Community Based Research as a Tool for Social Change
In this course, students learn the principles and methods of community-based research by conducting small-scale projects in collaboration with local community organizations: the Boys and Girls Club of the Peninsula, and the Mural, Music, and Arts Project of East Palo Alto. Topics covered in the course include qualitative research methods such as interviewing, discourse analysis, surveys, and formal observations, principles and ethics of community-based research, and the place and purpose of scholarly inquiry. Students engage these topics through collaborative partnerships with community organizations. Working in teams, students collect and analyze data and submit a final research report to the community partner by the end of the quarter.