This seminar-style course serves as an intensive introduction to psychology as an empirical science. As a group, we will read and discuss primary journal articles, focusing on the questions: What makes us human? What is it about us that make us who we are? We will explore psychological research on three possible answers to this question: symbols, culture, and morality. In our journey through possible answers to this question, we will study multiple areas of psychology, looking at brains, individuals, and groups. Individually, students will select a research question of their own choosing and work steadily on a review of the relevant psychological literature.
Logical Reasoning, Writing
Logical reasoning: Students will learn how scientific studies of human behavior are put together, and the logic that translates a basic question into an experimental design. Writing: Students will work throughout the semester on researching and writing a review of the scientific literature on a psychological question of their choosing.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (PSYC)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|SECTION 01 In-person only|
|Special Attributes: FYI|
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Course pack of contemporary and classic primary-source journal articles.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
1 short paper; 1 long paper; weekly discussion questions
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This FYI course counts as an elective towards the major. Students interested in becoming psychology majors will still need to take PSYC105: Introduction to Psychology.
|Instructor(s): Shusterman,Anna Times: .M..... 01:10PM-04:00PM; Location: JUDDB6; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 18||SR major: X||JR major: X|| || |
|Seats Available: -1||GRAD: X||SR non-major: X||JR non-major: X||SO: X||FR: 18|
|Drop/Add Enrollment Requests|
|Total Submitted Requests: 3||1st Ranked: 0||2nd Ranked: 0||3rd Ranked: 2||4th Ranked: 0||Unranked: 1|