Modules for PhD students – Community-Based Participatory Research

Community-Based Participatory Research – PG6025 
2016 Recipient of the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and Learning

What is Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) and why should it be part of your/your students’ PhD journey?
Community based-participatory research focuses on the reciprocity and democratization of knowledge production between stakeholders. Students engage in community-led authentic research projects with the attendant benefits of increased societal engagement and enhanced employment prospects through the development of research skills; project management skills; an engaged orientation, and a critical and inquiring mind-set. Through engaging with community partners on real-world research issues, students are made aware of the role of research beyond the university’s walls and gain an increased sense of responsibility, civic engagement and increased motivation in supporting community partners. This module was first introduced in semester 2, 2016. UCC partnered with The Westgate Foundation in 2016 and Before 5 Family Centre in 2017. In 2018, UCC will partner with a new community group. The feedback (below) from participating students has been very positive and we are looking forward to working alongside a new group of PhD students.

Student Feedback
“This module provides a unique opportunity to engage in and experience CBPR. So often PhDs can feel isolated in their research. This engagement with UCC and the community feels ground breaking, empowering and democratic in that everyone has a contribution to make. We all have something to learn from each other – we need to stop and listen.”

“I have learned something valuable from my encounters with everyone involved in this module. The module coordinators were all pretty inspirational in their own way. The PhD group were all empathetic and engaged.”

Module Details
Target Audience: PhD Students
Credit Weighting: 5
Proposed Start Date: Semester Two 2018
Registration and further information: Contact Dr Ruth Hally – email:

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