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Woods College of Advancing Studies

Psychology

FALL 2016

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, Aug 30–Dec 13, 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, Aug 31–Dec 14, Donnah Canavan

ADPS 112901  Psychological Trauma  
All of us learned on 9/11 about the impact of psychological trauma in the aftermath of terrorists events. Similarly, combat, physical and sexual abuse, family violence, family alcoholism, family breakup, sudden major illness, and other stressful life events may also result in psychological trauma. If left untreated, this acute state of psychological disorganization can evolve into a lifetime pattern of constricted behavior and social isolation known as Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). This course focuses on the causes and treatments of such traumatic states. Empirical research as well as clinical data are presented.
Thurs 6:15–9:15, Sept 1–Dec 15, 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 29–Dec 12, Anna Nielsen

ADPS 121801  Social Psychology: Behavioral Influence and Addictive Processes
Addiction touches so many but is understood by few. This course explores the physiological and psychological processes of addiction as well as the biochemical processes which underlie compulsive and repetitive behavior. It examines problematic behavior; gambling, shopping, overspending, sexual addictions, eating disorders and internet addiction. A look at the various forms of addiction within social behavior constructs details how individual’s thoughts, feelings and behaviors are influenced by actual, imagined and implied presence of others and how these characteristics influence the addiction process.
Tues 6:15–9:15, Aug 30–Dec 13, Loretta Butehorn

ADPS 139001  Psychology in Law  
Understanding the relationship between law and psychology in the U.S. is 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 29–Dec 12, Kristin Bullwinkel

ADPS 420001  Psychology and Politics
This is a hybrid course, which combines some in-person and some online class meetings. Please refer to the course syllabus on the Course Information and Schedule page in AGORA and on the Woods College website for more detailed information.
This course examines the ubiquitous presence of power and politics in the context of human relationships and society.  Students will emerge from this course with greater knowledge about and curiosity concerning the social, economic, political, cultural and psychological processes that shape definitions of the self and identity and that contribute to the formation of subjectivities and behaviors within given governing systems, groups and political contexts.  The relationships between and reciprocating impact of social, economic, and political forces are explored with emphasis placed on their implications for how we understand human identity, suffering, and freedom. This is an interdisciplinary course, and students will read and discuss works from the fields of psychology, political science, sociology, philosophy, anthropology and humanities.
Mon 6:15–9:15, Aug 29–Dec 12, David Goodman

 

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