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LAW 792 D - Current Legal Problems - Immersion Journalism

Campus: Urbana-Champaign


This is an umbrella course listing for specialty topics of current legal issues of interest. Course Information: Additional fees may apply. See Class Schedule. 2 to 4 graduate hours. 1 to 4 professional hours. Approved for letter and S/U grading. May be repeated.

Special Instructions:

This seminar will introduce you to the journalistic techniques of immersion journalism. The methodology examines contemporary social phenomena through the lives of individuals and families gathered by repeat interviews. You will learn the techniques by doing an actual project of your choosing. You will have to recruit a participant, interview the person extensively with digital recorder, transcribe the interviews, and write a midterm and final paper based on the interviews. The interview methodology you will use is seen as the best way to provide the ethnographer/writer/reporter/oral historian with insight into social phenomena. The methodology can be used to examine the living conditions, family history and attitudes of any ethnic group at any class level -- wealthy, affluent, middle class, poor or underclass. The student with an insatiable curiosity about human behavior will be able to extract from willing participants surprising revelations about their needs, desires and motivations

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Number of Required Visit(s): 0

Course Level: Certificate

Credit: 3

Term(s): Fall


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