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Semester and Year Offered: 4th Semester, 2nd year
Course Coordinator and Team: Honey Oberoi Vahali
Email of course coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pre-requisites: Working knowledge of Qualitative Research
Aim: The course aims to focus on clinical research methods, especially, the case study and life history approach.
- Acquisition of knowledge of qualitatively oriented, in depth, ideographic approaches to clinical and psychosocial research, such as clinical case studies, life histories, life writing, autobiographies, biographies, auto-ethnographies and culturally sensitive narratives.
- Learning to apprehend the nuances of human subjectivity in research contexts.
- Learning the art and science of how a researchers listens to affects and rhythms through which voice; subjectivity and selfhood acquire form in relationally oriented research paradigms.
Brief description of modules/ Main modules:
This course is guided by a clinical and psychosocial orientation, one which fosters the imagination of an engaged researcher working with a relational, self-reflexive and transformative potential. A stress on clinical psychoanalytic and experience-near ways of working with human beings in research contexts will be highlighted. A working knowledge of transference and counter transference in research contexts will highlight the relational quality of the research process.
A stress on forgotten and neglected narratives of human life, especially those weighed down by political and social marginalization will find a place in the curriculum. It will be the aim of facilitator to help MPhil trainees/ candidates to think of their research topics in a self-reflexive manner and to appreciate the import of the same in their personal/autobiographical context.
- Issues related to Self, Other and Research; nature of reality, relationship between researcher and researched, questions of power- who writes, who is written about, how is the other represented, to whom does the research belong? Has the participant a voice of her own? Stressing on Mutuality and rethinking power in research.
- Research as an evolving field of processual knowledge. Research as a creative, engaged, dynamic, contextual, empathetic and involved process
- Thinking of research questions, focusing on Method, Methodology, Process, sources of data, styles of writing and representing human narratives. The storied nature of the self.
- Psychoanalytic emphasis: Clinical case study method, life history method; life history, autobiography, narrative based research and learning the art of writing biographies.
- Auto-ethnography and reflexivity in psychodynamic research; working with preconceptions, protoideas, preconscious material.
- Focusing on Unconscious and relational processes in research work
- Ethics and philosophical considerations in clinical research
Assessment Details with weights:
- Written assessment- 40%
- Group presentations -20%
- Writing a reflective journal on issues in research- 10%
- Methodological review of a clinical case study/ life history- 30%
- Erikson, E, H. (1968). Life History and the Historical Moment. New York: W.W.Norton & Company.
- Erikson, E.H., (1971), Gandhi’s Truth: The origins of Militant Non-violence. New York: W.W Norton & Company.
- Erikson, E.H., (1973) Young Man Luther. New York: W.W.Norton & Company.
- Greenspan. H (1998). On listening to Holocaust Survivors. Westport: Praeger Publishers.
- Guru, G. (2009) Humiliation. New Delhi: Oxford University Press.
- Karlekar Malavika (2004). “Search for Women’s Voices: Reflections from Fieldwork”, 1968-93 in Srivastava, V.K. (ed.) Methodology and Fieldwork. New Delhi: Oxford. 371-388.
- Laub, Dori (1992) ‘Bearing Witness or the Vicissitudes of Listening’ in Shoshana Felman and Dori Laub, Testimony: Crises of Witnessing in Literature, Psychoanalysis and History.New York and London: Routledge.
- Lifton, R. J. (2001)“Is there a place for death in psychological research”. International Journal of group Tensions, 31 (2/4).
- Lifton, R.J. (1969). Death In Life: Survivors of Hiroshima. New York: W.W. Norton & Company.
- Rich, Adrienne (1984) Of Woman Born. New York: W.W. Norton and Company
- Selected essays from Two birds and a crow- Alan Dudes
- Srivastava, V.K. (2004). Methodology and Fieldwork (ed). New Delhi: Oxford University Press
- Tsundue Tenzin (2004). Kora: Stories and Poems. Dharmsala: Tibet Works.
- Watkins, M. and Shulman,H., (2008) Toward Psychologies of Liberation. New York: Palgrave
- Winnicott, D.W. (1974). Deprivation and Delinquency. New York: Inlacs Publishers.
- Mulk Raj Anand’s The untouchable or selected short stories from the Poisoned Bread or Laxman Gaikward’s The Branded.
- Nandy, A. (2007) Time Treks. Permanent Black: New Delhi.
- Ogden,H. Thomas (2003). Conversations at the Frontiers of Dreaming. New York, London: Karnac.
- Ramaswamy Vijaya (ed.). (2003) Researching Indian Women. New Delhi: Manohar.
- Roshomon (1967) Film by Kurusawa
- Sonam Buchung (2006). Muses in Exile: A collection on Poems. New Delhi: Penguin.