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SUM21 GR Courses (4.27.21b)
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Fall 2021 Courses (5.5.2021)
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Course Descriptions

Qualitative Research Design – PHE 520

Course Code Credit

PHE 520


Course Information

Presents the philosophical and theoretical bases supporting the development of alternate research paradigms in human inquiry. Essential characteristics of three major alternate paradigms (interpretivist, constructivist, and critical theory) are introduced. Validity, reliability, and related concepts are examined from the perspective of each paradigm. Alternate strategies for inquiry are presented and ethical considerations related to qualitative forms of inquiry are addressed.