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Woods College of Advancing Studies


Fall 2015

ADPS 110001  Introductory Psychology
An introduction to the science of human behavior examining such areas as child development, social psychology, personality, psychological disorders, neuroscience, sensation, perception, cognition and states of consciousness, and psychotherapy.
Tues 6:15–9:15, Sept 1–Dec 15, Michael Moore

ADPS 112601  Dynamics of Success
This course traces the origin of success in family dynamics and cultural heritages. It presents three major personal orientations to success: Fear of Success, Healthy or Integrative Success and Conventional Success. We explore the effects of these Orientations to Success on individuals’ behavior in interpersonal, group, organizational and private settings. The concept of success is discussed in the broader contexts of well-being, happiness and effects in society.
Wed 6:15–9:15, Sept 2–Dec 16, Donnah Canavan

ADPS 113901  Abnormal Psychology
ADPS113901 Syllabus
How do we decide when human behavior is “abnormal” rather than “normal”? To answer this and related questions course views a variety of emotional disturbances present in our culture. Includes definition of mental illness, disorders of mood, anxiety, personality and eating, major types of disturbances, theories of psychopathology and the more severe forms of mental illness. Clinical and research data examined with respect to theory and to the most prevalent forms of treatment both traditional and nontraditional.
Wed 6:15–9:15, Sept 2–Dec 16, Susan Bradley

ADPS 115501  Health Psychology
ADPS115501 Syllabus
Today’s age is one of intense stress. Health psychology acknowledges the mutual influence of the mind and body in the environmental context. Evidence suggests that rapid technological and social change may compromise physical and mental health. This course explores the nature of these stresses and the range of psychological means available to cope with them. Special areas of inquiry include stress arising from work, family, mobility, leisure and cultural lifestyles. Emphasis is on self-assessment and informed choice of improving the quality of one’s life.
Thurs 6:15–9:15, Sept 3–Dec 17, Raymond Flannery

ADPS 116001  Psychology of Emotions
Understanding the nature of human emotions, particularly how attachments and relationships develop and dissolve, suggests a closer look at concepts such as human needs, fear, aggression, love, guilt, family influence and friendship. Course examines these and related issues in the context of various literary accounts to develop a sense of the universal and changing questions of emotional development.
Mon 6:15–9:15, Aug 31–Dec 14, Anna Nielsen

ADPS 120301 Psychology of Health and Healing
ADPS120301 Syllabus
Today’s health care increasingly interfaces with an emerging trend in alternative/complementary/integrative approaches to health and healing. As the role of mind-body interaction is studied and the impact of mind, awareness, consciousness and intention is better understood, we discover more options for health, healing and recovery. Students will explore the concepts and research underlying integrative medicine: mind-body influences; traditional and ethno medicine; diet and nutrition; structural, energetic therapies and bio-electromagnetic applications. Focus on skills to evaluate research supportive and challenging to these concepts.
Tues 6:15–9:15, Sept 1–Dec 15, Loretta Butehorn

ADPS 139001  Psychology in Law
ADPS139001 Syllabus

Understanding the relationship between law and psychology in the U.S. in integral to both disciplines. Both the law and psychology affect, and are affected by each other as well as other disciplines. The relationship has been and continues to be an evolutionary one. This course shall explore the law-psychology relationship through readings and cases. Complex issues with no easy solutions will challenge students. Just some of the topics to be covered will be jury selection and psychology, expert witnesses, eyewitnesses, and the use of scientific evidence.
Mon 6:15–9:15, Aug 31–Dec 14, Kristin Bullwinkel

ADPS 400001  Psychology & the Other: Interdisciplinary Seminar
ADPS400001 Syllabus
This course is an interdisciplinary course wherein students consider the shape of human subjectivity, experience, and identity from a variety of disciplinary, historical, clinical, and conceptual positions. Oriented around the scholarship and conversation taking place at the Psychology and the Other conference--featuring top thinkers in philosophy, theology, and psychology--this course addresses the many discourses, political imports, phenomenological markers, and philosophical heritages that underlie our understanding of and lived range in human experience. The course will emphasize socio-political and cultural dimensions of human experience, phenomenology of identity (gender, sexuality, self-other constitution), intersubjectivity and transformation/healing, intergenerational transmission of trauma, and psychological/theological/philosophical concepts of self and other relations.
Please note: Students registered for this course are required to attend the Psychology and the Other Conference ( in Harvard Square from 9am-6pm on Friday, October 9th through Sunday, October 11th (in addition to the on-campus Saturday dates).
Sat 9/19, 9a.m.-5 p.m.; Fri-Sun 10/9-10/11, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat 11/7, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., David Goodman


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