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Woods College of Advancing Studies



Professors: Kristin Bullwinkel, A.B. Smith, J.D. Suffolk; Loretta Butehorn, A.B. Boston College, A.M. Goddard, Ph.D. Boston University; Donnah Canavan, A.B. Emmanuel, Ph.D. Columbia; Joseph W. Chevarley, A.B. Notre Dame, M.P.A. Massachusetts, M.Ed. Hawaii; Raymond B. Flannery, Jr., A.B. Holy Cross, A.M. Boston College, Ph.D. Windsor; Michael Moore, A.B., A.M., Ph.D. Harvard; Collection Services Librarian, Anna Nielsen, A.B. Boston College, M.S., Ph.D. Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.


PS 10101  Theories of Personality
PS10101 Syllabus
New developments and increasingly sophisticated technology inform and expand our understanding of personality and individual differences. Course takes a fresh look at whether something as complex as personality can be reduced to a few basic traits. Is personality inherited or acquired? How can modern psychology reconcile individual needs with those of the community? Readings consider theories of key figures and such factors as temperament, resilience, parenting, education, gender, attachment.
Spring, Wed 6:30–9, Jan 15–May 7, Professor Canavan

PS 14501  Social Psychology of Health and Illness
PS14501 Syllabus
What happens to the personality, thinking process, value system, the mind body when sickness strikes? What is disease and how does it impact the core of who we are, what we believe and how we act? How and why do people consider their health, change health practices and accept or reject new information. Class explores how classic and contemporary theory and research in social psychology apply to how people think about health and illness and its impact on the whole person.
Spring, Tues 6:30–9, Jan 14-–May 6, Professor Butehorn

PS 15301  Research Methods
PS15301 Syllabus
This introductory course in research methodology examines issues underlying research from a theoretical and practical point of view. It explores the basic concepts and problems encountered in designing and conducting research and develops the practice of critically thinking about resources located in the research process. Focus is on the tenets of sound research practice to enable students to make reasonable judgements about research read and undertaken.
Spring, Tues 7–9:30, Jan 14–May 6, Professor Anna Nielsen

PS 18801  Statistics
PS18801 Syllabus

Introductory course in inferential statistics covering description of sample data, probability, binomial and normal distributions, random sampling, estimation, and hypothesis-testing. Illustrated by applications to behavioral sciences.
Spring, Wed 6:30–9, Jan 15–May 7, Professor Chambers

PS 20201  Violence: Crimes Without Boundaries
PS20201 Syllabus
Violence, including terrorism, is increasing in frequency and severity in homes, worksites and communities. Offices, courts, schools, healthcare settings and public areas are no longer guarantors of safety. Course examines the nature and causes of violence; presents a range of risk management strategies to reduce the potential for violent acts; and reviews ways for dealing with psychological aftermath of aggressive acts.
Spring, Thurs 6:30–9, Jan 16–May 8, Professor Flannery

PS 26003  Developmental Psychology
PS26003 Syllabus
A look at general psychological issues as they relate to the developing child. Topics within the areas of personality, social, and cognitive development are considered along with the theoretical and practical implications of studying age differences in behavior.
Spring, Tues 6:30–9, Jan 14–May 6, Professor Moore

PS 34601  Interaction and Organizational Communication
PS34601 Spring Syllabus
- Prof. Anzenberger
To thrive in constantly transforming organizations, it is important to understand the factors which influence performance and satisfaction, and the dynamics critical to interacting with and managing others effectively. Reviews the major theories of management and considers how personality, motivation, communication, perception, group dynamics, leadership style and organizational culture affect productivity and personal and professional success.
Spring, Thurs 6:30–9, Jan 16–May 8, Prof Anzenberger

PS 36502  Adolescent Development Changes & Challenges

PS36502 Syllabus
A look at the physical, emotional and social development of  adolescent years. Discusses value development and sexual identity, cultural influences: media, technology, economic uncertainty. Examines individual and interpersonal relationships (family, friends) associated with educational challenges (development lags, mild disabilities, attention deficit disorder, autism, Asperger Syndrome). Considers the impact of disrupted family organization, the role of risk, vulnerability and resilience. Explores strategies for positive responses and instructive approaches.
Spring, Mon 6:30–9, Jan 13–May 5, Professor D’Avignon

Anticipated Psychology electives 2014-2015
Psychological Trauma; Youth Violence