The purpose of this assignment is to give you hands on experience doing participant observation.
You will choose one setting (or type of setting) where you can conduct 3 sessions of observations
and/or participation. Prior to going out into the field you will submit a research proposal describing
the setting you will visit and why your are interested in that setting. You will also describe how you
will gain access and your role in that setting (participant and/or observer). Each session should be 1
to 1.5 hours long during which you will record a detailed description of what occurred in fieldnotes.
We will discuss these notes in class activities so it is important that you bring them to class on the
relevant dates listed on the syllabus. These notes will be the basis of your paper so it is extremely
important that you take the necessary time to write them. You should expect to write between 3-5