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The Certificate in Public Scholarship requires a minimum of 15 credits of coursework that meets the following requirements/criteria.  

PUBSCH 594: Scholarship as Public Practice (2 credits, C/NC)

This short course serves as the gateway to the certificate. It introduces new Public Scholarship fellows to research conversations about the public dimensions of professional practice within and beyond the university, orients them to the resources of the graduate certificate, and provides an initial opportunity to shape the learning and professional portfolio that structures the certificate as a whole.

For Autumn 2019, Michelle Habell-Pallan and Sonnet Retman will be co-instructors for PUBSCH 594 (SLN#20835). The course is open to those who are not enrolled in the Certificate by permission of the instructors.

Meeting dates and times:

•           Friday, September 27, 1-5 pm

•           Friday, October 11, 2-5 pm

•           Friday, October 18, 2-5 pm

•           Friday, October 25, 2-5 pm

•           Friday, November 1, 2-5 pm

•           Friday, December 6, 2-5 pm

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Electives and Other Courses

Fellows need to complete 7-9 credits of elective coursework as part of the certificate program. Choices should be guided by fellows’ scholarly and professional goals, the opportunities afforded to develop interesting documentation and reflection artifacts, and consultation with portfolio advisors.

Independent study and directed research courses allow fellows to shape their own learning and reflection opportunities, in collaboration with faculty members and/or community partners. Independent studies can be constructed through the faculty members’ home department or as PUBSCH 600. Portfolio advisor’s sign-off required. Use the petition for elective coursework

UW courses (400-level and above), allied with fellows’ individual goals. The Certificate in Public Scholarship is currently sponsoring course development grants for faculty aimed at further integrating public scholarship and partnership opportunities into graduate curricular offerings. Fellows are encouraged to seek courses outside their home department. Portfolio advisor’s sign-off required. Use the petition for elective coursework

PUBSCH 595 Engaged Scholarship/Public Culture courses. The Certificate sponsors microseminars (1-3 credits) and cross-lists with departmental courses that further CPS learning objectives. Most courses allow direct enrollment. No additional paperwork is required, but discussion with your portfolio advisor is encouraged.

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PUBSCH 602: Practicum (3-5 credits).

The practicum project involves a practice-based experience shaped with and approved by fellows’ capstone advisors. Practica are scaled to fellows’ educational goals: the piloting of a community-engaged scholarly project; the development of a community-based learning course, an academic internship; or the launch of a digital form of research designed for a wider public; among many other possibilities. They may be completed individually or collaboratively.

All practica require project documentation, notably the Petition for Practica Approval and site-based agreement forms, if applicable. Additionally, all practica require assessment and a moment of public presentation designed to engage other students enrolled in the certificate program, as well as the larger audience of university and community members. Students will be encouraged to work together on collaborative projects. The 3-5 credit range for Practica is intended to reflect differences among the goals and scope of various projects and endeavors.

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PUBSCH 603: Capstone Portfolio (1 credit, C/NC)

The portfolio capstone course takes the form of an independent study with fellows’ portfolio advisors during the final quarter of the certificate. The course allows fellows to complete their learning and professional portfolios by selecting appropriate artifacts and developing a reflective statement about those artifacts that links their documented accomplishments to the learning objectives of the certificate and to their personal and professional goals. Portfolios are reviewed and approved by the fellow's portfolio advisor for purposes of completing the capstone course and the certificate.  The Curriculum and Portfolio Review Committee reviews all completed portfolios annually for program development and advising purposes.

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