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NURS 7103 Foundations of Science Inquiry: Philosophical, Historical & Epistemological
Credit hours: 3 per Semester
Cluster: Research Methodology,


Course Level: Doctoral

Course Type: PhD


Course Open to: PhD Students

Institution:University of Utah

Pre-requisites: Instructor permission

Course Description: This course examines how principles of scientific research and practice, including design, methods and criteria for rigor, can be traced to specific historical and philosophical concepts. Beginning in the mid 20th century, the fields of epistemology and history of science have come to regard science as a social endeavor, engaged in by communities of practice who share similar assumptions, interests and resources. This course follows form this perspective, and proposes that when a researcher is aware of and conversant in the historical, philosophical and rhetorical foundations of current topics in the conduct of scientific inquiry -- from criterion-based evaluation to politics of evidence -- the student can identify formal and informal assumptions that shape the research process, can conceptualize and conduct more coherent, internally consistent and socially responsive research, and can more effectively engage with (or challenge) the formal and informal rules of their research field.


Method of Instruction: synchronous

Delivery Platform: Internet Video Conferencing

Campus visits required: None

Course Contact: Heather Clarkson



Tuition: current NEXus tuition rate


Other considerations: PhD students only.


Available Seats by Semester for this course:


FALL 2019

Section: 02
Instructor: Kristen Cloyes, PhD
Seats: 2
Credits: 3 / Semester
Start Date: 08-19-19
End Date: 12-05-19

FALL 2020

Section: 02
Instructor: TBA
Seats: 2
Credits: 3 / Semester
Start Date: 08-24-20
End Date: 12-18-20

FALL 2021

Section: 091
Instructor: TBA
Seats: 2
Credits: 3 / Semester
Start Date: 08-23-21
End Date: 12-10-21

FALL 2022

Section: 091
Instructor: TBA
Seats: 2
Credits: 3 / Semester
Start Date: 08-22-22
End Date: 12-09-22

Funding to develop this project was provided in part by the U.S. Department of Education's Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education
and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
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