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Psychology in Popular Discourse: A Critical Examination
This course considers several important contemporary topics from diverse psychological perspectives. These topics–which may include issues such as personal and external influences on success; technology and relationships; addiction–will be introduced via popular books, films, or podcasts, and we will analyze them more deeply with original research articles from across multiple approaches and sub-disciplines of psychology. A central goal in this course is for students to develop and apply the skills necessary to critically evaluate psychological ideas as they exist in the broader popular culture. The course will primarily be discussion based, and the students will lead these discussions.
Format: seminar; student-facilitated discussions
Grading: no pass/fail option,
yes fifth course option
participation in class discussions, choosing relevant research articles, and three position papers
senior Psychology majors, or permission of instructor in rare cases
senior Psychology majors