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Community-Based Research Scholars | Course Descriptions

CBL students

CBRS Fall Courses

During your first semester of the program, you will be taking a course with a Community-Based Learning Designation (CB) to extend and deepen classroom-based learning through meaningful involvement with a community agency, nonprofit organization, or school. These courses will require 20 hours of service-learning or a comparable project or product. In future semesters, students will have the opportunity to take additional CB designated courses. Examples of other CB courses are listed here.

SISU-140 (CB): Cross-Cultural Communication FA3

Instructor: Terra Gargano

Examines the impact of culture on communication, perception, thought patterns, values, and beliefs in order to better understand the behavior of individuals within different societies. Specific concerns include the dynamics of verbal and nonverbal communication; the relationship between dominant cultures and subcultures; ethnic, racial, class and other forms of diversity within countries and organizations; third-culture and multicultural persons; and the dynamics of cross-cultural adjustment.

AMST-240 (CB): Poverty and Culture FA4

Instructor: Mary Ellen Curtin

Students explore and debate rival theories about the causes and consequences of poverty. Why poverty occurs, why certain people are poor, how poverty influences family and community life, and how the poor respond to their situation and sometimes try to change it.

IDIS-101: Community-Based Research Lab

Instructor: Jane Palmer

In this multidisciplinary course students learn the principles of community-based learning, community-based research, and the fundamentals of social science research. The course also provides students with training on topics such as diversity, privilege, team dynamics, public speaking, interviewing, and other topics designed to prepare students for successful community-based learning and research projects. The course includes community visits.

CBRS Spring Course

GNED-140 (CB): Community-Based Research

Instructor: Jane Palmer

Students engage in research to inform solutions for a pressing community problem, identify avenues to effect social change or evaluate program impact with a local non-profit in the Washington, DC area.