Interdisciplinary Research Methods
AFRI-A650 with Professor Aherne
This course is designed to provide a foundation for conducting research and applied work in, and on, Africa. Part One examines African Studies as an area of knowledge production with an emphasis on the historical, intellectual, and institutional contexts that have shaped the field over time. Part Two, constituting about two thirds of the seminar, focuses on a) the approaches and methods of inquiry used by scholars and professionals of various disciplinary backgrounds; b) the identification and analysis of sources; c) new modes of scholarly communication and publication; and d) the ethics and politics of research and publication. Faculty members from different departments on the IUB campus will share their research and discuss associated conceptual issues and methodological techniques. African Studies Collection librarian Mireille Djenno will introduce students to research in libraries, special collections, and archives. Ms. Djenno will be also be available for research consultations by appointment throughout the semester (please make sure to schedule an appointment with her in advance). The different components of this course are relevant not only for students who plan to seek careers in academia but also for those who aim for non-profit or for-profit employment outside of academe. (Source: Faculty provided) Course Description Prepares students to conduct scholarly research and social-impact analysis in Africa as well as design and implement projects focused on contemporary issues in areas ranging from development and the environment to health and politics. Also provides students with the background for assessing the results of already completed studies.
- Critical Track
- Analytical Track