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SOSC700: Social Change and Interdisciplinarity in Global Context

Explores key 21st century global changes and trends and the theories and research that help explain a rapidly expanding world. Examines the nature of social change from local to global levels and uses an applied, interdisciplinary focus to relate change-based social sciences research to contemporary issues that demand a critique of modernity and awareness of accelerating change. Themes include human rights, environmental rights, social justice, epistemology, interdisciplinarity, transdisciplinarity, and community.
Course Credits: 3.0

SOSC710: Social Science Theory and the Globalized World

Provides a critical overview of the history and development of applied social sciences within the broader context of contemporary social science. Examines theories of knowledge underlying the integration of theory and practice, the development of transdisciplinary and interdisciplinary inquiry, and the synthesis of theories of society and ecology. The overarching focus is on the developments in social theory that have responded to the complexity of the globalized world.
Course Credits: 3.0

SOSC717: Directed Study

Permits an extensive explorationof current knowledge and practice in the student's selected area of study and research. Co-designed by the student and the selected instructor to advance knowledge of specific applied social inquiry area. The topic areas of study include substantive research issues and/or methods development. The Directed Study is graded pass/fail.
Course Credits: 3.0

SOSC720: Research Paradigms in Applied Social Sciences

Focuses on pardigms underpinning conceptions of knowledge, social change, research quality, and ethical research practice as they influence the practice of systemic social inquiry. Grounds discussions of paradigms in the students' specific applied research purposes and goals, and presents an opportunity to reflect on, refine and communicate these perspectives. Enables students to understand major intellectual influences in social sciences with an emphasis on the significance of philosophical pragmatism in interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research for social benefit in a complex, global era of exponential change.
Course Credits: 3.0

SOSC730: Applied Qualitative Social Scientific Methods

Engages the student with a range of current qualitative data collection, display and analysis methods, and overviews basic quantitative methods for use in mixed mode studies. Highlights the strengths, limitations and conditions of quality for specific data collection and analysis methods in the context of particular research methodologies. Includes an exploration of software innovations that support digital data storage, display and analyses. Lastly, explores the principles of ethical research practice and guides students to incorporate ethics concerns into their research. Pre-requisites: SOSC 720.
Course Credits: 3.0

SOSC740: Applied Quantitative Social Scientific Methods

Engages the student with a range of current quantitative data collection, display and analysis methods. Covers survey research, including sampling, measurement, questionnaire construction, coding, validity and reliability assessment, data reduction, and analysis. Includes discussions of fundamentals of statistical inference and covers both inferential and non-inferential multivariate methods.
Course Credits: 3.0

SOSC790: Dissertation

Culminating project of the doctoral program. Successful completion of the candidacy exam is required before work on the dissertation may begin. The results of the research must make a distinct interdisciplinary contribution to applied scholarship in the social sciences. The dissertation should demonstrate a high degree of original work and understanding and knowledge of the topic area. Evidence of originality may be demonstrated by a combination of the following: the development of a new critical analysis of a practical issue or challenge; the development of a new theory from practice; the novel application of existing theory to a practical challenge; or the discovery of a new professional approach to practice. Pre-requisites: SOSC 700, SOSC 710, SOSC717, SOSC 720, SOSC 730, SOSC 740 and successful completion of the candidacy exam.
Course Credits: 42.0