Graduate Course Descriptions
*Please note that some courses listed here are not offered on a regular basis
PSYC 513 - INTRODUCTION TO QUALITATIVE AND INTERPRETIVE RESEARCH 3 Credits
This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the epistemologies underlying qualitative and interpretive research methodologies in Psychology. It also provides practical examples of methods pertinent and appropriate to such epistemologies and philosophical foundations.
PSYC 526 - PHENOMENOLOGY OF HUMAN DEVELOPMENT 3 Credits
An approach to developmental psychology that incorporates existential-phenomenological thought as well as traditional theories of development.
PSYC 535 - HISTORY OF PSYCHOLOGY 3 Credits
An overview of the major themes, thinkers and controversies in the history of psychology from Descartes to the present. Topics covered include (but are not limited to) Descartes mind/body dualism and theory of the passions; Locke and behaviorism; Leibniz, Kant and the "cognitive unconscious"; mechanism, vitalism and the history of experimental psychophysics; Wundt, introspectionism and the rise of experimentalism; phrenology and brain science; hypnosis and psychotherapy; social psychology (Le Bon, Asch and beyond); Darwin, evolution and the emotions; Galton and eugenics; psychometrics and intelligence testing.
PSYC 537 - INTRO TO PSYCHOLOGY AS A HUMAN SCIENCE 3 Credits
An introduction to the philosophical and conceptual underpinnings of human science psychology and its relevance to clinical practice. Topics include research and reflect on the similarities and differences between various perspectives within the tradition, including phenomenology, existentialism, hermeneutics, humanistic psychology, psychoanalysis and depth psychology, critical theory, feminism.
PSYC 543 - APPROACHES TO PSYCHOPATHOLOGY 3 Credits
This course is an advanced introduction to the broad field of psychopathology. Following the general structure of the DSM classifications, students can expect to learn the core clinical features of the categories of psychopathology, as well as central theoretical and empirical issues. In addition, in order to deepen the student's understanding, we discuss numerous readings from the human sciences, including psychodynamics and phenomenology.
PSYC 545 - INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOTHERAPY 3 Credits
A theoretical and practical introduction to psychotherapy stressing the meaning and structure of being therapeutically present and the fundamental dynamics of the therapeutic process. Grounded in existential phenomenology, the course draws extensively from psychoanalytic and interpersonal sources. Pre-requisite to PSYC 650/PSYC 651.
PSYC 551 - SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY 3 Credits
The course covers traditional topics like conformity, obedience, groupthink, minority influence, by-stander apathy, cognitive dissonance, prejudice, racism, aggression, pro-social behavior, emotions and interpersonal perception in historical and cultural perspective, from both natural science and a human science perspective.
PSYC 560 - PHYSIOLOGICAL PSYCHOLOGY 3 Credits
The basic theories and findings of physiological psychology. Topics include neuroanatomy, neural structure, the electro-physiology of neural activity, states of consciousness, motivation, emotion, cognition, language, psychopathology, and drug effects.
PSYC 566 - PSYCHOANALYTIC THEORY AND PRACTICE 3 Credits
An exploration of the theory and practice of psychoanalytic psychotherapy. The course focus varies from a detailed exploration of Freud's early work on hysteria, hypnosis, and suggestion, as well as his writings on dream interpretation, sexual difference, repetition, transference, and group psychology, to a more general introduction to the contemporary field as a whole, focusing on object relations theory.
PSYC 571 - INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSESSMENT 3 Credits
The two foci of this course are (1) the philosophy and practice of individualized collaborative psychological assessment - gaining access to a person's life world through collaborative exploration of his or her performance across selected tests; and (2) gaining initial familiarity with a range of tests and techniques: PAI, NEO, WAIS, WISC, TAT, drawings, and sentence completion tools. Students both take and administer these materials, conduct assessments with volunteers, complete a clinical assessment in the field, and write assessment reports.
PSYC 575 - COGNITIVE AND BEHAVIORAL PSYCHOTHERAPIES 3 Credits
This course provides an overview of cognitive and behavioral therapies in terms of both theoretical conceptualization and practical application. Of particular focus is the various theoretical stances from which these therapies can be undertaken, and their existential, interpersonal implications for both the therapist and the client.
PSYC 612 - -ADVANCED QUALITATIVE RESEARCH SEMINAR 3 Credits
Building on PSYC 513, this course emphasizes methodological and procedural matters in qualitative and interpretive research, while continuing to hold philosophical and epistemological assumptions in view. Students will be expected to develop their own research projects, and devise methods and procedures appropriate to the projects.
PSYC 617 RESEARCH PRACTICUM 1 credit
Guided by a faculty mentor, the student will actively participate in a circumscribed research project. The emphasis is on practical and applied aspects of research.
