Participatory Action Research

Course Code: CDEV 3002

Academic Year: 2018-2019

This course will provide students with an understanding of historical and contemporary approaches and methods used in Participatory Action Research (PAR). This course will promote the melding of theory, practice and critical thinking as participants relate to "real life" cases and critically assess the possibilities and challenges inherent to engaging community members in research process in the most meaningful way possible. Theoretical and practical applications of tools will be practiced and critically assessed for their applicability to real life situations. In this course learners will facilitate the identification of an initial Participatory Action Research question with community members as co-researchers (with either fellow students or outside community members). Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to effectively identify, implement and evaluate their abilities as Participatory Action Research facilitators.