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Woods College of Advancing Studies


FALL 2017

ADPS 110001  Introductory Psychology
ADPS110001 Syllabus
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, Aug 29–Dec 12, Michael Moore

ADPS 112601  Dynamics of Success
ADPS112601 Syllabus
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, Aug 30–Dec 13, Donnah Canavan

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, Aug 31–Dec 14, Raymond Flannery

ADPS 116001  Psychology of Emotions
This is a hybrid course, which combines some in-person and some online class meetings. Refer to the course syllabus in Canvas and on the Woods College website for more detailed information.
ADPS116001 Syllabus
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 28–Dec 11, 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, Aug 29–Dec 12, Loretta Butehorn

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.
Sat 9/23, 11/4, and 12/16, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., David Goodman
* NOTE *  In addition to the on-campus Saturday dates of September 23, November 4, and December 16, students registered for this course are required to attend the Psychology and the Other Conference in October: Thurs-Sun 10/12-10/15

ADPS418701  Neuropsychology
ADPS418701 Syllabus
This course in the Fundamentals of Human Neuropsychology approaches the study of the human brain from two organizational perspectives: biological and behavioral.  The first third of the course covers the fundamentals (history, evolution, genetics and epigenetics, anatomy physiology, pharmacology, and methodology).  The second third covers fundamental brain systems including sensory and motor systems, which illustrate basic circuitry and neuronal computation.  The final third covers higher order cortical functions including language, cognition, social cognition, and neuropsychiatric disorders including traumatic, degenerative, and developmental disorders. Neuropsychological function is illustrated liberally with relevant case studies.  Assessment consists of three objective (not essay) exams including a comprehensive final.
Thurs 6:15–9:15, Aug 31–Dec 14, Marilee Ogren


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