American Studies | Seminar in American Studies: Community Based Research Methods
G751 | 21178 | Atalay, S


Fall 2010
G751  Seminar in American Studies
Topic: Community Based Research Methods

Course meets with ANTH A525

Conducting research with, for and by communities is the focus of this
course.  There is a growing movement in social science and public
health fields to conduct research with communities that produce
results which benefit communities. In this course you will examine
collaborative research methodologies, and explore ways that effective
and rigorous research can be conducted with, for and by communities.
Throughout the semester you will be introducted to a range of
collaborative approaches, with a focus on community based
participatory research (CBPR) methodologies and participatory action
research (PAR). Course participants will gain an understanding of
CBPR principles and history; the challenges and benefits involved in
conducting CBPR; and the ethics and best-practices for its successful
application. Developing an in-depth understanding of the guiding
principles of CBPR will be a central focus, including: reciprocity,
power-sharing, community capacity building, and integrating multiple
knowledge systems.

By the end of the semester you will have developed grounding in the
theory and practice of CBPR methods, and an understanding of how its
principles transform the process and outcomes of social science
research. You will learn: how community based research projects get
started, typical challenges, effective correspondence with the
community, grant writing skills for community projects, where and how
to publish your work, and a range of other practical and professional
research skills related to community- based work. The emphasis will
be on applications of CBPR to anthropology, archaeology, and Native
American and Indigenous studies; however examples from a range of
fields will be covered including natural resource management, museum
studies, geology, public health, and ethnobotany.

Please Note: This is Part 1 of a two part course-series. Part 1
(offered Fall semester 2010) is taught as a seminar - it provides
grounding in community-based research methods, and professional
skills development in planning and conducting a community-based
research project. Part 2 (offered Spring semester 2011) is taught as
a practicum - it will provide practical, hands-on training in CBPR as
students carry out a community-based research project working with
local Native American communities in the Southern Indiana area.
Students who enroll in Part 1 are NOT required to take Part 2 next
spring. However, successful completion of Part 1 is a pre-requisite
for enrollment in Part 2 next spring.