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Last approved: Fri, 11 Nov 2016 13:08:40 GMT

Last edit: Fri, 11 Nov 2016 13:08:36 GMT

Formerly Known As: PSY 575


Change Type
Major
PSY (Psychology)
758
018682
Dual-Level Course
Cross-listed Course
No
Special Topics in Applied Social and Community Psychology
SPTP in App Soc & Comm Psy
College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Psychology (16PSY)
Term Offering
Fall and Spring
Offered Upon Demand
Spring 2017
Previously taught as Special Topics?
No
 
Course Delivery
Face-to-Face (On Campus)

Grading Method
Graded/Audit
3
16
Contact Hours
(Per Week)
Component TypeContact Hours
Lecture3.0
Course Attribute(s)


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University Competencies

Course Is Repeatable for Credit
Yes
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12
Sarah Desmarais (Area Coordinator; Course Coordinator)
Associate Professor
Full

Open when course_delivery = campus OR course_delivery = blended OR course_delivery = flip
Enrollment ComponentPer SemesterPer SectionMultiple Sections?Comments
Lecture2020NoCourse will be taught by different faculty highlighting areas of expertise as well as contemporary theories, approaches, and/or methodologies in the fields of social and community psychology.
Open when course_delivery = distance OR course_delivery = online OR course_delivery = remote
Prerequisite: 6 credit hours in GRAD PSY
Is the course required or an elective for a Curriculum?
Yes
SIS Program CodeProgram TitleRequired or Elective?
16PSYASCDRApplied Social and Community PsychologyRequired
Exploration of advanced specialized topics in Applied Social and Community Psychology to enhance in-depth graduate training in specific applied theories and methods. Seminar content will rotate, with attention to the development and evaluation of interventions to address important problems in individuals' well-being in society, particularly those faced by underrepresented groups. Graduate standing is required.

This revision reflects two recent changes:

First, the Department has discontinued our Masters degree program.  As such we are updating the number of this course to reflect its standing as a primarily doctoral course.

Second, the Program has changed its name to Applied Social and Community Psychology, necessitating us to update the name and content description of the course.  


We consider these to be minor modifications.  As the department has moved to a PHD only model, thus removing the Masters degree in the process, this is a necessary change.  This course will serve as a key component of the doctoral training by providing students the opportunity to learn about contemporary developments in theory, methodology, and application across both community and social psychology. Different faculty members will teach the course on a rotating basis, and the content will change accordingly, providing students with the opportunity to explore different contemporary issues in the field if they choose to take the course on multiple occasions.  At a practical level this course will also provide a space for faculty to periodically teach their specialty areas without having to develop and maintain separate courses within the psychology curriculum. We anticipate the course will be taught at least once per year and have developed a rotation for the faculty. 


No

Is this a GEP Course?
GEP Categories

Humanities Open when gep_category = HUM
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Mathematical Sciences Open when gep_category = MATH
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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:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Interdisciplinary Perspectives Open when gep_category = INTERDISC
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Visual & Performing Arts Open when gep_category = VPA
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Health and Exercise Studies Open when gep_category = HES
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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
 
a. If seats are restricted, describe the restrictions being applied.
 

 
b. Is this restriction listed in the course catalog description for the course?
 

 
List all course pre-requisites, co-requisites, and restrictive statements (ex: Jr standing; Chemistry majors only). If none, state 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)
 

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.
 

 
Major topics to be covered and required readings including laboratory and studio topics.
 

 
List any required field trips, out of class activities, and/or guest speakers.
 

This course will be taught in-load by faculty within the Applied Social and Community Psychology program.

1. Help students understand concepts, theories and methodological approaches to this Special Topic area


2. Show how to apply the concepts, theories and approaches used within this Special Topic area


3. Demonstrate appropriate application of psychological ethics, research methodology and statistical analysis related to this Special Topic area.


