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ADPS 110101  Theories of Personality
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, and attachment.
Wed 6:15–9:15, Jan 20–May 11, Donnah Canavan

ADPS 113901  Abnormal Psychology
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, Jan 20–May 11, Brian Becker

ADPS 114501  Social Psychology of Health and Illness
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.
Thurs 6:15–9:15, Jan 21-–May 12, Loretta Butehorn

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 6:15–9:15, Jan 19–May 10, Anna Nielsen

PS 120201  Violence: Crimes Without Boundaries
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.
Thurs 6:15–9:15, Jan 21–May 12, Raymond Flannery

ADPS 126101  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 19–May 10, Michael Moore

ADPS 136501  Adolescent Development
Prerequisite: ADPS1260 Developmental Psychology
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 25–May 16, Janice D’Avignon

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