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MAN 607 Philosophy and Epistemology of Scientific Inquiry

This seminar aims to introduce students to the philosophical and epistemological foundations of science and scientific inquiry, fundamental issues distinguishing positivist versus post positivist approaches to research, and the types and issues of research design Following a study of philosophy of science, epistemological issues, and alternative approaches, methodology and design (surveys, experiments, interpretive research) issues are discussed. Assignments, presentations, and term papers provide exposure to fundamental issues as well as practice in critical reading and thinking about a) scientific inquiry, b) evaluation (``goodness'') of research, and c) research methodology. The seminar provides an opportunity for thinking through and presenting well-developed thoughts about issues of science and research and learning from each other while students present and discuss the readings. Credit units: 3 ECTS Credit units: 5.

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