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Woods College of Advancing Studies


FALl 2014

Professors: Kristin Bullwinkel, A.B. Smith, J.D. Suffolk; Loretta Butehorn, A.B. Boston College, A.M. Goddard, Ph.D. Boston University; Donnah Canavan, A.B. Emmanuel, Ph.D. Columbia; Raymond B. Flannery, Jr., A.B. Holy Cross, A.M. Boston College, Ph.D. Windsor; Michael Moore, A.B., A.M., Ph.D. Harvard; Collection Services Librarian, Anna Nielsen, A.B. Boston College, M.S., Ph.D. Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.


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.
Fall, Tues 6:30–9, Sept 2–Dec 9, Professor 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
Fall, Wed 6:30–9, Sept 3–Dec 10, Professor Canavan

ADPS 112901  Psychological Trauma
ADPS112901 Syllabus

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.
Fall, Thurs 6:30–9, Sept 4–Dec 11, Professor Flannery

ADPS 115601  Psychology of Risk Taking
ADPS115601 Syllabus
The twenty-first century is a fast paced, ever changing environment. The opportunities and challenges, dangers and pitfalls presented to each of us - the risks of life - are different today. Who are the risk takers and risk adverse? What are the implications of avoiding risk or taking too much? How does risk present itself, how to evaluate it, when to embrace or abandon it? Course examines the personal, situational, genetic and cultural parameters which enable risks to be taken and life to be lived to its fullest.
Fall, Tues 6:30–9, Sept 2–Dec 9, Professor Butehorn

ADPS 116001  Psychology of Emotions
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.
Fall, Mon 6:30–9, Sept 8–Dec 15, Professor Anna Nielsen

ADPS 139001  Psychology in Law
ADPS139001 Syllabus
Understanding the relationship between law and psychology in the U.S. in 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.
Fall, Mon 6:30–9, Sept 8–Dec 15, Professor Bullwinkel