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This assignment is a book report/reflective paper on the book As Nature Made Him. The purpose of this assignment is to allow students to demonstrate their familiarity with course material in a more reflective and individual format. The paper should fulfill two goals: A) the paper should demonstrate that the student has read the book and include the students thoughts and reactions to the story. B) the paper should also demonstrate the students familiarity with some of the main themes, topics and research findings covered in lectures and the Shacter et. al. (2008) text, by comparing the positions of Dr. Money and Dr. Diamond on the Nature/Nurture debate. In the paper, you should discuss material from the course that support Dr. Moneys views and also Dr. Diamonds position. Note that you do not need to limit your discussion only to research on the development of sex and gender, and relevent material from the class or Schacter text can be applied. You should discuss the reseach evidence that supports or refutes the two sides of the debate and discuss your own position in light of the evidence. Paper needs to be typed, double spaced, 12 pt font, 1 inch margins, carefully proofread for spelling and grammar and at least 5 pages
Psychology 1100 1 – Introduction to Psychology
Spring 2018 syllabus
Instructor: Afshin Gharib Class: GUZ 306; T / Th 1:40 – 2:55 pm
Phone / voicemail: 257-0174 Office Hours: 27A Bertrand; T 12:30 – 1:30 pm /
email: firstname.lastname@example.org T 3:30 – 5:30 pm
Required Texts: Schacter, D., Gilbert, D & Wegner, D. (2011). Psychology 2nd edition. New York: Worth. (SGW)
Colapinto, J. (2001). As Nature Made Him. New York: Harper Perennial
Watters, E. (2010). Crazy Like Us: Globalization of the American Psyche. Free Press.
Course Description: This course is an introduction to the basic methods and concepts of psychology, focusing on theories and research findings. We will consider the historical development of this field and overview a variety of psychological approaches to understanding behavior including biological, evolutionary, developmental, cognitive, psychodynamic and social models. We will cover research findings and theoretical developments in the areas of learning and memory, personality and personality disorders, social behavior, sensation and perception, language and intelligence, and other related fields. Students will learn to think critically about how the field of psychology applies to the understanding of human diversity. Students will develop towards becoming smart consumers of psychological information and become familiar with some enduring debates in the field including issues such as the relationship between mind and body and the interaction of nature and nurture in determining mental and behavioral change.
GE / ILO Student Learning Outcomes: Introduction to Psychology fulfills the Social Sciences (SS) General Education requirement at Dominican University. As such, this course is designed to meet the following objectives:
Students will demonstrate the ability to:
1) effectively communicate an understanding of the method(s) used in psychology;
2) articulate at least three theories used to understand human behavior used in psychology;
3) recognize themselves as citizens of diverse communities.
Course Student Learning Outcomes: As an introduction to the field of psychology, this course is designed to meet the following objectives:
Students should be able to demonstrate through papers and exams:
1) comprehension of psychology as a broad field of study and the ability to identify the major subdivisions in the field as they facilitate our understanding of human behavior, cooperation and conflict in human relationships.
2) understanding of the main theories and concepts in Psychology, such as the biological perspective, the psycho-social theories, and the scientific method.
3) understanding of the development of the field of psychology, and the relationship between psychology and other approaches to understanding the human being.
4) awareness of diversity issues and topics within psychology
5) an increased understanding of the self and others, and how the self functions in an interdependent world.
Grading: grades will be based on 3 exams, 2 papers and short in class and take home assignments and quizzes.
Exams (75%): There will be three exams during the semester. Each will 1 hour long, non-cumulative (each test will cover only material since the previous test) and composed of 50 multiple choice questions. The exams will be in various formats – one will be open book and notes (no cell phones, tablets or laptops allowed) and in-class, one will be open book and notes and on-line, and one will be closed book and notes but you will be allowed an 8 1/2 X 11 double-sided “cheat sheet”. The purpose for using various testing methods is to see if one testing method is more effective than the other. Dates of the exams, the style of the exam, and the material each exam covers is provided in the class schedule below. Each exam is worth 25% of your final grade for a total of 75%.
