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In this seminar, we will explore the psychological, environmental, and biological variables that shape an individual’s response to stress and/or adversity. We will discuss how factors such as personality, coping style, social network/community, gender, brain mechanisms, and genes can influence one’s ability to adapt and recover from a crisis. Students will critically examine depictions of resilience in popular literature and film, and employ empirical scientific articles from across multiple approaches and sub-disciplines of psychology to delve deeper into their analyses. Class meetings will be primarily discussion based and student-led, with the central goal of developing skills in forming and communicating evidence-based arguments.
Format: seminar; Class meetings will take place synchronously within the scheduled class period. Students will be able to attend class in-person or remotely via an online format.
Grading: no pass/fail option,
yes fifth course option
participating in and leading discussions, selection and presentation of relevant topics and readings, and three position papers (approximately 5-7 pages double-spaced)
senior Psychology majors