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Gwen Ottinger
BIS 498
Bothell Campus

Undergraduate Research

Individual advanced research on topics conducted under the direction of one or more instructors.

Class description

Environmental Justice Research Practicum - The course will give students already versed in the theory of environmental justice the opportunity to apply and extend their knowledge through independent research projects. As a group, we will discuss how to define a research question, how to conduct a literature review, how to conduct empirical research, how to write a research paper suitable for publication, and/or other topics that will further students' particular research projects.

Student learning goals

To apply concepts from scholarly research on environmental justice to a real-world case (examples include policy formation and community activism, among others)

To execute one or more phases of a research project (e.g. literature review, data analysis) competently and independently

To communicate research clearly to an academic or policy audience

General method of instruction

In this class, students will learn by trying things out, reflecting on activities with your peers (with the instructors guidance), and consulting one-on-one with the instructor.

Recommended preparation

Required: BIS 305 A, Autumn 2010 (Environmental Justice) OR BIS 307, Autumn 2011

Students will also be required to submit a proposal for their individual research project prior to the end of the add/drop period.

Class assignments and grading

Assignments will be tailored to each student's specific project, and determined in consultation with the instructor at the beginning of the quarter.

Successful and timely completion of the negotiated assignments.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Gwen Ottinger
Date: 04/28/2011