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PSY (Psychology)
201
018454
Dual-Level Course
Cross-listed Course
No
Controversial Issues in Psychology
Controv Psy Issues
College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Psychology (16PSY)
Term Offering
Fall Only
Offered Upon Demand
Spring 2015
Previously taught as Special Topics?
No
 
Course Delivery
Face-to-Face (On Campus)

Grading Method
Graded with S/U option
3
16
Contact Hours
(Per Week)
Component TypeContact Hours
Lecture3.0
Course Attribute(s)
GEP (Gen Ed)

If your course includes any of the following competencies, check all that apply.
University Competencies

Course Is Repeatable for Credit
No
 
 
Samuel Pond
Associate Professor

Open when course_delivery = campus OR course_delivery = blended OR course_delivery = flip
Enrollment ComponentPer SemesterPer SectionMultiple Sections?Comments
Lecture2020Non/a
Open when course_delivery = distance OR course_delivery = online OR course_delivery = remote
Prerequisite: Freshman standing
Is the course required or an elective for a Curriculum?
No
Students will explore contemporary controversial issues within several areas of psychology (biological, human development, cognitive processes, mental health, psychological treatment, and social psychology) and encounter the diverse approaches used by psychologists and other scientists. Students will have the opportunity to refine and use their critical thinking skills as they inquire into basic psychological concepts relevant to issues they help select and will practice confronting differing opinions responsibly and respectfully to fully contribute to and gainfully receive from the university community.

Course detail added for archive building in CIM as requested by the Office of Undergraduate Courses and Curricula.


No

Is this a GEP Course?
Yes
GEP Categories
Social Sciences
Humanities Open when gep_category = HUM
Each course in the Humanities category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Mathematical Sciences Open when gep_category = MATH
Each course in the Mathematial Sciences category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Natural Sciences Open when gep_category = NATSCI
Each course in the Natural Sciences category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Social Sciences Open when gep_category = SOCSCI
Each course in the Social Sciences category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 
Students will acquire a meaningful overview of various subfields and multiple topics within the general field of psychology by exploring controversies that currently exist among psychologists.
 
 
Students compose short essays throughout the semester in which they must take positions on controversial issues after they have spent a few days discussing these issues with each other and after examining how psychologists have researched the issues. An example assignment for the social psychology unit: "Do video games lead to violence? Based on all that you have been exposed to in the past couple of days, render a judgment about whether or not video games can lead to violent behavior."
 
 
Students will acquire a foundational knowledge of the scientific method as applied within the field of psychology so that they can critically evaluate psychological phenomena observed in both lab and field settings.
 
 
Final exam essay question: What does it mean to be a “mindful learner” as defined by Langer (2000) in her article “Mindful Learning?” How does her description of “mindful learning” relate to the concepts of inquiry-based learning and critical thinking? How did Langer examine her ideas empirically?
 
 
Across various subfields of psychology (e.g., social psychology, cognitive psychology, personality theory, motivation theory), students will examine how controversial psychological issues originate from positions scientists take on fundamental philosophical questions addressed in psychology (mind-body, nature-nurture, and freewill-determinism) and then identify the potential consequences of taking these positions.
 
 
Final exam essay question: Describe one of the three fundamental philosophical questions you learned about in class this semester (i.e., mind-body, nature-nurture, and freewill-determinism) and then show how your description is applicable to and illustrated by one of any of the controversial psychology issues covered in this course over the semester. What might be the real world implications for a position someone might take on the question you've selected?
Interdisciplinary Perspectives Open when gep_category = INTERDISC
Each course in the Interdisciplinary Perspectives category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Visual & Performing Arts Open when gep_category = VPA
Each course in the Visual and Performing Arts category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Health and Exercise Studies Open when gep_category = HES
Each course in the Health and Exercise Studies category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
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Global Knowledge Open when gep_category = GLOBAL
Each course in the Global Knowledge category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to achieve objective #1 plus at least one of objectives 2, 3, and 4:
 
 

 
 

 
Please complete at least 1 of the following student objectives.
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

US Diversity Open when gep_category = USDIV
Each course in the US Diversity category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to achieve at least 2 of the following objectives:
Please complete at least 2 of the following student objectives.
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Requisites and Scheduling
100
 
a. If seats are restricted, describe the restrictions being applied.
 
Prerequisite: Freshman standing
 
b. Is this restriction listed in the course catalog description for the course?
 
Yes
 
List all course pre-requisites, co-requisites, and restrictive statements (ex: Jr standing; Chemistry majors only). If none, state none.
 
None
 
List any discipline specific background or skills that a student is expected to have prior to taking this course. If none, state none. (ex: ability to analyze historical text; prepare a lesson plan)
 
None.
Additional Information
Complete the following 3 questions or attach a syllabus that includes this information. If a 400-level or dual level course, a syllabus is required.
 
Title and author of any required text or publications.
 
See attached syllabus.
 
Major topics to be covered and required readings including laboratory and studio topics.
 
See attached syllabus.
 
List any required field trips, out of class activities, and/or guest speakers.
 
None.
N/A

See Syllabus


Student Learning Outcomes

See Syllabus


Evaluation MethodWeighting/Points for EachDetails
participation35%Prepare for activities assigned during class and/or on the on-line syllabus. Check the on-line syllabus regularly. Prepare abstracts for “Additional readings.” (at least 1 per controversial issue.) Actively participate in small & large group discussions in class.
Exam15%Take quiz covering critical thinking material.
quiz5%Take six quizzes covering material in “Taking Sides” related to each of the controversial issues.
short_res15%Compose short essays ("one-pagers") describing how you have “connected” with the various controversial issues and what positions you take on them.
forum_post15%Actively and thoughtfully participate on the class Message Board. This usually involves composing and posting short (250-300 word) comments/responses regarding controversial issues.
final15%You will be asked about topics and issues addressed throughout the semester.
TopicTime Devoted to Each TopicActivity
Introduction to Each Other, the Course & the FYI Program2 weekLecture, readings, & class discussion.
Defining & Applying Critical Thinking in Psychology3 weeksLecture, readings, & class discussion.
Controversial Biological Issues 1 weekLecture, readings, & class discussion.
Controversial Social Psychology Issues1 weekLecture, readings, & class discussion.
Controversial Research Issues in Psychology1 weekLecture, readings, & class discussion.
Controversial Human Development Issues1 weekLecture, readings, & class discussion.
Controversial Mental Health Issues1 weekLecture, readings, & class discussion.
Controversial Cognitive Processes Issues1 weekLecture, readings, & class discussion.
Group Dynamics in Critical Thinking3 weeksLecture, readings, & class discussion.
Semester in Review1 weekLecture, readings, & class discussion.
Course detail added for course archive building. Seeking administrative approval.

NOTE: This course has not been taught since the fall of 2009 or 2010. I'm not sure that it will ever be taught again as a course open only to FYC students. This course may be dropped or, if it is ever taught again, it may be redesigned to become an advanced "PSY only" Introduction to Psychology course or a type of capstone course. As it is now, it is an alternate form of PSY 200 with similar learning objectives, albeit different learning outcomes and measures given the much lower number of students that are allowed to enroll in the course.
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