Spring 2017

Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
PSYC 110-01 Animal Learning and Cognition
Instructor: Anthony Rauhut
Course Description:
In this introductory course, we examine how fundamental principles, derived from the field of animal learning, govern simple and complex human behavior. Topics such as classical and operant conditioning, stimulus control, extinction and avoidance are discussed.
1330:TF   KAUF 179
PSYC 125-01 Brain and Behavior w/Lab
Instructor: Charles Zwemer, Katherine Landis, Mary Niblock, Teresa Barber
Course Description:
This course will introduce the structure and function of the brain as it influences human behavior. The level of study will be from a molar viewpoint, and findings from such fields as neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, and endocrinology will be considered in their relation to a number of behavioral processes. In the laboratory, students will engage in hand-on activities to explore brain anatomy, behavioral analysis and brain-behavior relationships. This course is a Health Studies elective. Three hours classroom and three hours laboratory a week.
1330:W   JAMESR 1206
0830:MWF   KAUF 179
PSYC 125-02 Brain and Behavior w/Lab
Instructor: Charles Zwemer, Katherine Landis, Mary Niblock, Teresa Barber
Course Description:
This course will introduce the structure and function of the brain as it influences human behavior. The level of study will be from a molar viewpoint, and findings from such fields as neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, and endocrinology will be considered in their relation to a number of behavioral processes. In the laboratory, students will engage in hand-on activities to explore brain anatomy, behavioral analysis and brain-behavior relationships. This course is a Health Studies elective. Three hours classroom and three hours laboratory a week.
1330:R   JAMESR 1206
0830:MWF   KAUF 179
PSYC 130-01 Perception, Memory & Thought
Instructor: Nicholas Soderstrom
Course Description:
This introduction to cognitive psychology will cover such topics as: How do you recognize your grandmother? Can you do more than one thing at a time? Why can't you remember the names of people you just met? More formally, we will examine the processes of perception, attention, representation, and retrieval in children, adults, and machines.
1130:MWF   KAUF 179
PSYC 140-01 Social Psychology
Instructor: Peter Leavitt
Course Description:
In this introduction to psychological aspects of human social behavior, we discuss such topics as the relationship between attitudes and behavior, how people judge one another, interpersonal and group influence processes, and relations between individuals and groups, with strong emphasis on real-world applications. We also introduce scientific methods and formal theories for studying social behavior.
1330:MR   KAUF 179
PSYC 140-02 Social Psychology
Instructor: Peter Leavitt
Course Description:
In this introduction to psychological aspects of human social behavior, we discuss such topics as the relationship between attitudes and behavior, how people judge one another, interpersonal and group influence processes, and relations between individuals and groups, with strong emphasis on real-world applications. We also introduce scientific methods and formal theories for studying social behavior.
1500:MR   KAUF 179
PSYC 145-01 Psychology of Human Sexuality
Instructor: Michele Ford
Course Description:
This course is a study of human sexuality emphasizing psychological aspects. We will cover sexual development from childhood to adulthood, sexual orientations, biological influences, sexual attitudes and behavior, gender, sex therapy, sexual coercion and abuse, sexually transmitted diseases and sexual health, and the development of sexual relationships. The study of human sexuality is inherently interdisciplinary in nature (drawing from such varied disciplines as sociology, women's studies, biology, anthropology, history, and others). Although we will cover some material from these disciplines, we will take an explicitly social psychological perspective, focusing on individual, personal, and social aspects of sexual behaviors, attitudes and beliefs.
1030:TR   KAUF 179
PSYC 160-01 Human Development: Emerging Adulthood through Death
Instructor: Naila Smith
Course Description:
This course provides an introduction to the principles, theories, and research methods of lifespan developmental psychology from emerging adulthood (ages 18 25) through the end of life. The course focuses on how individuals develop physically, cognitively, socially, and emotionally at each stage of adult life emerging, early, middle, and late adulthood. While we will take a chronological approach to studying human development, we will also focus on integrating and reinforcing connections within and across ages and areas of development. By the end of the course, you will have gained exposure to the psychological study of human development and the ways in which gender, race, ethnicity, culture, and socioeconomic factors influence development. The course will also expose you to the role of context (e.g., marriage, work, leisure, neighborhoods) in supporting or undermining adult development and aging. Finally, we will explore the various ways knowledge gained from studying developmental processes in adulthood have been used to improve lives and inform solutions to social problems facing adults.
1500:TF   KAUF 179
PSYC 165-01 Psychopathology
Instructor: Michele Ford
Course Description:
An introduction to various psychological disorders and techniques of diagnosis and treatment. Relevant for students who anticipate careers in medicine, law, and the social or psychological services. This course is a Health Studies elective.
0900:TR   KAUF 179
PSYC 175-01 Introduction to Community Psychology
Instructor: Sharon Kingston
Course Description:
This course will provide an introduction to the field of community psychology--a field that focuses on persons-in-context and the ways that social issues, institutions, and settings impact individuals' mental health and wellbeing. In the course, we will: (a) review the historical underpinnings of community psychology; (b) examine the field's major tenets and theories, including its emphasis on understanding the role of the environment in human behavior; (c) explore the field's application to a range of clinical and social issues; and (d) emulate the field's commitment to the promotion of social change through research and action. This course is a Health Studies elective.
