Theories in Psychology|
Fall 2020 not offered
|Course Cluster and Certificates: Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory Certificate|
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)
James, W. PRINCIPLES OF PSYCHOLOGY (excerpt)
Festinger, L. A THEORY OF COGNITIVE DISSONANCE (excerpts)
Tversky, A & Kahneman, D. RATIONAL CHOICE AND THE FRAMING OF DECISIONS
Gibson, J.J. THE ECOLOGICAL APPROACH TO VISUAL PERCEPTION
Bowlby, THE NATURE OF THE CHILD'S TIES TO HIS MOTHER
|Examinations and Assignments: |
weekly response papers; seminar presentation; final research 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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