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Effective: Fall 2012

Prerequisites: Prerequisite: Honors Institute participant.
Advisory: Advisory: Not open to students with credit in PSYC 34 or 34H.
Grade Type: Letter Grade, the student may select Pass/No Pass
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Non-GE Transferable: CSU
1 hour lecture. (12 hours total per quarter)

Student Learning Outcomes -
  • The student will be able to discuss topics in a subfield in psychology with the instructor and other students.
  • The student will be able to give an oral presentation explaining and critiquing empirical articles in a subfield in psychology.
Description -
A seminar in directed readings, discussions and projects in psychology. Specific topics to be determined by the instructor.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. analyze the topic in a skillful and thorough manner.
  2. discuss the topic critically with instructor and other students.
  3. explain the importance of the topic to the discipline.
  4. use new vocabulary relevant to the topic.
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Readings, discussion, and critical analysis of the various topics.
  2. Use of primary, secondary and other important monographs as appropriate.
Methods of Evaluation -
Evaluation of class participation and examinations on readings.
Representative Text(s) -
As appropriate to topic.

Disciplines -
Method of Instruction -
May include, but not limited to:
  1. Instructor presentation
  2. Student presentations
  3. Class discussions
Lab Content -
Not applicable.
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
  1. Conduct search for primary sources (empirical articles) by accessing web-based databases (e.g., PsyArticles).
  2. Meet with other group members to conduct group projects.
  3. Read research articles.
  4. Write 1-2 page reflection paper.
  5. Write 5-6 page research paper.
  6. Write critical questions based on weekly readings.