Cross-Cultural Investigations: Technology and Development

A translator and interview subject sign to one another as an anthropologist watches.

A translator signs to an activist for the deaf in Ghana during an ethnographic interview with anthropologist, Kathryn Linn Geurts. (Image courtesy of James E. O'Neal.)


MIT Course Number

21A.801J / EC.702J / STS.071J / EC.792J / 21A.839J / STS.481J

As Taught In

Fall 2012


Undergraduate / Graduate

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Course Description

This course enhances cross-cultural understanding through the discussion of practical, ethical, and epistemological issues in conducting social science and applied research in foreign countries or unfamiliar communities. It includes a research practicum to help students develop interviewing, participant-observation, and other qualitative research skills, as well as critical discussion of case studies. The course is open to all interested students, but intended particularly for those planning to undertake exploratory research or applied work abroad. Students taking the graduate version complete additional assignments.

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Heather Paxson. 21A.801J Cross-Cultural Investigations: Technology and Development. Fall 2012. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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