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Effective: Summer 2017

Prerequisites: Prerequisite: Honors Institute participant.
Advisory: Advisory: ENGL 1A; 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 psychological topics in a skillful and thorough manner.
  2. discuss psychological topics critically with the instructor and other students.
  3. conduct a search for primary sources (e.g., empirical articles).
  4. analyze and explain the importance of a particular topic to the instructor and other students.
  5. utilize critical analysis in readings of primary sources.
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Readings, discussion, and critical analysis of the various topics.
  2. Use of primary sources and other sources as deemed appropriate.
Methods of Evaluation -
Methods of Evaluation may include, but are not limited to:
  1. Class participation
  2. Student presentation
  3. Group work
  4. Papers
  5. Critical questions
  6. Examinations on readings
Representative Text(s) -
Mainly primary sources and/or other sources seen as appropriate to topic.

Disciplines -
Method of Instruction -
Methods of Instruction may include, but are 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. Writing assignments:
    1. Write 1-2 page reflection paper.
    2. Write 5-6 page research paper.
    3. Write critical questions based on weekly readings.