Papers (20%): There will be two papers in this course – All papers MUST be turned in by the start of class on the date due in two forms: a hard copy MUST be turned in in class or to the psychology department (27 Bertrand) – emailed papers will not be accepted. A second electronic copy (in WORD format) MUST be turned in (by the day the assignment is due) on Moodle. This copy will be checked for plagiarism. Papers will lose 1/2 grade for each day they are late.
Paper 1: (10%) The first written assignment in this course will be a book report /reflective paper on the book As Nature Made Him. The purpose of this assignment is to allow students to demonstrate their familiarity with course material in a more reflective and individual format. The paper should fulfill two goals: A) the paper should demonstrate that the student has read the book and include the students thoughts and reactions to the story. B) The paper should also demonstrate the students familiarity with some of the main themes, topics and research findings covered in lectures and the Schacter et. al. (2008) text, by comparing the positions of Dr. Money and Dr. Diamond on the Nature / Nurture debate. In your paper, you should discuss material from the course that support Dr. Moneys views, and also discuss material from the course that supports Dr Diamonds position. Note that you do not need to limit your discussion only to research on development of sex and gender, any relevant material from the class or Schacter text can be applied. You should discuss the research evidence that supports or refutes the two sides of the debate and discuss your own position in light of the evidence. The paper will be due on March 27. Papers need to be typed, double spaced, 10 – 12 point font, 1 inch margins, carefully proofread for spelling and grammar and at least 5 pages long. This paper will be worth 10% of your final grade.
Paper 2: (10%) Your second paper assignment in this course is meant to accomplish three objectives – 1) to allow you to investigate an area of psychology of interest to you in more depth, 2) introduce you to cross cultural ideas and findings in psychology and 3) to expose you to the scientific research in the field of psychology. As psychology as a scientific field is driven by research, it is important for students to become familiar with finding and reading primary research articles. Your second paper is based on the book Crazy Like Us by Watters. That book describes four different psychological disorders – Anorexia, PTSD, Schizophrenia and Depression – in a global and cross-cultural context. For your paper, please pick any one of the four disorders described in this book, read the sections in the Schacter et al text that are relevant to get some background, and then find at least two full text (you cannot just read the abstracts) research articles that report the results of a study investigating that disorder. At least one of the two articles must be about research done on that disorder in a country other than the U.S. You can use psychinfo, sciencedirect, medline or any of the other search engines available through the library to find your articles (psychinfo is what I recommend), as well as the sources cited in the Schacter text or even in the Watters book itself. Be sure that the articles you find are research articles (as described in class), not news articles or reviews (cite all your sources).
After reading the articles, write a short (5 page minimum, typed, double spaced, 10 – 12 point font and 1 inch margins, with APA citations) paper discussing the general topic area using information from Watters and the Schacter text (that is, describe the disorder and its symptoms, what is known about its underlying causes and treatments), and summarizing and comparing the two articles, including a discussion of the role of culture in understanding and treating the disorder. This paper will be worth 10% of your final grade, due at the start of the final exam (please start on this task early, since some journal articles may take a while to find).
Homework assignments and quizzes (5%): There will be short homework assignments based on the readings in Schacter et al, as well as occasional in class quizzes that will together count for 5% of your final grade. Also as part of this 5%, students will attend the campus academic conference on April 20 and complete a brief writing assignment based on their experience. While attendance will not be graded, missed quizzes cannot be made up and homework assignments picked up or turned in late lose significant points.
Extra credit / make-up exams: Except for emergencies, I do not offer make-ups or extra credit. Please contact me as soon as possible to discuss alternatives if you know you will be absent. It is the students responsibility to make arrangements to make up missed work.
Students with disabilities: Dominican University of California is committed to equal access for all students in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Students who feel they may need accommodations based on the impact of a disability should contact the Office of Accessibility and Disability Services at 415-257-1388 or email email@example.com as soon as possible to discuss specific accommodations. Please submit the subsequent paperwork to the instructor right away.
Diversity: Dominican University of California is committed to increase diversity in all areas. Where possible, diversity will be incorporated into the content of this course. This course will attempt to support the examination and discussion of different points of view and different cultures, in all their forms.
