Chicago Research Summit Schedule
Friday, October 18 • 2:55pm - 3:15pm
From Social Problems to Social Promise:Teaching Undergraduate Students at North Park University How to conduct Social Promise, Peaceology, and Better News Research

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As the founder of the epistemology of Social Promise that has a subcomponent of Peaceology, and Better News Research, I teach North Park University students in my Methods in Social Research course how to conduct research using that framework. For instance, while in the traditional Social Problems apprpach researchers ask “why is here so much violence in Chicago,” in the Social Promise tradition, we ask, “why isn’t there even more violence, in Chicago”? The findings of this new approach to questioning provide remarkable insights to the students and their audiences. Theoretical, methodological, policy, programmatic, and ethical implications are outlined.


Peter St. Jean

Chair, Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice, Chair, Criminal Justice Major, School of Professional Studies, North Park University

Friday October 18, 2019 2:55pm - 3:15pm
Johnson Center 206