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GEOG 252 A   Community-Based Research back to previous pageBack to Results  
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InstructorKraly, Ellen P.
MeetsMWF 820-910, HO 203
RestrictionsInstr sign req during Drop/Add
NotesMeets second half of term
Core AreaNone
Count TowardsENS3/Environmental Geography

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This half-semester, 0.5-credit course introduces students to the principles and methodologies of community-based and participatory research within the context of the discipline of geography. Students gain exposure to theoretical scholarship in geography that underscores the critical ways that community perspectives inform scientific research concerning space, place, and region. Student reflect upon the ways that geographic research incorporates perspectives and interests of community organizations and members in the stages of scientific research including the conceptualization of geographic processes, generation of research goals and questions, research design, data collection, analysis and interpretation, and communication of results. Students actively engage in the process of community-based research by interviewing leaders in Madison County to both learn and assess which community characteristics should be incorporated into an information system with the goal to monitor social and environmental trends in the county and to anticipate emerging changes in communities.

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