PSYC 620 - PHILOSOPHICAL PSYCHOLOGY 3 Credits
The goal of this course is to explore areas of convergence between philosophy and psychology and to elucidate the ontological assumptions underlying psychological theories. Using primary sources, the seminar discusses the importance of a particular philosopher, or a philosophical theme that is of relevance to psychology. Texts from Kierkaagard, Nietzsche, Marx, Husserl, Heidegger, DeBeauvoir, Levinas, Merleau-Ponty, Sartre, Derrida, Foucault, Irigaray, Kristeva , and others can be used, as well as a cross section of primary texts from different authors. (Repeatable).
PSYC 623 - ETHICS AND STANDARDS IN PSYCHOLOGY 3 Credits
A case study approach to the application of psychology's ethical guidelines and code of conduct. The emphasis on the integration of the student's social philosophy with professional ethics. The history, structure, and functions of professional organizations, as well as contemporary issues professional psychology are reviewed.
PSYC 624 - EXPERIMENTAL AND STATISTICAL RESEARCH METHODS 3 Credits
A review of experimental and statistical research methods, including analysis of variance, multivariate statistics, and meta-analysis. Emphasis is placed on understanding the assumptions that underlie each method, and critically evaluating published research in which these methods are employed.
PSYC 637 - EMOTION, COGNITION, & MOTIVATION 3 Credits
This course compares different approaches to the study of cognition, motivation and/or emotion, beginning with a comparison of the philosophic orientations of rationalism and irrationalism. The implications for research and clinical practice that follow from different theoretical and philosophical stances are then explored in detail.
PSYC 640 - CLINICAL FORMULATION 3 Credits
Weekly seminars and case consultations are used to further develop the trainees' skills in psycho-therapy and clinical interviewing. Levels of therapeutic listening, the therapeutic relation-ship, and diagnosis will be further explored.
PSYC 650 - CLINICAL PRACTICUM 1 Credits
Supervised clinical experience in Duquesne University's Psychology Clinic PSYC 545 Intro to Psychotherapy is a pre-requisite for this course.
PSYC 652 - PSYCHOLOGY COLLOQUIUM 0 Credits
The Colloquium is a forum for addressing specific issues that may not be covered in courses or practica but which nonetheless make a significant contribution to one's clinical skills, knowledge base, and professional identity.
PSYC 663 - ADVANCED CLINICAL THEORY AND PRACTICE 3 Credits
Seminars and case consultations with small groups of clinical trainees concerning their actual work with clients. The consultations may be organized around specific themes or specific modes of therapeutic praxis but the course usually draws extensively from both the psychodynamic and existential traditions. PSYC 640 is a pre-requisition.
PSYC 665 - SEMINAR IN CONSULTATIONS AND SUPERVISION 3 Credit
This course, which includes didactic and experiential components, will familiarize students with the fundamental issues in the theory and practice of clinical supervision, including models, the supervisory relationship, skills and techniques, evaluation, and legal and ethical issues.
PSYC 671 - ADVANCED ASSESSMENT 3 Credits
Introduction to administration and scoring of the Rorschach (Exner's Comprehensive system) as well as continuation of PSYC 571, integrating the Rorschach with other tests and techniques in order to consider the client's prognostic issues and to develop tailored interventions.
PSYC 673 - SPECIAL TOPICS IN CLINICAL PRACTICE 3 Credits
Seminars on particular clinical issues, problem area, or field of literature. When offered in summer session this course is based on group supervision of clinical cases. (Repeatable).
PSYC 674 - PSYCHOLOGY AND CULTURAL DIVERSITY 3 Credits
This course considers issues of cultural, ethnic, religious and gender differences in psychology. Those differences are investigated in a variety of psychological areas, such as personal development, social relations and clinical applications.
PSYC 675 - ECOPSYCHOLOGY 3 Credits
This course explores the interdependence of human well-being - biological, psychological, socio-cultural, and spiritual - and the well-being of rest of nature. And so too our lack of well-being. We consider how our current eco(psycho)logical peril calls for a real transformation in consciousness, culture, and relationship, key areas of psychology's expertise. And we address the relevance of ecopsychology for clinical practice, socially engaged research and action, and contemplative spirituality. The course involves textual study, lecture, conversation, and experiential activities. Open to graduate students in all disciplines. No prerequisites required.
PSYC 691 - READINGS IN PSYCHOLOGY 3 Credits
Intensive, supervised study of a particular topic in psychology not covered in one of the other courses. Permission of the chair required.
PSYC 701 - DISSERTATION - Ph.D. 1-6 Credits
The student's completed doctoral dissertation.