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Fall 2024 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, and Advising Chair (Lauren Leve,, 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.

ANTH 850: Engaging Ethnography. 3 credits. (Dr. Angela Stuesse).

  • Wednesdays 12:20pm – 2:50pm, Greenlaw Hall Room 526A
  • What is engaged ethnography? We often speak of engaged research, but what does it look like on the ground? How is it represented through textual narrative? And what difference does it make in the “real” world? In this seminar students “engage” these questions in an examination of ethnographies produced by politically- and community-engaged researchers, exploring how methodologies, epistemologies, and the products of research are transformed by various forms of engagement.

FOLK 790: Public Folklore. 3 credits. (Dr. Glenn Hinson).

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays 2:00pm – 3:15pm, New East Room 305
  • This graduate seminar addresses the world of public folklore, exploring theory and praxis in public sector cultural work. Focusing on the ways that cultural workers bring their understandings to broader publics, and the ways that we can both reach and convey these understandings in full collaboration with the communities being represented, this course explores broad issues of representation, cultural politics, touristic display, and anti-hegemonic/antiracist cultural programming. While so doing, it remains eminently pragmatic, drawing participants into conversation with public folklorists, inviting them to attend (and assess) public folklore events, and charting the ways that public cultural outreach translates in the 21st century. At the seminar’s close, each participant will have written a fundable proposal for a public folklore project.

PLAN 727: Community Engagement. 3 credits. (Dr. Danielle Spurlock).

  • Meeting time and place TBD
  • This course covers the conceptual foundation of public participation and community engagement, the processes and institutions involved in urban planning and design decision-making, and professional skills necessary to conceptualize and implement high quality community engagement activities. It is a hands-on, skill-building course focused project design; and inclusive presentation. In addition to completing readings selected to build theoretical knowledge, students will engage in 1) in-class exercises to expand their facilitation and engagement skills, 2) regular writing assignments to improve the quality of their professional writing; and 3) semester long projects to develop their critical analysis of real-world cases and the acquisition of crucial management skills.

Past Elective Courses

Use the links below to view the course descriptions in the course catalog for each department.

ANTH 449: Anthropology and Marxism

ANTH 674: Issues in Cultural Heritage

ANTH 850: Engaging Ethnography

ANTH 898: Seminar in Selected Topics (Topic changes each semester)

ARTS 637 (COMM 637): Social Practice & Performance Art 

COMM 668: The Ethnographic Return to Performance and Community

COMM 798: Topics in Research Methods (Topic changes each semester)

COMM 841 (FOLK 841): Performance Ethnography

ENVR 784: Community-Driven Research and Environmental Justice 

EDUC 861: Special Education Seminar: Translational and Implementation Science Research

FOLK 860 (ANTH 860): Art of Ethnography

FOLK 790: Public Folklore

GEOG 543: Qualitative Methods in Geography

GEOG 555. Cartography of the Global South

GEOG 480. Liberation Geographies: The Place, Politics, and Practice of Resistance

GEOG 803: Feminist Political Ecology

GLBL 382: Latin American Migrant Perspectives: Ethnography and Action

HBEH 710: Community Capacity, Competence, and Power

HBEH 748: Design Thinking for the Public Good

HBEH 786: Essential Methods for Evaluating Worker & Workplace Health

HIST/FOLK 670: Introduction to Oral History

LTAM 690: Seminar in Latin American Issues (Topic changes each semester)

MHCH 780: Decolonizing MCH Research: Theory and Qualitative Methods

MUSC 970: Seminar in Ethnomusicology

OCSC 890: Seminar on Special Topics in Occupational Science (Topic changes each semester)

PLAN 764/PUBA 734: Community Development and Revitalization Techniques

RELI 524: Ethnographic Approaches to Contemporary Religion

RELI 688: Observation and Interpretation of Religious Action (Ethnographic Methods for the Study of Religion)

RELI 724: Ethnographic Research Methods: Ethnography of Religion and Religious Formations

SOWO 799: Special Topics in Macro-practice (Topic changes each semester)

SPHG 720: Leading for Racial Equity: Examining Structural Issues of Race and Class

SPHG 482: Public Health Entrepreneurship