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Teaching Social Science and Humanities as Portable Skills: Can a New Take on Research Methods' Revive Enrollments?  (Campus Partner Event)

Week 7:  Friday, February 24, 2017, 11:00am-1:00pm
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art Paper Reception Hall
Lunch will be served, courtesy of the Tom and Carol Williams Fund
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Methods courses are often pitched toward undergraduate majors as preparation for sophisticated work that replicates the processes and conventions of scholarship in a discipline—in other words, these courses prepare students for advanced papers and projects that will cap their UO careers and perhaps transition them into graduate work. But are we under-imagining their capacity to attract students to our disciplines and broad subject areas (say, humanities or social sciences)? Do the skills of our work actually transfer well to public and professional contexts, and can we foreground the way student-led discovery and application of skills across contexts can make methods courses some of the most exciting that students take?

This faculty discussion will feature a presentation by Professor Craig Parsons on how he and his colleagues are changing the Department of Political Science's approach to research methods. And it will offer a compelling framework for faculty across disciplines to explore the place of research and research methodology in their curricula.