Courses

Students from Capital Community College and Trinity College are invited to apply to the Action Lab.

Students must be available to enroll in two 13-week Action Lab courses beginning on February 8:

  • The remote LAAL 200 Action Research Methods in Hartford (meets on Monday afternoons, from 2-4:40 pm)
  • A LAAL 201 Hartford Research Project team that will begin the semester remotely and then meet in-person at Trinity’s downtown campus at 10 Constitution Plaza starting in March, if pandemic conditions allow. (Students may opt to continue this course remotely.) LAAL 201 meets either Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday afternoons, around 2-4:40 pm, or Tuesday or Wednesday evenings, around 6:15-8:45 pm.

Both will be taught by the Action Lab Director at our downtown campus, and successful students will earn 2 Trinity credits, which is the equivalent of 6 CCC credits. Cross-referenced Action Lab courses count toward Trinity majors in Ed Studies, Human Rights, Public Policy & Law, and Urban Studies. Contact us if you have questions about the application process.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Wednesday
Courses meet LAAL 200
Methods course
(all students)
1-4pm
LAAL 201
Project Team 1
(4-5 students)
1-4pm
LAAL 201
Project Team 2
(4-5 students)
1-4pm
LAAL 201
Project Team 3
(4-5 students)
1-4pm
LAAL 201
Project Team 4
(4-5 students)
6:30-9:10

LAAL 200: Action Research Methods in Hartford

What is the role of academic research in social change? How can students and community groups collaborate effectively to co-create, implement, and use research projects to solve social problems? In this course, students will study the theories and methods of interdisciplinary action research. Emphasizing ethical collaboration, students will learn research design strategies, methods, tools, and research tools in order to work with community partners to solve pressing problems. Students will learn to use a variety of statistical, geographic, and interview data to answer questions, make recommendations, and tell stories about the issues that are most relevant to Hartford.

Enrollment limited to 20. Requires permission of instructor. Requires concurrent registration in LAAL 201. Fulfills Numerical and Symbolic Reasoning requirement at Trinity. Cross-referenced under CLIC, EDUC, HRST, PBPL, URST, and may count toward other majors on case-by-case basis.

LAAL 201: Hartford Research Project

In this project-based class, students and faculty fellows will work in teams with Hartford community partners to research social problems and develop solutions. The projects we undertake are defined by Hartford community partners. Sample projects may include: analysis of mortgage lending disparities, focus groups on civic engagement, neighborhood public history projects, and urban development case studies. Students will learn and apply project management techniques, work collaboratively with community groups to develop research questions, select appropriate methods, and communicate results with media appropriate various audiences.

Enrollment limited to 20. Requires permission of instructor. Requires concurrent registration in LAAL 200. Cross-referenced under CLIC, HRST, PBPL, URST, and may count toward other majors on case-by-case basis.

 

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