PSYCH 401 - Special Problems in Psychology as a Social Science
Section: 013 Qualitative Research Methods: Doing Psychology as a Human Science
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Psychology (PSYCH)
Department: LSA Psychology
Credits:
3
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Cost:
<50
Enforced Prerequisites:
One of the following: PSYCH 111, 112, 114, or 115.
Other Course Info:
Only 6 credits of PSYCH 400, 401, 402 combined may be counted toward a concentration plan in Psychology, and a maximum of 12 credits may be counted toward graduation.
Repeatability:
May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:

This course provides students an opportunity to conduct their own qualitative research in psychology, a type of research that attempts to capture the full complexities of human experience such as culture, values, and beliefs in a way that goes beyond numbers. Qualitative research uses open-ended data (e.g., open-ended questions, interviews, journaling) to gain a more complete understanding of human lived experience. These methods are often used to generate new hypotheses or theories to be tested with numerical (quantitative) approaches.

This course will provide students with a chance to participate hands-on in ongoing social science research in the University of Michigan Department of Psychology, and will guide students through the steps of producing a publication quality scientific paper. Students will learn different qualitative approaches in psychology (e.g., feminist methods, Indigenous methods, postmodern approaches).

Gaining basic experience conducting qualitative research will provide students with valuable skills that are highly applicable to future involvement in research, and will help develop scientific ways of thinking important in many job contexts both within and outside of science. In addition, students will get to conduct research as part of a team and participate in all steps of producing a scientific paper.

Course Requirements:

Students in this course will be guided in completing a research project as part of a research team made up of their classmates, with the instructor acting in the role of advisor and team lead. Students will be closely guided in completing each step of the analysis. Each week students will read articles or book chapters on qualitative research approaches, which will be discussed during class. At the end of the term, students will complete a paper on qualitative approaches to psychology. Students will also be graded on their efforts on the research project.

PSYCH 401 - Special Problems in Psychology as a Social Science
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
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26069
Open
30
20PSYCH Majors
3COGNITIVE SCIENCE MAJORS
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MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
002 (SEM)
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23434
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15
 
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TBA
Note: Psych 401-002 is only for students concurrently enrolled in Psych 457-002 who will be travelling to China.
003 (SEM)
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23435
Open
30
25PSYCH Majors
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MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
004 (SEM)
P
24764
Open
45
40PSYCH Majors
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MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
005 (SEM)
P
26077
Open
24
20PSYCH Majors
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TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
006 (SEM)
P
32299
Open
30
20PSYCH Majors
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TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
007 (SEM)
P
32300
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60
50PSYCH Majors
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TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
009 (SEM)
P
32498
Open
25
 
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MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
011 (SEM)
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32301
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18
18PSYCH Majors
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MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
012 (SEM)
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26120
Open
18
18LSA BBCS, BCN OR PSYCH MAJ
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TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
013 (SEM)
P
32302
Open
18
18PSYCH Majors
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TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
014 (SEM)
P
32303
Open
18
18PSYCH Majors
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MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
015 (SEM)
P
26121
Open
18
18PSYCH Majors
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MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
016 (SEM)
P
32304
Open
18
18PSYCH Majors
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MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
017 (SEM)
P
32305
Open
18
18PSYCH Majors
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TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
018 (SEM)
P
32306
Open
18
18LSA BBCS, BCN OR PSYCH MAJ
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TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
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