Fall 2021 Electives
To qualify as a GCPR elective, a course must have a significant participatory research component and/or significant content addressing the theory, method or practice of participatory research. In addition to the courses listed below, independent studies with a significant focus on participatory theory or methods may also qualify as electives. Please contact the Curriculum Chair (Sara Smith, firstname.lastname@example.org) and Advising Chair (Lauren Leve, email@example.com), for formal approval of particular courses. Students are also encouraged to consult the list of past electives in planning their coursework, as departmental course offerings sometimes change after the website has been published and elective-qualified classes may be offered without being listed here.
GEOG 543: Qualitative Methods in Geography
Tuesday 3:30-6:30 (S. Smith)
This course comprises a critical introduction to qualitative methods in geography for graduate students and advanced undergraduates. Methods covered will include interviews, focus groups, participant observation, and some visual methodologies such as photovoice. Participatory approaches to research will be woven through the course. We will also discuss modes of analysis, coding, and writing up qualitative research for publication.
SPHG 690: Critical History of Public Health
Wednesday 2:30-5:30 (Y. Merino)
This seminar-style course critically examines the history of public health as a mechanism for understanding current issues in public health. Using critical theory, including but not limited to critical race theory (CRT), students will analyze a variety of topics through a historical lens, critiquing the institutions, power dynamics, ideologies, practices, and consequences of various public health efforts, particularly as they relate to engaging with communities. Using history as a tool to better understand root causes of health inequities, we will seek to identify strategies for modeling more equitable community engagement and public health practices.
Past Elective Courses
SPHG 482: Public Health Entrepreneurship