American Studies | Seminar in AMST- Community Based Research Methods Part II
G751 | 17555 | Atalay


AMST-G751- (Practicum)

Meets with ANTH A526
Gaining practical experience in conducting research with, for and by
communities is the focus of this course.  This is the second part of
a two-course series. Students will apply community based
participatory research (CBPR) principles that were introduced in Part
I of the course (ANTH A525). This is a service-learning course that
is structured as a practicum, and provides practical, hands-on
training in CBPR. Students will work directly with two Native
American communities (Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe in Michigan and
the Sullivan County American Indian Council in Indiana) to plan and
carry out aspects of a community-based research project. Each
community already has an exciting research project in mind –over the
course of the semester you will work with them to 1) develop specific
long and short-term research goals; 2) complete some of the short-
term aspects of the project, and 3) write a grant proposal that the
community can utilize to help fund  the remainder of the research.


To accomplish this students will be divided into research teams that
will work collaboratively with one of the two communities to develop
a research design that has both short-term and long-term project
goals. Research teams will work towards completing the short term
goals during the semester, and will be responsible for drafting a
grant proposal and IRB documentation for the long-term aspects of the
project. Research teams will also gain experience in preparing and
presenting a final community report (this can take many forms
including a brief video presentation, powerpoint slide show, comic
strip, newsletter, performance, etc.) and also a presentation that
introduces the public to CBPR and your teams’ specific research
project (e.g. brief Youtube video or wiki page).

Pre-requisite: ANTH A525 or permission of instructor.