

– necessary improvements on Queens College campus.

Third, if you are Dr. Researcher, think about what it is you would like to find out. How would you introduce your topic to your participant in a few sentences? Also, write down a few open-ended questions you might want to ask your participant while walking with him/her on campus. Make sure you don’t just ask “where do you like to eat?” but to find out *why* your participants like or dislike a particular spot, or *why* they feel certain improvements should be made. (This is somewhat free time for Señor/Señora Participant but you should use it to think about where you want to take Dr. Researcher on campus, or prepare your round as a reseacher!)

Fourth, Dr. Researcher introduces his/her participant to the research topic and starts asking a few initial questions. The participant answers the questions — both verbally as well as visually by taking the researcher to places on campus, and emphasizing his/her points through pictures (taken either by the researcher or the participant). If you are the researcher don’t forget to take good field notes!

Fifth, come back to class. Sit down together and go over the pictures again, the researcher asking more (clarifying) questions and the participant explaining his point in more detail (this is called photo-elicitation…). Finish your fieldnotes.

Sixth, switch roles/topics and repeat this process for round 2, if we have the time.

Seventh, write a critical reflection of your experience, about both roles you assumed. Describe the fieldwork experience (topic and setting, questions that were asked, places that you visited, responses from the participant) and post two pictures from one of the rounds you participated in. Critically reflect on both roles — what did you like/didn’t like during the experience, and why? What was easy/hard, and why? What would you do different next time, or in your own research? — Be critical, about your own role and your teammate’s — we all know we are great but it’s candid advise that will help us get even better. 🙂

Please post your entries (2-3 paragraphs of text plus 2 pictures) by next Sunday, March 7, at noon on your blogs.

Extra Credit

Monday, March 1st, 2010

In order to earn extra credit, write a one to two page reaction paper about the event (what was talked about? what interested you most? what did you learn? what questions do still you have? how did the event relate to our class?…) and post it on your blog no later than 10 days after the event.

 If you know of an event in Queens that is related to topics discussed in class, please let me know and I am happy to add it to this list.)

172 Allen Street @ Stanton (in the Lower East Side), Manhattan

Friday, March 5th @ 7PM – $5 Suggested
Presentation: Prometheus Radio “Participatory Community Media”
As media ownership is increasingly centralized, communities in Latin America have been turning to radio and are building local media projects to support campaigns resisting corporate globalization. Please join folks from Prometheus Radio Project and Palabra Radio and learn about participatory community media projects throughout the hemisphere.
Saturday, March 6th @ 7PM – $5 Suggested
Presentation: Mark Anderson “Punk Politics Presently”
With Allison Wolfe from Bratmobile
A scene of outsiders no more, punk is now aligned with mainstream politics.
President Obama counts ‘punk rock performance poets’ as influences and Shepard Fairey provided the iconic imagery for the Obama campaign. Nonetheless, punks and the do-it-yourself crowd continue to provide grassroots tactics for building a pervasive social justice movement. Please join Mark Anderson (author of “Dance of Days” and co-founder of Positive Force DC) and Allison Wolfe (co-creator of “Girl Germs” zine and Riot Grrrl musician) for a presentation and discussion of the influence of punk on today’s political scene.

451 West Street (between Bank & Bethune Streets), Manhattan

Wednesday March 3rd, 2010 7:30 PM
Slide Show & Discussion
The Struggle for Free Speech at CCNY 1931-42
Carol Smith & Others TBA
This power point presentation of police surveillance photographs, graphics, and cartoons    documents the rising tide of student and faculty activism at the City College of New York that was spawned by the Great Depression and the rise of fascism in Europe. The student protest and faculty union organizing brought repeated crackdowns by the administration. A legislative investigation ultimately resulted in the dismissal of over 50 City College of New York faculty and staff-the largest single political purge of academics in US history.
This presentation is based on a traveling exhibit which can be seen online at Click “The Struggle for Free Speech at CCNY.”
Carol Smith is a retired faculty member from CCNY.
Sliding scale: $6/$10/$15

Handout for Final Project

Saturday, February 27th, 2010

Find the handout for the content and structure of your final projects here.

For February 24

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

On Wednesday, we will talk about your final projects.

The readings for tomorrow are posted here. Please note, that you only have to read pp. 35-46 of the posted essay.

For Feb 22

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

For next week, please complete the blog assignment posted here.

There is no additional reading assignment for Monday (but please bring your copy of this week’s reading to class).

Email me with questions!

Assignments for Feb 8

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

Next Monday, Boone will come to class and give an introduction to blogging. Please make sure you will attend class since this will be a one-time opportunity!

In preparation for Boone’s intro, each students needs to sign up for an account on Here is how:

  • Click here. You’ll need to use your email address to sign up. Once you’ve signed up, you’ll get an email to your qc email account asking you to activate your account (check your spam folder if you don’t see the email). Click the link to activate. You may change your password to something more memorable, and your Display Name to something more recognizable on the Dashboard if you feel comfortable with the software — otherwise no worries, we will do this on Monday with Boone.
  • Also, please make sure to complete your first blog assignment (as specified on the syllabus), and to have your picture and the text of your self-introduction available to be posted on your blogs (save them on your email, or bring them on a flashdrive).

    There is no reading due for our Monday class.