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Psychology

Introduction to Psychology
Psychology 100 Hayes, O’Dwyer
3 credits
A survey of the rich and varied determinants of human behavior, this course examines the biological bases of behavior; the origins of perception, thought, emotion, and language; the components of learning and how people develop over the life span; and the formation of personality, psychological disorders, and forms of psychotherapy. It examines human beings as individuals and within the context of society. No prerequisites.
This course is generally offered every semester.
Introduction to Cognitive Psychology
Psychology 201 Staff
3 credits
This course offers a survey of the major topics of cognition: Perception, learning, memory, problem-solving, reasoning, and language. The course will also show how the major findings in these areas of cognition are obtained by research methods of experimental psychology, supplemented by methods of computer science and neuroscience. Prerequisite: Psychology 100 or permission of the instructor.
This course is generally offered once every two years. Last taught F08.
Developmental Psychology
Psychology 202 Staff
3 credits
This course covers the major issues in human development from the prenatal stage to adolescence, introducing the concepts of behavioral, psychoanalytic, and Piagetian developmental theory. Topics include genetic and prenatal influences, early parent/child interaction, cultural differences in child-rearing, the acquisition of language, cognitive and moral development, sex-role development, and social/cultural conditions affecting development. Prerequisite: Psychology 100.
This course is generally offered once a year.
Social Psychology
Psychology 203 Hayes
3 credits
Each individual is embedded in a variety of social contexts. This course focuses on the ways in which interactions between people in groups produce change and on how these interchanges affect the individuals involved. Topics include conformity to authority, social influence and persuasion, interpersonal attraction, attitude formation and change, and cooperation and competition. Major research strategies in social psychology are also introduced. Prerequisite: Psychology 100 or permission of the instructor.
This course is generally offered once a year.
Theories of Personality
Psychology 206 Staff
3 credits
History is replete with theories about how the human infant develops adult psychological function. These theories have focused on a range of contributing factors, from inborn biological states or drives to environmental events. This course examines the major theories of personality developed by Erikson, Freud, Jung, Rogers, and Sullivan, as well as more recent theorists in self-psychology and object relations. Readings include both a text and primary sources. Prerequisite: Psychology 100 or permission of the instructor.
This course is generally offered once every two years. Last taught F09.
Human Sexuality
Psychology 209 Brush
3 credits
This course covers a wide range of topics in human sexuality, beginning with sexual anatomy, physiology, and basic functioning and including gender differentiation and gender roles; menstruation and premenstrual syndrome (PMS); pregnancy and birth; contraception; resolving unwanted pregnancy; sexual attraction and sexual fantasies; sexual dysfunctions, diseases, and disabilities; sexual preference; coercive sexuality; violent pornography; atypical sexual behaviors; and loving sexual interaction. The materials presented in lectures, films, slides, and the texts are quite explicit, and students anticipating discomfort should consult the instructor before registering for the course. Prerequisite: Psychology 100 or permission of the instructor.
This course is generally offered once every two years. Last taught S10.
Multicultural Psychology
Psychology 215/315 CP Hayes
4 credits
How does one develop a racial identity? What do different cultures think about attractiveness, gender, and love? How do different cultures interact in the workplace? What does religion have to do with multiculturalism? These questions, and others like them, will be addressed in this course. Multicultural Psychology is the systematic study of how groups values, beliefs, and practices relate to the way they think and feel. Readings, discussion, and films will be used to illuminate various topics in the field. Overall objectives of this course are for students to learn to appraise and criticize relevant psychological theories while also developing the ability to discover multicultural psychology in daily life. Prerequisites: Sophomore Seminar, PSYC 100, and a 200-level course in psychology, or permission of instructor.
This course is generally offered once every two years. Last taught F11
Political Psychology
Psychology 217 CP O'Dwyer
3 credits
Political psychology is the application of psychological theories and research to people’s political behavior and their responses to political events, broadly defined; it is the field of inquiry at the intersection of politics and psychology. The goal of this course is to introduce students to the key questions, topics, issues and perspectives, as well as the main traditions or “eras” within the field. Topics will include: public opinion; the Authoritarian Personality; models of “Presidential Character”; political polls and voting behavior; social influence in the political realm (especially from the media); the nature and impact of prejudice in the political realm; and the politics of group processes (e.g., the politics of threat). Of course, an addition goal of this course is that students examine if and how these theories, research findings, and ideas apply to their own political experiences as well as current political events. Prerequisites are PSYC 100 and one or more Politics course or permission of the instructor.
This course is generally offered once every four years. Last taught F12.
Psychology of Women
Psychology 218 CP Hayes
3 credits
Are women’s ways of viewing themselves, others, and the world around them, as well as their ways of interacting with others, different from men’s? This course aims to explore this question by introducing students to the major theorists in the area of women’s psychology. Additional readings will also encourage students to examine the implications of these theories for understanding women’s experiences in a variety of contexts, including: Across the stages of development (childhood, adolescence and adulthood); in education (e.g., differential classroom experiences); as applied to views on mental health and mental illness (e.g., “hysteria” and depression); women as subjects of and participants in scientific research (e.g., is there a “feminist” methodology?), and in interaction with race, ethnicity and culture.
This course is offered when there is sufficient student interest. Last taught S11.