Student Learning Outcomes

1. articulate a coherent framework for describing an area of concern or problem (at the individual, family, organizational, or community level) and link that framework to empirical and theoretical work regarding the nature of the concern/problem;


2. identify,  describe, and summarize research literature that has focused on developing and implementing interventions related to this topic area;


3. analyze, assess, and explain the research methodologies employed to evaluate this topic area,


4. evaluate the efficacy of  the interventions, describing both strengths and limitations, and


5. demonstrate and communicate ethical and professional engagement with issues surrounding the concern/problem, including articulation of ecological contexts for researcher’s work.


Evaluation MethodWeighting/Points for EachDetails
Multiple exams25%Each exam will be primarily short answer and essay questions designed to demonstrate your mastery of the use of psychological concepts, theories and methods related to course topic.
Essay20%Reflection papers (2-3 pages, double-spaced) are due by the start of class on the day the readings are under discussion. In each reflection paper, you should summarize the key points of the readings and discuss how they relate to each other and to the topics covered in the course. I do not expect you to cover every point in every assigned reading -- instead, focus on those issues that you think are critical to the topic at hand and/or of greatest interest. The reflection papers are meant to (1) provide you with practice in distilling the key points of an author's argument, (2) push you to think critically about the readings and how they relate to each other, and (3) thereby help you prepare for, contribute to, and benefit from class discussions. You are required to complete three reflection papers over the semester, distributed across three sections as indicated on the schedule of readings.
Discussion10%identifying one or two peer-reviewed journal articles reporting on some aspect of your substantive area of interest (related to course topic) that will be assigned to your classmates to read prior to the class (3%), presenting an overview of the main points covered in the readings to the class (4%), and generating discussion among your classmates (3%).
Participation15%self-motivated, regular, and thoughtful in-class verbal contributions that illustrate your mastery of the readings (scientific observations and thoughts). Grades will reflect observed evidence of advance preparation for class, in-class comments, and earnest questions
Project30%Proposals for the project must be submitted via Moodle. Proposals should consist of a paragraph identifying the topic to be discussed, the proposed outline of the paper, and the beginnings of a properly formatted reference list in APA format containing at least 10 sources. The proposal will be worth 5% of your final grade.

The final paper must be between 15-20 pages and include at least 10 references that were not assigned as readings for the class. Course readings may be used as additional references. The page limit does not include your title page and reference list, which are required. The project must follow APA 6th edition format and be submitted via Moodle.
TopicTime Devoted to Each TopicActivity
Introduction: Theory and Concepts3 weeksReadings, exam 1, essay, class discussion, participation
Empirical Foundation: Advanced theories & Empirical Research4 WeeksReadings, exam 2, essay, class discussion, participation
Methodology: Research and Ethical Considerations5 WeeksReadings, essay, class discussion, project, participation
Applications: Social change from Research4 WeeksReadings, exam 2, essay, class discussion, project, participation
mlnosbis 9/28/2016: No overlapping courses. Confirm whether or not this is the general Special Topics course for the Applied Social and Community Psychology program and that the department will set specific topics as sections for each offering like other Special Topics courses. If not, consider removing "special topics" from the title. Contact hours should be variable like credit hours.

ghodge 10/4/2016 Is this a 3 credit hour special topics course as stated in the syllabus? If it is a variable credit, letter graded, special topic course then the syllabus should reflect how the variable credit is determined.

ABGS Reviewer Comments:
-Comment for the Board- how can you pin down course outcomes and evaluation criteria when it varies with each topic and instructor?
-No issues
despain (Tue, 12 Apr 2016 18:30:08 GMT): Rollback: CIM/Syllabus changes
sldesmar (Mon, 17 Oct 2016 19:30:30 GMT): This is a Special Topics course for the Applied Social and Community Psychology program and that the department will set specific topics as sections for each offering like other Special Topics courses. Thus, "Special Topics" should be retained in the title. Updated credit hours to indicate that it is not variable, but will be 3 credit hours for each offering. Students can take the course up to four times, for a max total credits hours of 12.
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