This is most recent syllabus. Your final syllabus will be given during your first day of class
In this course, you will collaborate with community partners using field research methods to understand and evaluate an area in need of improvement and test possible solutions for that area. Field research projects involve actively going out into the community, and therefore, you will be required to speak with partners in order to identify an area in need of improvement, come up with a method to understand and evaluate the area in need of improvement (or test possible solutions), collect and analyze data (with the professor’s help), interpret the results, and present them to the community partner, collaborators, and the science community at large.
This course will help you broaden your cultural perspectives by seeing what is/is not universal across cultures in a concrete way. In this process, you will understand that research can be of value to academics as well as non-academics. The end goal is to conduct sound research while having a positive impact on the community. Some examples include the positive impact community service can have on our moral understanding of ourselves, social norming can have on recycling behaviors, ownership can have on the positive development of children’s creative skills, and productive generosity can lead to enhanced goal striving.
Qualitative Community Research Project Description
You will collaborate with community partners using field research methods to understand and evaluate an area in need of improvement and test possible solutions for that area. At the end of the semester, you will present your project to the Umbra community.
By the end of this course, you will have:
- a heightened awareness of cultural differences;
- learned the value of productive generosity;
- gained new knowledge of aligned fields like psychology, philosophy, linguistics, decision-making, and marketing;
- taken initiative to develop a set of collaborative research projects with community partners;
- integrated theory with practice, appreciating how research can help us understand and influence people’s lives; and
- gained career relevant experiences in research, collaborative work, and community engagement.
Weekly handouts provided by the instructor