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Design Ethnography Curriculum

Program Curriculum

This program is offered online only with no in-person requirements

  • Degree Requirements

    Course NumberTitleCredits
    ETHNO 460Ethnography at the Speed of Industry1
    ETHNO 461Ethical Ethnography1
    ETHNO 462Asking and Listening1
    ETHNO 463Contextual Inquiry1
    ETHNO 464Just Enough Research1
    ETHNO 465Ethnography for Design1
    ETHNO 466Planning Productive Fieldwork1
    ETHNO 467Going Deeper With Theory1
    ETHNO 468Lean and Rapid Reporting1
    ETHNO 469Design Ethnography Capstone3
    Total12
  • Course Descriptions

    ETHNO 460 ETHNOGRAPHY AT THE SPEED OF INDUSTRY
    Applying anthropological ethnography in fast-paced research settings and the unique contributions of well-designed, multi-method qualitative research in service and product design, consumer insights, and organizational innovation. PREREQ: upper-division standing or Admission to the Design Ethnography Certificate program.

    ETHNO 461 ETHICAL ETHNOGRAPHY
    Reflect on codes of ethics from relevant professional societies, apply these statements to case studies and a potential research problem, consider ethical challenges, and complete CITI training in human subjects’ research. PREREQ: upper-division standing or Admission to the Design Ethnography Certificate program.

    ETHNO 462 ASKING AND LISTENING
    Practice the application of varied deep listening and interview techniques in an iterative research process in a fast-paced environment. PREREQ: upper-division standing or Admission to the Design Ethnography Certificate program.

    ETHNO 463 CONTEXTUAL INQUIRY
    Practice the application of diverse observational techniques in an iterative research process in a fast-paced environment. PREREQ: upper-division standing or Admission to the Design Ethnography Certificate program.

    ETHNO 464 JUST ENOUGH RESEARCH
    Identify research problems suitable for ethnographic research, form collaborative teams, and experiment with research methods appropriate to informing service and product design, consumer insights, and organizational innovation. PREREQ: upper-division standing or Admission to the Design Ethnography Certificate program.

    ETHNO 465 ETHNOGRAPHY FOR DESIGN
    Explains how ethnography provides the basis for user research that informs design of products, services, and organizations. Introduces basic design concepts including human centered design, iterative cycles, agility, personas, customer journey maps, pain points, unmet needs, and more. PREREQ: upper-division standing or Admission to the Design Ethnography Certificate program.

    ETHNO 466 PLANNING PRODUCTIVE FIELDWORK
    Practice constructing proposals for conducting ethical fieldwork valuable to solving a real world problem, culminating in negotiating permission to conduct research with a public or private sector stakeholder, and obtaining appropriate human subjects’ research approval. PREREQ: upper-division standing or Admission to the Design Ethnography Certificate program.

    ETHNO 467 GOING DEEPER WITH THEORY
    Explore the contribution of anthropological theory to effective research practice, and the unique contributions theoretically informed multi-method ethnography can make to varied industry problems. Emphasis on fundamentals of current anthropological science. PREREQ: upper-division standing or Admission to the Design Ethnography Certificate program.

    ETHNO 468 LEAN AND RAPID REPORTING
    Prepare and communicate findings to decision makers in a variety of roles. Make the case for the value of qualitative, ethnographic research in oral, visual, and written forms. PREREQ: upper-division standing or Admission to the Design Ethnography Certificate program.

    ETHNO 469 DESIGN ETHNOGRAPHY CAPSTONE
    Propose and negotiate a research project, collect and analyze appropriate data, create a professional report, and present findings to a real world stakeholder, receiving feedback from a working practitioner in design anthropology or qualitative research. PRE/COREQ: ETHNO 460, ETHNO 461, ETHNO 462, ETHNO 463, ETHNO 464, ETHNO 465, ETHNO 466, ETHNO 467, and ETHNO 468. PREREQ: upper-division standing or Admission to the Design Ethnography Certificate program.


  • Sample Full-time Schedule

    The sample schedule below is a general guide for scheduling your certificate courses. Typically, 12 credits is considered a full-time schedule. For this program, you must complete the nine, 1-credits courses before you can enroll in the capstone course which is why the program requires 21 weeks.

    Semester - CreditsCoursesEstimated Time per Week
    First Semester - 9 credits1st 7 weeks
    ETHNO 460
    ETHNO 461
    ETHNO 462
    ETHNO 463
    ETHNO 464
    1st 7 weeks
    27 - 32.5 hours
    2nd 7 weeks
    ETHNO 465
    ETHNO 466
    ETHNO 467
    ETHNO 468
    2nd 7 weeks
    21.55 - 26 hours
    Second Semester - 3 credits1st 7 weeks
    ETHNO 469
    1st 7 weeks
    16.5 - 19.5 hours
  • Sample Part-time Schedule

    The sample schedule below is a general guide for scheduling your certificate courses.

    Semester - CreditsCoursesEstimated Time per Week
    First Semester - 6 credits1st 7 weeks
    ETHNO 460
    ETHNO 461
    ETHNO 462
    1st 7 weeks
    16.5 - 19.5 hours
    2nd 7 weeks
    ETHNO 463
    ETHNO 464
    ETHNO 465
    2nd 7 weeks
    16.5 - 19.5 hours
    Second Semester - 6 credits1st 7 weeks
    ETHNO 466
    ETHNO 467
    ETHNO 468
    1st 7 weeks
    16.5 - 19.5 hours
    2nd 7 weeks
    ETHNO 469
    2nd 7 weeks
    16.5 - 19.5 hours

schedule
Selecting a full-time or part-time schedule

Before deciding on a part- or full-time schedule ask yourself:

  • Do I have 5-6 hours per week per class, to devote to studying?
  • What other obligations currently require my time?

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