This seminar is for students interested in humanizing approaches to youth research. The course is an introduction to critical youth studies with a focus on theoretical tools drawn from decolonial and critical race theory, and how to devise methodological approaches that align with these theoretical approaches.
This seminar addresses the relationship between theory and methodology in the context of conducting research with youth (rather than about youth). We explore the ethics and politics of knowledge production when working with young people. Questions related to inequality, race, gender, nation, and colonialisms animate our discussions. We consider the research process from the creation of a research question, research design, methods, data analysis, knowledge sharing, and beyond. This seminar emphasizes participatory approaches, especially youth participatory action research (yPAR), and theories of change.
Each week we will analyze and discuss (in English) one reading (also in English) from the field of critical youth studies. One class will be devoted to research methods training that will help you complete your assignment for this seminar.
Perfect English is not required! Familiarity with these theoretical frameworks or experience with youth research is also not required. An ability to read and discuss academic texts in English and a willingness to engage even when you do not understand everything will produce the best results in this seminar. You should also know that while we will explore key concepts such as the social construction of race and the ongoing relevance of colonization, we will not debate the validity of these concepts. The seminar will be organized around principles of shared knowledge production and mutual accountability for sustaining a space that is conducive to collaborative analysis.
Teilnahmevoraussetzungen, notwendige Vorkenntnisse
See the seminar description below. Email me if you have questions.
You are not required to get any of the readings in advance - I will post them to the course website.