Spring 2020  |  PA 5426 Section 001: Research and Policy with Marginalized Groups (57587)

Class Component:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
01/21/2020 - 05/04/2020
Mon, Wed 11:15AM - 12:30PM
UMTC, West Bank
Hubert H Humphrey Center 35
Enrollment Status:
Open (0 of 20 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
In context of marginalized communities: Analyze public policy problems using reflexive and/or feminist methodologies, discourse analysis, critical legal theories and legal realism; develop legislative strategy and ethical advocacy plans; design ethical research protocols; problem-solve at intersection of theory and practice.
Class Notes:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/?mart2114+PA5426+Spring2020 http://classinfo.umn.edu/?harex004+PA5426+Spring2020
Class Description:
Marginalized populations tend to be viewed as objects of social policy, passive victims, or a cause of social problems. Processes of marginalization we will explore in this class include: structural racism, colonization, economic exclusion and exploitation, and gender bias. All of these processes are involved in sex trading, prostitution and sex trafficking. Policy and research are typically driven by mainstream/dominant society members with little direct knowledge about the real lives of people on the margins. This can lead to misguided actions, misunderstandings, paternalism, unintended negative consequences and further marginalization and/or stigmatization. In this course we explore these issues in depth and review and develop ethical research and policy-making through a case study of sex trading and trafficking. Instructors and students in the course will work together on a real-world research and policy challenge so that students contribute to ongoing work in the field in real-time.
Who Should Take This Class?:
Typically this class has included students from multiple departments, including public policy, public health, social work, sociology and others. WE encourage students from these and other colleges (family social science, political science, law) to participate. High performing advanced undergrads have been successful in this course.
Learning Objectives:
After completing the course, students should be able to:
(1) analyze sensitive public policy problems using reflexive and/or feminist methodologies, discourse analysis, critical legal theories and legal realism
(2) design ethical research protocols on sensitive topics for use with marginalized communities
(3) understand and be able to use community-engaged research approaches
(4) analyze implications and develop legislative strategy with demonstrated sensitivity, awareness, and involvement of marginalized communities
(4) develop ethical advocacy plans on sensitive topics involving marginalized communities
(5) engage in real-world problem-solving at the intersection of theory and practice
(6) Demonstrate a nuanced understanding of the complex and multifaceted topic of commercial sex and the individuals involved in that marketplace.
Major assignments include:
(1) Participation in a class discussion and discussion leadership - 15% of grade
(2) 10 Reaction papers (less than 1 page in length) --10% of grade
(3) Discourse analysis (4-5 pages in length) - 15% of grade
(4) Problem statement and research design or Advocacy Memo (7-8 pages in length) - 20% of grade
(5) Project in the field - a group-based project to contribute to ongoing practice in the field. This year students will contribute to a real-world policy debate that is unfolding right now. The project will include research and policy - 30%
(8) Final report and reflection (2-3 pages) - 10%
Exam Format:
No exams. See grading for other graded assignments
Class Format:

Students are expected to attend class regularly. We meet twice a week. Typically the week will include one class session to explore readings and concepts and another with a guest speaker, exercise, or workshop.

To encourage timely reading of assigned readings and to ensure that you think about what you are reading, a very short reaction paper for each set of readings will be due every Sunday by 12:00p.m. (Noon) to give the students and instructors time to read your the posts before class on Monday. You will post reaction papers on the class Moodle website. You are expected to read the reactions posted by your classmates before
class on Monday. Two students will be assigned to lead the class discussion on readings based on their own and classmate's reflections. Each student will lead at least two class discussions.

Past Syllabi:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/harex004_mart2114_PA5426_Spring2019.docx (Spring 2019)
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/harex004_mart2114_PA5426_Spring2018.docx (Spring 2018)
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
13 November 2018

ClassInfo Links - Spring 2020 5000 Level Public Affairs Classes Taught by Debra Fitzpatrick

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