Sociologists search for patterns that explain social dynamics—empowerment vs. inequality; marginalization vs. community building. Sociologists ask not only, “Knowledge for What?," but also ”Knowledge for Whom?”
Recently public sociology debates have asked what it means to do research in the public interest? Similarly, liberation sociology argues that sociologists have a particular responsibility to work to increase social equity.
To expand access to knowledge-making, Learning from the Field teaches studentsto plan, design and execute collaborative community-based research. For learning purposes, we will select a project that we can complete within the semester. The course first exposes students to concepts, methods, and tools useful in community-based participatory action research. The course then focuses on practical projects benefiting student learning and community needs.