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NUS 710 Advanced Methods: Interpretive Phenomenology
Credit hours: 3 per Semester
Cluster: Research Methodology, Qualitative Research Methods


Course Level: Doctoral Advanced

Course Type: PhD


Course Open to: PhD Students

Institution:University at Buffalo

Pre-requisites: Basic Research Methods knowledge

Course Description: This is a course in interpretive phenomenology and hermeneutics as a method of advanced qualitative research. Readings from philosophers, Heidegger and Gadamer situate the methods in a philosophy of science. Introduction to steps in conducting Hiedeggerian Hermeneutic research studies including: developing research question, defining the participants, developing interview questions, transcribing the interview, analyzing the texts using team approach, and reporting study findings. Also planned are discussion of rigor and integrating critical social, feminist and postmodern theories in extending interpretations. Objectives 1. Analyze philosophical texts that provide context for hermeneutic methodologies and interpretive phenomenology. 2. Discuss relation of hermeneutic methodologies to philosophy of science. 3. Formulate appropriate research questions for hermeneutic study. 4. Demonstrate hermeneutic interviewing techniques. 5. Analyze data for interpretation of hermeneutic texts. 6. Describe how to extend hermeneutic interpretations through application of critical social theory, feminism and postmodern theories. 7. Critique the use of interpretive phenomenological research.


Method of Instruction: This course will be given in a blended format to include both synchronous and asynchronous components. Students will access course materials via UBLearns (Blackboard), and attend lecture/discussions via videoconferencing software (Polycom Desktop). Technology specs and suggestions can be found here:

Delivery Platform: Blackboard (Synchronous)

Campus visits required: None

Course Contact: Louiza Case



Tuition: NEXus Tuition


Other considerations: Synchronous course: Tuesday 1600-1850


Available Seats by Semester for this course:



Section: NUS 710
Instructor: Dr. Suzanne Dickerson
Seats: 3
Credits: 3 / Semester
Start Date: 01-28-19
End Date: 05-10-19

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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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