2 or 3 credits, variable. Letter grades only.
This course provides an overview of methodology and methods in Community—Based Participatory Research (CBPR), including methodological considerations in building community partnerships and planning research and analyzing sustainability issues. The course will also cover research methods, such as interviews, focus groups, and story circles. Course materials and case studies will emphasize the ethical considerations of working in developing countries, especially those in Southeast Asia, including issues associated with university–community partnerships and working with the University’s Institutional Review Board.
Students will be able to describe, discuss, and apply the major principles of community-based participatory research, illustrating their relevance with case studies from Southeast Asia and elsewhere.
Students will be able to discuss and examine the key community-based participatory research methodological considerations in partnering with communities, planning for research, data gathering, and sharing of results.
Students will be able to identify challenges and opportunities associated with conducting fieldwork in a community-based participatory research context.
Students will be able to identify and critically analyze ethical dimensions of community-based participatory research, including University Institutional Review Boards, community-based protocols for review of research, and university-community relationships.
Students will be able to identify and discuss approaches to addressing validity and rigor in community-based participatory research methods.
Students will be able to demonstrate how to design protocols to collect, analyze, and report qualitative data.
Students will be able to identify both the strengths and limitations of choosing a community-based participatory research approach to addressing environmental issues.