Spring 2023  |  PA 5426 Section 001: Community-Engaged Research and Policy with Marginalized Groups (65592)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Class Attributes:
Community Engaged Learning
Enrollment Requirements:
Grad or Masters or Law
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/17/2023 - 05/01/2023
Wed 05:30PM - 08:15PM
UMTC, West Bank
Hubert H Humphrey Center 15
Enrollment Status:
Open (0 of 30 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog 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, gender bias, and more. 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 will learn about community-engaged research methodologies such as participatory action research (PAR) and community-based participatory research (CPBR). We will use case studies to explore the challenges, rewards, and ethical implications of these community-engaged approaches to research and policy-making. Possible topics include, but are not limited to, sex trafficking, housing, and youth work. 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.
Class Notes:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/?melan108+PA5426+Spring2023. http://classinfo.umn.edu/?fritz290+PA5426+Spring2023.
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, gender bias, and more. 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 will learn about community-engaged research methodologies such as participatory action research (PAR) and community-based participatory research (CPBR). We will use case studies of sex trafficking, housing, and youth work to explore the challenges, rewards and ethical implications of these community-engaged approaches to research and policy-making. 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 may be eligible as an elective for the Graduate Health Equity Minor. The Health Equity Minor is a graduate minor that allows students to specialize in studying health disparities and inequalities. More information available here: https://www.sph.umn.edu/academics/degrees-programs/minors/health-equity/
Who Should Take This Class?:
Students who are interested in the intersection of community engagement, research and policy will benefit from learning theory, skills and practices for this work. The course will offer experiential learning in approaches that are vital to equitable policy making and research.
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.

Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/65592/1233
Past Syllabi:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/melan108_PA5426_Spring2021.pdf (Spring 2021)
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
5 January 2021

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