FAA 391 Fall 2010
FAA 391: Action Research Seminar
Educating for Change: How Housing Issues Become Public Knowledge
Instructor: Abby Harmon
Office: 325 Noble Hall
Meets: Wednesdays 2-5PM, 317 Noble Hall
Plus one trip to East St. Louis as needed
(All expenses covered by ESLARP).
Credit hours: 3
This course is designed for upper-level undergraduate students who have an interest in learning how to use research to create social change. In this course, you will have the opportunity to develop diverse research skills and knowledge, and apply these to real life needs in the community. This course is embedded within ESLARP, an interdisciplinary project dedicated to improving social issues in East St. Louis and Champaign-Urbana, as well as other communities.
This semester, we will delve into housing issues in Champaign-Urbana. During the first 4-week phase of the course, students will learn about housing policy at the community level through exploration of municipal documents and reports, as well as learn about housing issues in the community. Students will also have the opportunity to share their own experiences to develop a common understanding of the role of housing in our everyday lives. This knowledge will lay the foundation from which students will embark on the project phase of the course. No prior knowledge of housing policy is necessary to take this course.
The remaining 12 weeks of the course are devoted to researching, designing, and executing a 2-part educational workshop for community groups. City governments produce many policy-related plans and reports that impact the community, but community members are often not able to access the information (anyone who has read a municipal report understands why!). In this course, we will translate these documents into workshops that communicate the information in the documents in ways that the general public can understand. These workshops are designed to promote awareness and understanding of housing issues in the community through providing community groups with visually appealing, interactive forms of communication. This style of workshop is based on a format developed by the NYC-based Center for Urban Pedagogy (http://www.anothercupdevelopment.org/). I had the opportunity to participate in a CUP-hosted workshop in 2009 and found it to be very effective in engaging and educating the public. We will be designing workshops that focus on housing issues in Champaign-Urbana and tailoring it to the community groups with which we interact.
Students' Final Project Deliverable
Schedule and Readings:
Week 1 (8/25)
Introduction to course principles and ESLARP
Week 2 (9/1)
Quercia, Roberto G., and Bates, Lisa K. “The Neglect of America’s Housing: Consequences and Policy Responses.” Millennial Housing Commission, 2002.
Baker, Dean. “Who’s Dreaming? Homeownership Among Low Income Families.” Center for Economic and Policy Research briefing paper, 2005.
Lecture: The Importance of Housing
** Homework #1 due.
Week 3 (9/8)
Hirsch, Arnold. “Containment on the home front: race and federal housing policy from the New Deal to the Cold War.” Journal of Urban History 26.2 (2000): 158-189.
Lecture: History of Federal Housing Policy
Outreach Weekend Trip to East St. Louis 9/10-9/11
Week 4 (9/15)
What Is Affordable Housing? NYC Edition. Envisioning Development Guide No. 1. Brooklyn: The Center for Urban Pedagogy, 2009. Read pages 8-23, 30-41, 117-120 (Glossary)
City of Urbana and Urbana HOME Consortium FY 2010-2014 Consolidated Plan. Read pages i- vi, 1-3
City of Champaign FY 2010-2014 Consolidated Plan. Read pages ix-xii
Lecture: Local Housing Programs
City CDBG and Home Programs by John Schneider
Week 5 (9/22)
What Is Affordable Housing? NYC Edition. Envisioning Development Guide No. 1. Brooklyn: The Center for Urban Pedagogy, 2009. Read pages 86-116
Housing Resources Scarce, Especially for Families in Need
Affordable Rental Housing Continues to be "Out of Reach" for Minimum Wage Workers
Thousands Live on Edge of Economic Despair in County
Lecture: Using the U.S. Census
** Homework #2 due
Week 6 (9/29)
Translating Data Laboratory
** Homework #3 due
Week 7 (10/6)
Continuing data translation with CDBG and HOME data
Week 8 (10/13)
**Finalized workshop materials due
First Workshop Presentation to Uni High Students, 1pm, 10/14, University High School
Week 9 (10/20)
All students will participate in Workshop #1—Date and Time TBD
Week 10 (10/27)
Assemble data from Workshop #1
**Reflection paper due
Week 11 (11/3)
Working with Regional Housing Study Data
Week 12 (11/10)
**Finalized workshop materials due
Week 13 (11/17)
Class optional; TBD
All students will participate in Workshop #2—Date and Time TBD
Week 14 (11/24)-NO CLASS FALL BREAK
Week 15 (12/1)
**Individual report sections due
Week 16 (12/8)
Wrap-up, reflection, ICES
**Report rough draft due
*** Final Report Due By Friday, December 17 at 4:30 pm***
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