Stereotyping and Prejudice
Psychology 221/321 Hayes
3/4 credits
Is stereotyping inevitable? Does prejudice always lead to discrimination? What is dehumanization? This course will highlight the distinct differences yet interrelations between stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination. Topics to be addressed include the functions/goals served by stereotypes and prejudice (i.e., to make yourself feel better). Also discussed will be stigma, the various types of –isms (i.e., modern racism), and individual differences (i.e., personality influences). Cross-cultural perspectives will be explored. Popular culture, current events, and scholarly articles will be used to demonstrate the numerous concepts we will cover.
This course is generally offered once every two years. Last taught S12.
Psychodynamic Theories for Clinical Social Work
Psychology 226 McLaughlin
3 credits
This course will introduce, compare, and critique psychodynamic principles of psychological development and their utility in clinical social work practice. Students will learn and compare the theoretical concepts of drive theory, ego psychology, object relations, self psychology, and interpersonal theory. This course will explore points of agreement and disagreement throughout the evolution of psychoanalytic theories by tracing the history of contemporary psychoanalytic thought from Freud to the many forms of clinical practice that exist today. Students will consider the complexities of race, class, gender, culture, and other forms of diversity as we discuss views about normality and pathology, development and dysfunction. We examine theories for particular sets of values and the sociocultural contexts in which they developed. Students will apply contemporary analytic theories to current case examples and use psychodynamic frameworks to illuminate clinical phenomenon, infusing psychoanalytic ideas into current psychotherapeutic approaches, and connecting theoretical formulation to treatment. Taught from an historical perspective, the course begins with classic psychoanalytic theory. As we go through each theoretical tradition, we will use current clinical illustrations from a range of practice settings. Students will be introduced to the work of many theorists since Freud, including Ferenczi, Balint, Mahler, Sullivan, Klein, Fairbairn, Winnicott, Erikson, Kohut, Kernberg, Schafer, Lacan, and Loewald. While we explore the internal, psychological forces that inform people’s behavior, students will be encouraged to consider that no theory of development can fully explicate the complexity of human behavior without considering the impact of outside forces and how people function in their social, cultural, and economic contexts. Prerequisites: Psychology 100 and permission of the instructor.
This course is generally offered once every two years. Last taught F11.
Abnormal Psychology
Psychology 302 Brush
4 credits
This course systematically reviews and discusses the principal forms of psychopathology, with an emphasis on empirical research. The DSM IIIR is the focus for classification and definition of the clinical syndromes. Readings include a text, case study book, and original sources. The course is a seminar and students contribute formal presentations. Prerequisite: Psychology 100; Psychology 206 advised.
This course is generally offered once every two years. Last taught S12.
Conflict and Conflict Resolution
Psychology 306 O’Dwyer
4 credits
Conflicts are inevitable aspects of life; however, the nature, course, and outcome of conflicts depend on situational, cultural, relational, and personality variables. In this course we examine many of these factors—focusing particularly on those that predict when conflicts will emerge, when and why a conflict may escalate or not, and successful negotiation or other resolution. The goal of the course is to integrate readings, discussions, role plays, and other exercises to form a broader understanding of conflict. There are two main goals in this course. The first is that students will become familiar with the literature and research on conflict and negotiation. The second goal, which is more hands-on, is that students acquire greater skills for negotiation and mediation. Prerequisite: At least two 200-level social studies courses or Psychology 203.
This course is generally offered once every two years. Last taught F09.
Psychological Theories of Self
Psychology 307 O’Dwyer
4 credits
This course reviews the major psychological theories of self. The format is discussion-oriented, thus it is assumed that students come with some familiarity of general theories and concepts from personality and/or social psychology so that we can engage in close readings of both classic and “newer” psychological texts on the self. We begin with a brief review of philosophical discourses on the self, and then we discuss in depth the different theoretical and empirical orientations in psychology. Topics include (but are not limited to): Psychoanalytic and neopsychoanalytic theories of self; comparing the “self” vs. the “ego;” self vs. identity; cognitive and behaviorist theories of self-experience; self-esteem and narcissism; and self-related disorders. Theorists will include: Baumeister, Freud, Gergen, Horney, James, Judith Jordan, Mahler, Markus and Kitayama, and Alice Miller, among others. Prerequisites: Psychology 203 or 206.This course is offered when there is sufficient student interest.
Last taught S09.
Principles of Clinical Psychology
Psychology 310 Brush
4 credits
This course is designed for students considering advanced study and careers in mental health professions. It provides an overview of the field of clinical psychology focusing on issues relevant to research into and treatment of the psychological disorders. In particular, it covers ethical, conceptual, and methodological issues facing psychologists regarding assessment, diagnosis, forms of psychotherapy, and evaluation of psychological interventions. It stresses both the empirical foundation of clinical psychology, such as research in therapy efficacy studies, and practical experience in interviewing and testing. Additionally it addresses specific concerns and controversies facing psychologists today, including prescription privileges for psychologists, research into recovered memories, ethics and utility of personality and intelligence measurement, and suicide and sexual reorientation interventions. Prerequisite: 206, 302, or permission of the instructor.
This course is offered when there is sufficient student interest. Last taught S09.
Psychology Tutorial
Psychology 300/400 Staff
4 credits
Under these course numbers, juniors and seniors design tutorials to meet their particular interests and programmatic needs. A student should see the prospective tutor to define an area of mutual interest to pursue either individually or in a small group. A student may register for no more than one tutorial in any semester. Recent tutorials have included: Psychopharmacology, Psychology of Language, and Forensic Psychology.