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The Doctor of the Science in law (JSD/PhD) program is the most advanced degree offered in law. The degree is equivalent to the Doctor of Philosophy degree. It is designed for students who would like to engage in research, scholarly work and that want to contribute to their legal communities in an outstanding legal way. Students who possess a Master of Law (LLM) degree or a Master of Legal Studies (MLS) degree are eligible to enroll. It is a research program and is designed to be completed in a minimum of two years. Students work with the law school and their faculty mentors during the initial semesters. Students research and investigate broad original ideas from abstract or vacant perspective to a specific scope of reality. The length of the dissertation is at least 50,000 words (excluding excitations). Defend of dissertation is required. The Doctor of Science degree Program is available in the following specialization:
DOC 8050 Introduction to Doctoral Studies (1)
The course offers students an opportunity to obtain information that clarifies the structure and assessment process for the research program. The course gives the students an introduction to doctoral study, the doctoral faculty, doctoral program support staff, and the doctoral program. The overall curriculum covers topics such as library resources, database searching strategies, and the most current tools for bibliographic referencing, along with the partnership mentor program, portfolio guidelines, and professional standards in assessment.
DOC 8060 Teaching and Training Course (3)
Teacher training course will help you acquire the skills you need if you plan to teach any subject. The course covers transferable skills such as team building, time management, presentation skills and cross-cultural awareness that will help you achieve a qualified teacher status. The course provides aspiring teachers with well guided experiences in pre-K through eighth-grade classrooms where practice and theory merge masterly.
DOC 8070 Practice/Practicum (3)
The course provides the student with the opportunity to integrate advanced skills in his or her profession and measure the importance of interpersonal communication skills with others. The aim of this course is to enable students to achieve the national competency standards for the beginning of a fruitful career. As an integral part of the curriculum the students will evaluate the ethical standards and record keeping of patient information, including the reporting of clinical information.
DOC 8080 Research Methods, Design and Analysis (4)
Using theoretical underpinnings to begin to critically review literature relevant to their field the students will opportunity to establish or advance their understanding of research through critical exploration of research language, ethics, and approaches. By examining the applications, strengths and major criticisms of methodologies drawn from both the qualitative and quantitative traditions, this course permits an understanding of the various decisions and steps involved in crafting (and executing) a research methodology and will work through the course as part of a group, interacting with other learners.
DOC 8090 Strategic planning: Team Coordination, Cooperation and Collaboration (4)
The course will improve your knowledge of strategic planning to understand what senior management is thinking and why�and increase your value to your organization. Major part of the course discusses how participants can question an existing strategy, produce a new one or decide if one is even necessary. The curriculum revolves around topics such as Current reality & creative tension, Power of vision, Backwards thinking & the Merlin factor, How to develop vision, Why creating vision is difficult, Power of vision, Discovering strategy, Critical success factors & critical success indicators.
DOC 9000 Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis I (5)
The aim of the course is to instill knowledge of the representations and reasoning methods that have been developed for Qualitative Reasoning, as well as enhancing skills particularly in designing and implementing such systems. During the course students will understand how real-world problems and social issues can be analyzed using the power and rigor of qualitative reasoning and analysis. The entire curriculum focuses on cognition and education; explaining human reasoning and developing means to support and enable this ability.
DOC 9010 Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis I (5)
This course covers the basic technological tools used in the social, physical and life sciences to analyze quantitative information with emphasis is on real world, open-ended problems that involve reading, writing, calculating, synthesizing, and clearly reporting results. The program will provide additional opportunities to deepen the analytic understanding that will function as pathways to further quantitative work. Major topics covered in the curriculum include back-of-an-envelope estimation, descriptive statistics, linear, and exponential models, spreadsheets and the wise use of internet resources.
DOC 9020 Advanced Mixed-Methods Reasoning and Analysis (5)
The course is designed to strengthen your ability to engage with others' ideas and communicate productively with them by analyzing their arguments. The course provides a review of quantitative reasoning topics, including rate, ratio, and percents; perimeter, area, volume, and the units and conversion between units for those calculations. The entire course covers topics in college-level mathematics that develop critical thinking skills, flexibility of thought, appropriate problem-solving strategies, and the ability to express ideas in mathematical language.
DOC 9030 Qualitative Reasoning and �Analysis II (5)
The focus of the course is to introduce doctoral students to the field of qualitative research and prepare them in the skills, techniques, and knowledge necessary to undertake independent research. The course provides an overview of the use of qualitative methods using a combination of practical workshops, group discussions and formal lectures. The course will deepen your knowledge of the traditions of qualitative research and specific research strategies by developing basic understanding of the history and development of qualitative research methodology.
DOC 9040 Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis II (5)
The program provides a review of quantitative reasoning topics, including rate, ratios, and percents; perimeter, area, volume, and the units and conversion between units for those calculations; the mathematics of finance. This course develops basic competence and skills in problem solving and quantitative methods applied to public policy analysis with emphasis on the art and skill of converting problem descriptions into quantitative models, and the analysis and interpretation of these models. The program is specially designed to help reduce students� mathematical anxiety and increase their confidence with mathematical applications.
DOC 9050 Research Proposal (5)
The course has been designed keeping in mind the importance of a good research project in completion of a course. As a part of the curriculum the students will create a research proposal with proper review of literature, methodology, results as well as discussion sections for their study. Depending upon their choice the students can opt to go for a topic of their interest. A thorough time is devoted to the practical as well as theoretical aspects of the topic, with special emphasis on time to time presentations of the work being done as a part of the project.
DOC 9060 Dissertation (20)
The dissertation represents an original contribution to scholarship within the discipline of subject and the result of independent investigation and research. The goal is to put one�s theoretical knowledge and research proficiency to practical test by carrying out an independent, albeit guided, project producing an original piece of research and making a significant contribution to solving a problem and expanding the knowledge base in the specific discipline.
5 research papers in students� area of specialty, 5 credits each, 5 credits research proposal and 20 credit research dissertation. The research thesis will be at least 20 pages each, single space, with at least 50 citations and 6 resource materials. The dissertation will be at least 50,000 words, single space, with 150 citations and at least 20 resource materials. Students must stay in touch with their mentors. Completion of comprehensive exam and defense of dissertation �required.
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