HES9265 – Community-Based Participatory Action Research

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Course content

In Community-Based Participatory Action Research (PAR), production of knowledge is carried out in partnership between community members and researchers. Representing an orientation to research rather than a research method in its own right, participatory research approaches have grown rapidly in the medical and health science in recent years. Collaborative research approaches positon researchers and communities as partners who engage jointly and equitably in the formulation, execution and utilization of research. The research venture aims to become a co-learning process and foregrounds capacity building, empowerment and power sharing. Participatory research can be carried out with groups and communities of many different kinds, including grassroots organizations, groups sharing a certain disease or infirmity example given: a patient interest group or a disability Association, groups with shared risks or vulnerabilities, geographically defined communities, minority populations (e.g. an ethnic or sexual minority community), groups with shared circumstances (e.g. an age-based group or a community of nursing home residents), groups engaging in similar work (e.g. a community of co-workers, professionals or students). Through a mix of lectures, discussions, case studies and group work, this course will aim to provide participants with knowledge about the principles of community-based participatory research, the epistemological underpinnings of such research, and the practical conduct of such research in the context of medical and health Research.

Learning outcome

Knowledge

This course will give you knowledge about

  • the characteristics and principles of community-based participatory action research,

  • the settings in which PAR may be productivly used,

  • the epistomological underpinnings of PAR,

  • methodological consideration in PAR, and

  • the development and conduct of PAR in the context of medical and health research

Skills

This course will give you the skills to

  • identify and discuss important issues that may be productively addressed through the use of PAR

  • engage With and critique astudies that uses PAR

  • use elements of PAR in your own research

  • critically discuss other (non-PAR) research in the light of rational and approaches deriving from PAR

This course will provde you with competence and skills to

  • reflect on and discuss relations between knowledge and action

  • reflect on and discuss relations between researchers and researched

  • critically assess research employing(and not employing) participatory approaches

Admission

PhD candidates and students on the Medical Student Research Programme at UiO will get first priority admission to the course. 

Applicants who are admitted to a PhD programme or the Medical Student Research Programme at UiO apply for PhD courses in medicine and health sciences in StudentWeb from 1 December to 1 February.

Applicants who are not admitted to a PhD programme or the Medical Student Research Programme at UiO must apply for a right to study in SøknadsWeb before they can apply for PhD courses in medicine and health sciences.

Applicants will be notified by email 1 - 2 weeks after the final date for registration.

Prerequisites

Formal prerequisite knowledge

Passed exam in another subject or equivalent.

Mandatory work/activity conducted in advance.

Recommended previous knowledge

Familarity with methods used in community-based/population-based research.

Overlapping courses

5 credits overlap with MEDFL5265 – Community-Based Participatory Action Research

Teaching

Program

A mix of lectures, discussions, case studies, group work and course readings.

Curriculum

Examination

Written essay.

5 credits with essay. 3 credits without essay.

Language of examination

You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

Facts about this course

Credits

5

Level

PhD

Teaching

Every spring

29 March 2017 - 31 March 2017

PROGRAM

Examination

Every spring

5 credits with essay.

3 credits without essay.

Teaching language

English

English, if English speaking participants. Otherwise, Scandinavian.