Community Research Seminar|
Spring 2014 not offered
|Certificates: Civic Engagement|
|Course Cluster: Service-Learning|
Small teams of students will carry out research projects submitted by local community groups and agencies. These may involve social science, natural science, or arts and humanities themes. The first two weeks of the course will be spent studying the theory and practice of community research. Working with the community groups themselves, the teams will then move to design and implementation of the research projects.
||Gen Ed Area Dept:
|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (PSYC)(SOC)
Dewey, "Experience and thinking"
Park, "What is participatory research?"
Stoeker, "The imperfect practice of collaborative research"
Hondagneu-Sotelo & Raskoff, "Community service-learning"
Gaventa, "The powerful, the powerless, and the experts"
Babbie, "The logic of sampling" & "The research report"
Horton & Friere, WE MAKE THE ROAD BY WALKING
Rosenthal, "Dilemmas of local antihomelessness movements"
|Examination and Assignments: |
One major research paper written as a member of a research team, including evaluations of each component (research design, implementation, etc.) along the way, an ongoing journal of field notes, and two 6-8 page papers summarizing and analyzing field notes.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
By permission of the instructor, 16 students, all juniors and seniors, will be admitted. First-year and sophomore students are not eligible. Students in all disciplines may apply. Students applying to be admitted to the course will write a statement indicating: 1) which project they wish to work on and why, and 2) what methodological training and research experience in the field, if any, they would bring to the project. This course is open to non-majors.
Students can access the application by navigating to www.wesleyan.edu/slc. Then in the student bucket, click on the application hyperlink. Complete the form and submit it to firstname.lastname@example.org as an email attachment by November 16th.
Throughout the semester, the course will convene twice weekly to allow for discussion of research methodology and to track problems and progress in the individual projects. Research projects will be completed by the end of the semester.