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Graduate Course Descriptions

*Please note that some courses listed here are not offered on a regular basis

INTRODUCTION TO QUALITATIVE RESEARCH - PSYC 513   3 Credits

An introduction to qualitative research methodologies and epistemologies as applied to psychology. Includes an introduction to philosophical foundations and hands-on training in skills appropriate for carrying out qualitative research.

PHENOMENOLOGY OF HUMAN DEVELOPMENT - PSYC 526   3 Credits

An approach to developmental psychology that incorporates existential-phenomenological thought as well as traditional theories of development.

HISTORY OF PSYCHOLOGY - PSYC 535   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.

INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY AS A HUMAN SCIENCE - PSYC 537   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.

APPROACHES TO PSYCHOPATHOLOGY - PSYC 543   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.

INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOTHERAPY - PSYC 545   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

SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY PSYC 551   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.

PHYSIOLOGICAL PSYCHOLOGY - PSYC 560   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.

PSYCHOANALYTIC THEORY AND PRACTICE - PSYC 566   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.

INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSESSMENT - PSYC 571   3 Credits

The two foci of this course are (1) the philosophy and practice of individual. 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: MMPI-2, PAI, 16PF, Jackson, Myers-Briggs. WAIS III, WISC III, TAT, Bender, drawings, and sentence completion. Students both take and administer these materials, conduct assessments with volunteers, complete a clinical assessment in the field, and write assessment reports.

COGNITIVE AND BEHAVIORAL PSYCHOTHERAPIES - PSYC 575   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.

CONTEMPORARY PSYCHOLOGY I (Distinguished Speaker Workshop) - PSYC 595   1 Credit

A discussion and critique of a selected point of view in contemporary psychology, typically presented by a visiting professor.

ADVANCED QUALITATIVE RESEARCH SEMINAR I - PSYC 611   3 Credits

Two complementary portions make up this course. One provides a systematic, in-depth presentation of a single qualitative research method, including its philosophy and procedures. Students actively engage in data acquisition and analysis according to the presented method. The other portion affords students the opportunity to develop their own research projects, reporting regularly on their progress and receiving feedback from classmates and the professor.

ADVANCED QUALITATIVE RESEARCH SEMINAR II - PSYC 612   3 Credits

Two complementary portions make up this course. One provides a systematic, in-depth presentation of a single qualitative research method, including its philosophy and procedures. Students actively engage in data acquisition and analysis according to the presented method. The other portion affords students the opportunity to develop their own research projects, reporting regularly on their progress and receiving feedback from classmates and the professor.

SPECIAL TOPICS IN QUALITATIVE RESEARCH - PSYC 614   3 credits

A course dedicated to one qualitative research method, or a course directly related to qualitative research, such as philosophy of science or interpretive psychology.

INDEPENDENT STUDY IN QUALITATIVE RESEARCH - PSYC 615   1-3 credits

A course in which the student will, with a faculty member's advisement, propose and complete a qualitative research project of his/her own choosing (other than the dissertation).

QUALITATIVE RESEARCH GROUP - PSYC 616   1-3 Credits

Students participate in a faculty member's ongoing research.

PHILOSOPHICAL PSYCHOLOGY - PSYC 620   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)

ETHICS AND STANDARDS IN PSYCHOLOGY - PSYC 623   2 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.

EXPERIMENTAL AND STATISTICAL RESEARCH METHODS - PSYC 624   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.

EMOTION, COGNITION, & MOTIVATION - PSYC 637   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.

CLINICAL FORMULATION - PSYC 640   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.

CLINIC PRACTICUM - PSYC 650   0 Credits

Supervised clinical experience in Duquesne University's Psychology Clinic PSYC 545 Intro to Psychotherapy is a pre-requisite for this course.

FIELD PRACTICUM - PSYC 651   0 Credits

Supervised clinical experience in a local mental health facility. Psyc 545 Intro to Psychotherapy is a pre-requisite for this course.

PSYCHOLOGY COLLOQUIUM - PSYC 652   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.

ADVANCED CLINICAL THEORY AND PRACTICE - PSYC 663   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.

ADVANCED ASSESSMENT - PSYC 671   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.

SPECIAL TOPICS IN CLINICAL PRACTICE - PSYC 673   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)

PSYCHOLOGY AND CULTURAL DIVERSITY - PSYC 674   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.

READINGS IN PSYCHOLOGY - PSYC 691   3 Credits

Intensive, supervised study of a particular topic in psychology not covered in one of the other courses. Permission of the chair required.

DISSERTATION - Ph.D. - PSYC 701   1-6 Credits

The student's completed doctoral dissertation.