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ADPS 110101  Theories of Personality
ADPS110101 Syllabus
New developments and increasingly sophisticated techno-logy inform and expand our understanding of the brain and human nature, personality and individual differences. The course takes a fresh look at the similarities and differences that key figures, and key research have attributed to human nature. How do genetic inheritance, environment and social factors interact to affect personality? Is personality stable or changing? 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, psychotherapy, gender, and attachment.
Wed 6:15–9:15, Jan 17–May 9, Donnah Canavan

ADPS 113901  Abnormal Psychology
ADPS113901 Syllabus
This is a hybrid course, which combines some in-person and some online class meetings. Please refer to the course syllabus on the Woods College website or on the course Canvas page for more detailed information.
Students are introduced to the categories used to understand normal and abnormal behavior and adjustment in Euro-American contexts. The course focuses on the specific diagnoses that are recognized in the DSM-5 and by the general medical establishment in the United States. The course provides mainstream competencies concerning diagnostic nomenclature and medical descriptions of human suffering, and provides tools to critically analyze this system of diagnosis and approach to human suffering. In-depth consideration of psychoanalytic theory and case studies are used.
Mon 6:15–9:15, Jan 22–May 14, David Goodman

ADPS 115301  Research Methods for the Social Sciences
This is a hybrid course, which combines some in-person and some online class meetings. Please refer to the course syllabus on the Woods College website or on the course Canvas page for more detailed information.
ADPS115301 Syllabus
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 16–May 8, Anna Nielsen

ADPS 120201  Violence: Crimes Without Boundaries
ADPS120201 Syllabus
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 18–May 10, Raymond Flannery

ADPS 126101  Developmental Psychology
ADPS126101 Syllabus
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 16–May 8, Michael Moore

ADPS 134601  Organizational Communication
ADPS134601 Syllabus
To thrive in constantly transforming organizations, it is important to understand the factors which influence performance and satisfaction, and the dynamics critical to interacting with and managing others effectively. Reviews the major theories of management and considers how personality, motivation, communication, perception, group dynamics, leadership style and organizational culture affect productivity and personal and professional success.
Mon 6:15–9:15, Jan 22–May 14, Diletta Masiello

ADPS 136501  Adolescent Development
ADPS136501 Syllabus
ADPS136501 Readings
Prerequisite: ADPS1261 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 22–May 14, Teresa Touhey Schirmer

ADPS 324301  Counseling Theories And Interventions
Prerequisite: Introductory Psychology and Developmental Psychology
ADPS324301 Syllabus
What is psychotherapy and how does it work? What is the role of the therapist? What are the tasks of the therapist? What occurs in the relationship between therapist and patient? This course will address how various theories and perspectives address these and other questions. By comparing and contrasting different approaches to psychotherapy, students will better understand the history, theories, values, and techniques of the major schools of psychotherapy. Students will also appreciate how issues of ethics, religion/spirituality, and culture of the therapist and patient affect psychotherapy.
Wed 6:15–9:15, Jan 17–May 9, Joel Simons


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