PSY 103 General Introduction to Psychology

Professor: Frank Oja

CRN: 12286

Time: Mon Th 10:30 am - 11:50 am PRE 128

The course is a survey of the academic discipline of psychology. The course is organized around five main questions: How do humans (and, where relevant, animals) act? How do they know? How do they interact? How do they develop? How do they differ from one another?


PSY 115 Introduction to Social Psychology

Professor: David Lopez

CRN: 12287

Time: Mon Wed 10:30 am - 11:50 am OLIN 204

In this introduction to social psychology, we will consider how we experience ourselves and come to know others, how our attitudes and behavior are influenced by other people, and how our identities are institutionally mediated. Specific questions to be addressed include: How do we form and maintain conceptions of ourselves? How do we form and maintain impressions of others? What are the fallibilities of human reasoning in everyday life? What are the challenges we face in the pursuit of happiness? What role does physical beauty play in attraction? What factors promote conformity, compliance, and obedience? What is injustice and how do people resist injustice in their everyday lives? Under what conditions are some people likely to aid a person in distress? How are we affected by features of the physical environment that surrounds us?


PSY 204 Research Methods in Social Psychology

Professor: Tracie Stewart

CRN: 12288

Time: Tu Fri 10:30 am - 12:30 pm PRE 128

This course is a continuation of Psychology 203. Its objective is to extend to the area of methodology the skills and abilities students acquired in the fall semester and to give students hands-on experience in doing social psychological research. The primary focus is the measurement of psychological constructs, nonexperimental research designs, and the statistical analysis of correlational data. Students develop an understanding of research methods and design through reading, lectures, and conducting research. Quasi-experimental methods are emphasized. Students participate in modest projects in the areas of reliability, replication, sampling, and scaling and also design and conduct their own survey study. We discuss ethical issues relevant to each stage of the research process and work to develop students' ability to assess research reports critically.


PSY 211 Developmental Psychology: Adult Development and Aging

Professor: David Lopez

CRN: 12289

Time: Tu Th 9:00 am - 10:20 am PRE 128

This course is designed as the second part of a sequence of courses in Life-Span Developmental Psychology. We will consider issues and topics relevant to development in young adulthood, middle adulthood, and latelife. Particular emphasis will be given to how age-related changes in people's social networks, emotional and physical health, and cognitive functioning influence and shape the process of human development. Specific questions to be addressed include: What is "normal" aging? What are the myths of aging? How does the environment influence aging? Do all people forget as they get older? How does growing older influence our relationships with friends and family? Prerequisite: PSY 103 or PSY 111.


PSY 233 Exploring the Boundaries of the Self

Professor: Christie Achebe

CRN: 12290

Time: Tu Th 9:00 am - 10:20 am OLIN 303

Cross-listed: MES
How a given society conceptualizes the notion of the self has implications for the perception of agency and the attribution of responsibility in its therapeutic (helping) process. This course takes an excursion into the boundaries of the self from "Western, "non-Western, and "women's perspectives, using research findings and cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural readings. It then examines the implications of the explanatory models for counseling in a multicultural society.


PSY 241 Abnormal Psychology

Professor: Richard Gordon

CRN: 12291

Time: Mon Wed 9:00 am - 10:20 am PRE 128

The course reviews the principal forms of psychopathology, with an emphasis on clinical definition, formal diagnosis, etiology, and treatment. The system of psychiatric diagnosis offered by the DSM-IV will be utilized in defining various clinical syndromes including anxiety disorders, conversion disorders, psychophysiological disorders, antisocial and impulse disorders, schizophrenia, affective disorders, alcoholism, and eating disorders. Case descriptions will also be included in the reading. Theoretical perspectives include psychodynamic, social-learning, biological, and contemporary research on the etiology of syndromes.


PSY 250 Psychology of Women

Professor: Tracie Stewart

CRN: 12292

Time: Mon Wed 1:20 pm - 2:40 pm PRE 128

Cross-listed: Gender Studies
Gender is one of the most powerful influences on our behavior and self-identities. This course will utilize empirical findings to focus on topics relevant to the scientific understanding of women's behavior and experience: real and perceived sex differences in personality and abilities; development of sex differences; biological, psychodynamic, and social psychological theories; psychological aspects of uniquely female experiences (e.g., menstruation, childbirth, abortion); sexuality; interpersonal relationships; and women at work.


PSY 302 A MC: Psychology of Control

Professor: David Lopez

CRN: 12293

Time: Mon 1:20 pm - 4:20 pm PRE 101

For Moderated Psychology majors only. This Research Conference will explore the concept of control from a Psychological perspective. We will trace the theoretical and intellectual origins of ideas about control. Particular emphasis will be given to the relationship between control and attribution theory. We will examine different models of control, focusing mostly on Bandura's model of self-efficacy and Skinner's model of action-control. We will examine the empirical literature examining the different domains in which control influences our everyday lives. Questions to be addressed include: What is and what is not control? How do control beliefs influence behavior? Do control beliefs function similarly across different life domains? How do control beliefs develop over time? Are there individual, gender, and ethnic differences in control beliefs? How can we influence, intervene, and change our control beliefs?


PSY 302 B Controversies in Psychopathology

Professor: Richard Gordon

CRN: 12294

Time: Tu 9:00 am - 12:00 pm PRE 101

In this advanced seminar, we will review current research on psychological disorders such as panic disorder, dissociative identity disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, schizophrenia, and mood disorders. We will pay particular attention to the central debates in the recent literature, particularly the controversy about the diagnosis system, the relative importance of social and biological factors in mental disorders, and the efficacy of short-term psychological treatments as well as the role of medication. The syllabus of readings will be based on a book currently in preparation by the instructor. Prior completion or concurrent registration in PSY 241 is required, as well as a background in research methods.


PSY 335 A Developing Theory of Multicultural Counseling

Professor: Christie Achebe

CRN: 12295

Time: Th 1:20 pm - 3:20 pm OLIN 306

Cross-listed: MES
Each theory of counseling and psychotherapy derives from a unique world view. Current theories arise from and cater to clients with a predominantly individualistic and Euro-American perspective. Consequently the increased ethnocultural diversification in the American society has not been adequately taken into account. A theory of multicultural counseling has been proposed by Sue, Ivey and Pedersen which is attempting to introduce a major paradigm shift in psychology and the helping professions by not only addressing the complexity of world views inherent in the society (gender, class, ethnicity, etc.) but also by redefining conventional categories. This course will explore in depth this proposed theory of multicultural counseling by examining how it differs from contemporary theories, and its implication for counseling practice, research and training. Through a close reading of the text it will further explore how adequately it applies to both minority and mainstream groups in the society.