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DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHOLOGY PSY 706 - Models of Personal Growth FALL 2009 PROFESSOR: Dr. Marilyn Hadad OFFICE: JOR 819 PHONE: 416-979-5000 ext. 7109 email: [email protected] OFFICE HOURS: Wednesday 2-4pm, or by appointment LENGTH: One semester PREREQUISITE: PSY 011 or PSY 105 or PSY 102 or equivalent COURSE DESIGNATION: Upper-level Liberal Studies NOTE: Students registered in a Ryerson program or intending to register in a program should examine their program's curriculum and the Ryerson calendar carefully. To graduate from a program, students require a number of Liberal Studies credits as well as Professional and Professionally-related credits. Ryerson courses are correspondingly designated Professional, Professionally-related or Liberal Studies. Liberal Studies courses are further divided into Lower-level (normally for first and second year credit) and upper-level (normally for third and fourth year credit) courses. You may not use a Professionally-related Psychology course for a Liberal Studies credit or vice versa, nor may you use a Lower-level Liberal Studies course for Upper-level Liberal Studies credit. The Department of Psychology has a web page at http://www.ryerson.ca/~psychweb/. There the students may find departmental policies regarding appeals, plagiarism, and other issues (see especially http://www.ryerson.ca/academicintegrity/students.html for information on Academic Integrity). It is the student's responsibility to know and adhere to all Departmental and University policies; and also to make arrangements for maintaining a proper registration in this course. Read the calendar carefully. COURSE DESCRIPTION: The focus of this course is on personal growth, psychological well-being, and the realization of one's potential. Ideas in this realm have come from a variety of sources: psychiatry and mysticism, philosophy and psychology, theology and physics, etc. Definitions of growth, ideals of growth, and techniques for instituting change in a growing direction are equally varied. We will examine a number of theories on the "real" nature of being human and related implications for psychological development. This will include a discussion of some theories derived from psychoanalysis, some of the major existential approaches to meaningful life, and some of the more unconventional (from the point of view of Western science) transpersonal and "spiritual" theories of the East. We will examine the relationships among all of these theories, focusing on similarities as well as differences. Although this course is academic and students are evaluated accordingly, it is hoped that students will find it useful in terms of enriching their own lives and encouraging new ideas about the extent of their own psychological potential. 1
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This note was uploaded on 05/13/2010 for the course PSY psy706 taught by Professor Marylinehadad during the Winter '10 term at Ryerson.

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