Spring 2021  |  PA 5426 Section 001: Research and Policy with Marginalized Groups (54161)

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
01/19/2021 - 05/03/2021
Wed 04:00PM - 06:45PM
UMTC, West Bank
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:
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.
This course meets the requirement as an elective course for the Health Equity Minor. The Health Equity Minor is a graduate minor that allows students to specialize in studying health disparities and inequalities.
Learning Objectives:
After completing the course, students should be able to:

Analyze sensitive public policy problems using reflexive and/or feminist methodologies, discourse analysis, critical legal theories and legal realism

Design ethical research protocols on sensitive topics for use with marginalized communities

Understand and be able to use community engaged research approaches

Analyze implications and develop legislative strategy with demonstrated sensitivity, awareness, and involvement of marginalized communities

Develop ethical advocacy plans on sensitive topics involving marginalized communities

Engage in real world problem solving at the intersection of theory and practice

Demonstrate a nuanced understanding of the complex and multifaceted topic of commercial sex and the individuals involved in that marketplace.

Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
7 November 2019

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