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Community Portraits

Through this course a student will become familiar with and develop the ability to utilize various types of community information, including Census and similar types of demographic data, agency reports and public records, maps, historical documents, and other types of qualitative and quantitative information. The student will become familiar with and learn to utilize various places and sources where information about local communities can be obtained, including: formal sources, such as libraries, the Census Bureau, other public and community agencies, and the internet; and informal sources, such as newspaper classified ads and key informants. The student will develop practical skills in actually obtaining, summarizing, interpreting and evaluation both qualitative and quantitative information about a local community. The student will be required to produce short written research papers that are based upon community information, inferences drawn from the information and the student's own unifying ideas.

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