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Interpretive Methods in the Social Sciences

Instructor(s): Lisa Wedeen
Fall 2023
Collage made with Velasquez's Las Meninas and images of Wittgenstein, Greta Garbo, Foucault, Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet from Titanic, two people wrestling, and Donald Trump. Text that reads

This course is designed to provide students with an introduction to interpretive methods in the social sciences. Students will learn to “read” texts and images while also becoming familiar with contemporary thinking about interpretation, narrative, ethnography, and social construction. Among the methods we shall explore are: semiotics, hermeneutics, ordinary language theory, and discourse analysis.

PLSC 33300 | CCCT 33300 | ANTH 33300