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Woods College of Advancing Studies

Psychology

SPRING 2015


ADPS 110101  Theories of Personality
ADPS110101 Syllabus
New developments and increasingly sophisticated technology inform and expand our understanding of personality and individual differences. This 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.
Wed 6:15–9:15, Jan 14–May 6, Donnah Canavan

ADPS 111901  Preventing Youth Violence
ADPS111901 Syllabus
Violence by our young people has become a national public health epidemic. Youthful assailants have moved from misdemeanors to major crimes of homicide, rape, robbery and assault. When violence occurs, the community asks why were there no warning signs of impending trouble and what can be done to prevent such problems in the future? This course examines the warning signs, which are usually many and protracted; it looks at related theories of development, attachment and adjustment and then explores active strategies parents, teachers, counselors, law enforcement and others interested in young people can implement to prevent these violent outbursts.
Thurs 6:15–9:15, Jan 15–May 7, Raymond Flannery

ADPS 115301  Research Methods for the Social Sciences
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 judgments about research read and undertaken.
Tues 7–9:30, Jan 13–May 5,  Anna Nielsen

ADPS 124601  Contemporary Perspectives on Family
ADPS124601 Syllabus
A look at the family as a dynamic system; what constitutes a family; what are family values; how does diversity impact family formation. The course examines the individual’s experience in her/his family of origin, patterns of interaction and development, and the influence of economics, education, technology and culture on families.
Thurs 6:15–9:15, Jan 15–May 7, Loretta Butehorn

ADPS 126001  Developmental Psychology
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.
Tues 6:15–9:15, Jan 13–May 5, Michael Moore

ADPS 136501  Adolescent Development                                
Prerequisite: ADPS1260 Developmental Psychology
ADPS136501 Syllabus
This course explores the physical, cognitive, social, and emotional changes that occur during adolescence. The role of family, peers, and school will be addressed. The course will also examine employment and career development and growth during the college years. Attention will be given to cohort effects and to the role of gender, socioeconomic status, and ethnic background.
Mon 6:15–9:15, Jan 12–May 11, Janice D’Avignon



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