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Springfield, Massachusetts


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PSYC 710

Foundations and Methodology of Social Inquiry

This course broadly emphasizes the search for truth and the ways in which this search is conducted. The overall goal of this course is to provide doctoral students in counseling psychology with knowledge and ability to conceptualize and formulate research and social inquiry. The goal of this course is to provide the opportunity to reflect and deepen your understanding about foundational research concepts including epistemology, truth, identity, ethics, and validity, as well as to broaden your knowledge about research methodologies and methods. The course also aims to increase your capacity to critically examine research findings as informed consumers, and improve your skills at conceptualizing and developing your dissertation or a formal research study. You will also learn how to critically review literature, formulate research questions, to become familiar with various research orientations such as quantitative, qualitative, mixed-method and (participatory) action research, as well as engage with critical dialogues about research concepts and process

Units: 3.0