1030:MWF   KAUF 179
PSYC 201-01 Design of Psychological Research
Instructor: Suman Ambwani
Course Description:
Completion of both PSYC 201 and PSYC 202 fulfills the WID Requirement. Readings and laboratory exercises introduce students to bibliographic resources in psychology, rules of valid scientific inference, and techniques for conducting psychology experiments. Three hours classroom plus three hours laboratory a week. Prerequisite: any 100-level course. NOTE: Completion of both 201 and 202 fulfills the WID graduation requirement.
0900:TR   KAUF 186
1030:TR   KAUF 186
PSYC 202-01 Analysis of Psychological Data
Instructor: Megan Yost
Course Description:
Completion of both PSYC 201 and PSYC 202 fulfills the WID Requirement. In this course, one of the core requirements for the major, our focus is how to make sense of numerical information. Students learn to describe and analyze data. Three hours classroom plus three hours laboratory a week. NOTE: Completion of both 201 and 202 fulfills the WID requirement.
1330:R   KAUF 186
1330:TF   KAUF 186
PSYC 310-01 Research Methods in Animal Learning
Instructor: Anthony Rauhut
Course Description:
Permission of Instructor Required. Researchers in the field of animal learning have uncovered fundamental principles that govern the behavior of all organisms, including humans. This course examines the research methods that have assisted researchers in discovering such principles. Students conduct original experiments with animals and prepare written reports of their findings. Three hours classroom plus three hours laboratory a week. Prerequisites: 110, 201, 202 OR 125, BIOL 124 and NRSC 200.
1030:MWF   JAMESR 1206
1130:MWF   JAMESR 1206
PSYC 340-01 Research Methods in Social Psychology
Instructor: Marie Helweg-Larsen
Course Description:
We conduct empirical studies in order to become familiar with techniques for measuring attitudes and social behavior in the field and the lab, for analyzing and evaluating data, and for reporting findings and conclusions. Students gain direct experience in the process of conducting research studies by working as experimenters and data analysts. Three hours classroom plus three hours laboratory a week. Prerequisites: 140, 201 and 202.
1330:MR   KAUF 185
1500:MR   KAUF 185
PSYC 350-01 Research Methods in Cross-Cultural Psychology
Instructor: Rui Zhang
Course Description:
Each culture is unique in its understanding and beliefs regarding human nature. These differences can lead to varied perceptions of self, in-group and out-group members, time, politics, social distance and social expectations. This course is designed to support student investigation into these cultural and subcultural differences as students generate, conduct, analyze and prepare written reports of observational, survey, correlational or experimental study designs on various topics in cross-cultural psychology, stereotypes and intercultural conflict. Three hours lecture and three hours lab per week. Prerequisite: 135, 140, 145 or 150; 201 and 202.
1330:TF   KAUF 185
1500:TF   KAUF 185
PSYC 430-01 Seminar in the Science of Learning
Instructor: Nicholas Soderstrom
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0930:MWF   KAUF 187
PSYC 460-01 Immigration as a Context for Human Development
Instructor: Naila Smith
Course Description:
This advanced seminar examines how migrating to another country or being the child of an immigrant can shape human development. It will focus on how immigrants physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development might be similar or dissimilar to non-immigrants because of these different life experiences. This course will explore development at all stages of life - childhood, adolescence, emerging adulthood, and adulthood, and when appropriate, will draw on research from related disciplines (e.g., history, sociology, public health). Additionally, students will consider the ways in which immigrant status intersects with other identities and social position factors, such as gender, race/ethnicity, culture, and socioeconomic status. Finally, in this course students will learn about how social and economic policies (e.g., immigration reform) and interventions can also shape the way development unfolds across the lifespan.
1030:TR   KAUF 187
PSYC 475-01 Seminar in Community Psychology
Instructor: Sharon Kingston
Course Description:
The practice of community psychology is typically directed toward the design and evaluation of strategies aimed at facilitating empowerment, preventing psychological disorders, and promoting social justice and change. The goal is to optimize the well-being of individuals and communities with innovative and alternative interventions designed in collaboration with affected community members and with other related disciplines inside and outside of psychology. This course is an advanced seminar that focuses in depth on special topics in the field of community psychology. Topics may include substance abuse and addiction, delinquency, stress and coping, prevention vs. intervention, social support, and program consultation and evaluation. Students will develop their understanding of topical issues by reading primary and secondary sources and participating in class discussions and applied exercises. Prerequisites: 201 and 202.
1330:W   KAUF 187
PSYC 500-01 Social Psychology Across Cultures
Instructor: Michele Ford
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PSYC 500-02 Bilingual Education in the American School System
Instructor: Naila Smith
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PSYC 500-03 Cultural Appropriation
Instructor: Rui Zhang
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PSYC 500-04 Advertising for Free: The Impact and Importance of Social Media
Instructor: Peter Leavitt
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PSYC 500-05 Positive Effects of Parenting Interventions for Incarcerated Fathers
Instructor: Sharon Kingston
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PSYC 550-01 Psychology of Adopting the Dramaturgical Perspective
Instructor: Rui Zhang
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PSYC 560-01 Smoking Sitgma Research
Instructor: Marie Helweg-Larsen
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PSYC 560-02 Relationships, Context and Development
Instructor: Naila Smith
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