The application of the scientific method of inquiry to theory and practice for the purpose of knowledge building and the development of best practice. The content of this course includes research design, quantitative and qualitative research methodologies, systematic evaluation of practice and evaluation of theory. The focus is on the development of social research and practice with individuals, groups, organizations, and communities.

This course examines the complex nature of culture and personal identity, explores populations at-risk, and encourages students to understand and appreciate diversity.  Specific knowledge of individual cultures, awareness of the patterns of oppression experienced by those cultures, and skills relevant to developing a culturally competent approach to working with diverse people groups are addressed.  

This course is designed to teach the use of data management systems as well as the design of databases for proper storage of data and meaningful retrieval of information. Modern database models and database management systems will be used.