Smolny Beyond Borders

A Liberal Arts Initiative

Qualitative Research Methods


Course Schedule:

Tuesday 8:30am - 11:30am New York / EST

Professor: Victor Apryshchenko
Semester: Spring 2024 (January 29  – May 21)
Course Level: 300
Subject: HIST
Number of Bard Credits: 4
Course Title: Qualitative Research Methods
Max Enrollment: 22
Schedule: Tuesday 8:30 – 11:30 New York / EST
Distribution Area: Historical Analysis
Cross-Listing(s): no
Language of Instruction: English

The course seeks to expand the range of voices involved in the researching and writing
global history. Employing the same networked, blended model used in “A History of
the World”, the course trains students in history methods and project design. Students,
collaborating with each other and with instructor, develop and answer research
questions before carrying out independent research projects. At the end of the course,
they share their findings with the class, creating opportunities for students to see and
explore connections, parallels, and intersections between their diverse projects. The
course inverts traditional hierarchies of knowledge production by helping displaced
learners and their neighbors build the research and critical thinking skills needed to
create and share historical narratives—turning them from consumers to producers of
historical knowledge.