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CAS 560 - Theory Construction

CAS 560 examines the nature and substance of social scientific theory as it applies to understanding and explaining human communication.  This course introduces students to research paradigms, and therefore considers questions of ontology (the nature of being), epistemology (ways of knowing), axiology (the role of a theorist’s values), and methodology (the procedures for investigation).  Students will learn how to build and evaluate social scientific theories, while also learning about prominent theories in communication science.

Professor: Denise Solomon
Office: 317 Sparks Building
Email: dhs12@psu.edu 

Course Objectives

CAS 560 is intended to help students become expert in the philosophical issues surrounding theory construction and acquire the skills to build and evaluate communication theory. 

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