PSYC 407
Success and Failure Fall 2024
Division III

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The theme of this psychology senior seminar will be success. We will discuss the path to personal success, including the relative importance of hard work, genetic talent, and luck; barriers to success like poverty and discrimination; the importance of parents, family, teachers, and friends; and what we really mean by success. For each topic we cover, we will read a book or watch a film, then delve deeper by reading and discussing scientific journal articles. Class meetings will be student-led discussions. Students will write three 5-7 page papers. The larger goal will be to practice useful life skills such as how to lead and participate in a meeting (i.e., a class discussion), how to write engagingly and convincingly, and how to assess an argument skeptically and discuss it using evidence.
The Class: Format: seminar; student-led discussions
Limit: 10
Expected: 10
Class#: 1693
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: participate in and lead class discussions, choose class reading assignments, and write essays
Prerequisites: senior Psychology majors or permission of instructor in rare cases
Enrollment Preferences: senior Psychology majors
Distributions: Division III

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