SOCI-437 Project D.C. I: Urban Research Internship
Fall for 2009-2010
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The Project D.C. course is designed as a community-based research (CBR) seminar. The central feature of the course is that each student will work in a research internship with a community-based organization (CBO) in order to undertake a collaborative research project of value to the organization. The student, site supervisor, and course faculty will collaborate in the design of the project–to which all three parties will agree–which will be carried out by the student over the course of the academic year. The research process and product are intended to help advance the social justice work of the CBO and the student’s academic and personal development.
This course is a year long course and is required for the Sociology Department’s Social Justice Analysis concentration. It counts as the course equivalent to the Sociology Senior Seminar requirement.
Course Overview: You are expected to work with a community organization partner for 6-8 hours per week in addition to the time spent on class assignments. This is a four- credit hour course, so these expectations are proportionately greater than a typical three-credit hour course. In addition to the community-based research work, there will be regular class readings and discussion, presentations to the class based on your work, and other written products related to the larger project to be turned in. You will be responsible for creating a work plan during the first month of the course and updating it throughout the process. The work plan will include a description of the work that you will be doing at the site, the nature of the specific research project to be undertaken, a timeline for the tasks to be done and who will do them, a preliminary bibliography of readings on your topic, a description of the form the project report will take, how it will be used, and your thoughts on how you should be evaluated on it. Most projects will require review and approval by the Georgetown University Institutional Review Board, a review process that we will learn about at the beginning of the course.
Student projects have had an influence in the community and support the nonprofit organization’s social change efforts. We expect that students will be a reliable partner and effective advocate in support of the social justice initiatives undertaken by the community organization. Students may have a particular partner organization in mind when signing up for the course or may choose to work on one of the projects offered by the faculty member.
Prerequisites: SOCI-201 or permission of instructor
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Fall '09: Marullo, Sam (file download)
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