Title IX: In accordance with Title IX, faculty who become aware of an incident of sexual violence, including harassment, rape, sexual assault, relationship violence, or stalking, are required by law to notify our Title IX Coordinator, Jennifer Hute. Student privacy is a priority for the university and will be maintained to the extent permissible by law and policy. For more information about your rights and reporting options, including confidential and anonymous reporting, please visit dominican.edu/titleix.
Academic Honesty: Cheating, fabrication of work or plagiarism is considered a violation of academic honesty. Plagiarism is the presentation of work or ideas of another person as if that work was your own. This includes the use of sentences, phrases or text taken from another source that has not been identified by quotes and acknowledged by a citation or a reference. Consequences for plagiarism, cheating or academic misconduct of any form will not be tolerated and will result in failing the assignment and referral to the Dean of Students and the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs.
Email: All students in this course should be accessible via students.dominican.edu. If you have not set up your email account, you should do so early in the semester to avoid missing important information.
Moodle: All the material on this syllabus, as well as pre-exam review questions and other course announcements will be available on Moodle as well is in class. You will also need to turn in copies of all papers in to Moodle. All students in this course should have access to Moodle and be familiar with turning in assignments through Moodle. Note that Powerpoint slides and homework assignments will NOT be posted on Moodle.
Grading criteria: As outlined in the Dominican University catalog, all course work will be graded on the following criteria: an A indicates excellent work, a B reflects better than average work, a C indicates average performance, D is reflective of below average work and an F indicates a failure to demonstrate adequate mastery of course material.
Loss of seat policy: If you are a registered student in this class whose name is on the course roster and you miss the first class and not notify me about your intent to attend by the second meeting, your seat in the course may be given to another student.
Course Evaluations: Dominican University of California is committed to an ongoing evaluation of its programs and courses through a culture of constructive dialogue and feedback. It is expected that students will complete the course evaluation either in class or outside of class. The instructor will determine time for the course evaluation to be completed. A link to the course evaluation will be sent to all the students enrolled in the class by the IT Department. The evaluation may be completed on a laptop, tablet, or mobile device. A laptop can be checked out from the library if needed.
Class Dates Readings Topics / Assignments
Jan 16 & 18 Ch.1 (SGW) / Colapinto What is psychology / Methods of inquiry
Jan 23 & 25 Ch. 1&2 (SGW) / Colapinto Approaches to psychology / History
Jan 30 & Feb 1 Ch. 3 (SGW) / Colapinto Brain and Biology of behavior
Feb 6 & 8 Ch. 11 (SGW) / Colapinto Development
Feb 13 & 15 Ch. 11 (SGW) Development
Feb 20 & 22 Ch. 7 (SGW) / Watters Learning / Feb 22 – EXAM 1 (Covers material from 1/16-2/15) – Cheat Sheet
Feb 27 & Mar 1 Ch. 7 & 6 (SGW) / Watters Learning / Memory
Mar 13 & 15 Ch. 6 (SGW) / Watters Memory
Mar 20 & 22 Ch. 14 (SGW) / Watters Psychopathology
Mar 27 Ch. 14 & 15 (SGW) Psychopathology / Paper 1 Due / Mar 29 Cesar Chavez Day No Class
Apr 3 & 5 Ch. 13 (SGW) Social Psychology / April 5 – EXAM 2 (Covers material 2/20-3/27) – On Line
Apr 10 & 12 Ch. 13 (SGW) Social Psychology
Apr 17 Ch. 13 & 12 (SGW) Social Psychology / Personality
April 19 – Scholarly & Creative Works Conference, NO CLASS
Apr 24 Ch. 12 (SGW) Personality / NO CLASS APRIL 26
May 1 Ch. 12 (SGW) Personality
May 4 (tentative) EXAM 3 (material from 4/3 – 5/1) – Open Book / Paper 2 Due
Note on the schedule of readings: The assigned chapters above are from the Schacter et al
Textbook (SGW). The Colapinto book (As Nature Made Him) should be read at your own pace
over the first 4 weeks of class. The Watters book (Crazy Like Us) should be read at your own pace by October 23.
Please note that the course schedule and other syllabus contents are subject to change.