Theories in Psychology|
Fall 2014 not offered
|Certificates: Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory|
Theory is a central tool in psychology, directing empirical investigations and interpretations of human action. Psychology theory likewise has come to significantly guide social policy and personal understandings of human actions. This course introduces the practice of theory construction and appraisal. We will ask, What is a good psychological theory, what are its origins, and how should it be appraised? The theories to be considered include classic works from learning theory to psychoanalysis; mid-range theories such as dissonance, mass action, script, and role theory; and contemporary theories emerging in social psychology, cognitive psychology, emotion research, and neuroscience.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CSCT)(PSYC)(SISP)(SISP-ScieDblMjr)
Hebb, D. THE ORGANIZATION OF BEHAVIOR: A NEUROPSYCHOLOGICAL THEORY (New York, 1949).
James, Wm. PRINCIPLES OF PSYCHOLOGY (excerpts), 1890.
Hull, C. PRINCIPLES OF BEHAVIOR (excerpts), (New York, 1943).
Freud, S. (selected essays)
Benjamin, J. (contemporary object-relations theory)
Festinger, L. A THEORY OF COGNITIVE DISSONANCE (Stanford, 1957).
Sarbin, T. R. HYPNOSIS: A SOCIAL-PSYCHOLOGICAL ANALYSIS OF INFLUENCE COMMUNICATION (New York, 1972).
Tolman, E. C. PRINCIPLES OF PURPOSIVE BEHAVIORISM, in S. Koch, ed., PSYCHOLOGY: A STUDY OF A SCIENCE (new York, 1959).
Schank, R.C. and Abelson, R.P. SCRIPTS, PLANS, GOALS AND UNDERSTANDING (Hillsdale, NJ, 1977).
To be added: readings on contemporary theories.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Weekly papers, seminar presentation, final paper.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Students should have taken Psyc. 105. Additional course work in psychology is recommended.
Interested students should submit a brief, one-paragraph statement describing why they would like to take the course. Submit a statement to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than April 15.
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