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Duquesne University (Pittsburgh, PA 15282-0001)
Mary R. Chisom (Project Director: July 1970 to present)
Rolf Von Eckartsberg (Co Project Director: July 1970 to June 1971)

An Experimental Program in Experiento-Ecologic Sociology

Development of an MA program in Experiento-Ecologic Sociology ABSTRACT: Development of an MA program in Experiento-Ecologic Sociology, in which the student studies on an on-going community as a participant rather than as a non-involved observer. Recognizes that the community is always in the process of change and involves the student in that change through community service. Students work in a 15-block area of Pittsburgh adjacent to Duquesne University; spend 15 hours a week in the neighborhood learning to know families and institutions (church school, factories, businesses) located there. At same time, students take courses in group dynamics, field research methods, social psychology, and human ecology. Approach combines existential philosophy and psychology with sociology. Method based on premise that reality can only be perceived and analyzed through personal experience of the situation. Based on the assumption that social reality rests on the actions and experiences of the individual, hence the stress on psychology. Views society from an ecological perspective as an inter-related, constantly evolving system. Funds for salaries (part salary for P.I.'s and faculty; full time for graduate student during summer and 4 graduate assistants); travel and per diem for professional meetings in DC; indirect costs

Project fields:

Institutional Planning and Development

Education Programs

Total amounts:
$25,000 (approved)
$25,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/1970 – 6/30/1971