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Senior Individualized Project (SIP)

The Senior Individualized Project In Anthropology & Sociology

The AnSo SIP represents an opportunity to undertake independent research using the methods and theories of Anthropology and Sociology.  While there are a variety of possible SIP models, central to all of them is the exploration of a particular research question that is situated within and builds upon anthropological and sociological literature. 

AnSo SIP Pre-requisites

·         ANSO 212 (Quantitative Research Methods) and ANSO 245 (Qualitative Research Methods).  See descriptions of each model below for more information.

·         ANSO 345 (Theories of Society and Culture)

·         Coursework in AnSo.  Anyone doing a SIP in the Anthropology & Sociology Department must have taken a number of AnSo courses and be able to demonstrate that they have enough grounding in field to undertake a significant research project in the department.

SIP Models

A.      Summer/Fall SIP using qualitative methods.  These SIPs explore a research question through the combination of existing literature and the collection of original qualitative data.   Students are expected to do fieldwork over the summer and write up their SIPs in the Fall.  Students doing this kind of SIP must submit a detailed research plan as part of their proposal in the Spring, and then submit evidence of substantial summer research in the form of data (interview transcriptions, fieldnotes, etc.) to their SIP supervisor on the first day of Fall quarter. Minimum number of pages for a Summer/Fall SIP using qualitative methods is 60, exclusive of bibliography and appendices.  ANSO 245 and ANSO 212 are required. (credit: 2 units)

B.      Summer/Fall SIP using quantitative methods.  These SIPs explore a research question through the combination of existing literature and the use of existing quantitative data (Option 1) or the collection of original quantitative data (Option 2).  For Option 1, the review of the literature and data analysis using SPSS should be completed over the summer, and students are expected to do additional data analysis and write up their SIPs in the Fall.  For Option 2, the review of the literature, data collection, and preliminary data analysis using SPSS should be completed over the summer. Students doing this kind of SIP must submit a detailed data gathering plan as part of their proposal in the Spring, and then submit evidence of substantial summer research in the form of data (survey results, etc.) to their SIP supervisor on the first day of Fall quarter. Minimum number of pages for a Summer/Fall SIP using quantitative methods is 60, exclusive of bibliography and appendices.  ANSO 212 and ANSO 245 are required. (credit: 2 units)

C.      Summer/Fall library-based SIP.   These SIPs explore a research question through an examination and analysis of existing research.  Students are expected to do research over the summer and write up their SIPs in the fall.  Students doing this kind of SIP must submit a detailed reading plan and annotated bibliography as part of their proposal in the spring, and then submit evidence of substantial summer research in the form of reading notes to their SIP supervisor on the first day of fall quarter. Minimum number of pages for a 2-unit library-based SIP is 60, exclusive of bibliography and appendices.  ANSO 212 and ANSO 245 required.  (credit: 2 units)

D.     Summer practicum SIP.  These SIPs explore a research question through existing literature and a practicum/internship experience. Generally, practicum SIPs can reflect on a set of experiences or use practical experiences to make recommendations. As part of their preparation to undertake a practicum SIP, students are expected to set clear learning goals in collaboration with their SIP advisor.

·         Reflection-focused SIPs focus on the student’s experience of going through an internship or summer job. The student uses peer reviewed academic literature to connect the practical experience with broader social and theoretical issues.

·         Recommendation-focused SIPs focus an evaluation of a set of organizational practices or public policies and provide a roadmap for improving those practices/policies using peer reviewed academic literature.

·         Students will work with their SIP advisor to set up expectations for the SIP based on the project. Please be aware that expectations may not be the same across the department as expectations will be based on the specifics of particular projects. In addition students will turn in a timeline as well as a work plan to their advisor as part of their SIP proposal.

E.       Fall library-based SIP.  While we strongly encourage summer or summer-fall SIPs, in unusual circumstances, students may do a 1-unit library-based SIP in the fall. Minimum number of pages for a 1-unit library-based SIP is 45, exclusive of bibliography and appendices.  ANSO 212 and ANSO 245 required. (credit: 1 unit)

NOTE: You can read and search previous ANSO SIPs through the Library Cache online.