Syllabus_2008_2 - Drugs in the Modern American Culture...

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1 Instructors Dr. Ron Rogers Office Hours : Office: DMH, Rm. 315 Tuesday 10:15 – 11:30 Phone: 408.924.5652 Wednesday 10:45 – 12:00 E-mail: [email protected] Or by appointment Dr. Glenn Callaghan Office: DMH, Rm. 322 Monday 8:00 – 9:00 & 4:30 – 5:00 Phone: 408.924.5610 Wednesday 8:00 – 10:30 & 4:30 – 5:00 E-mail: [email protected] Or by appointment REQUIRED READINGS & RESOURCES 1. Numerous journal articles will be made available for download from the class web site 2. Class Web Site: COURSE DESCRIPTION In this course, we will be focusing on drug related issues in the United States. We will cover topics that range from historical events, general drug policies, and the use of specific drugs. Our goal is to emphasize the development, refinement, and expression of your critical thinking skills. While the course content focuses on topics related to substance use and abuse, the purpose of this course remains as a capstone or cornerstone learning experience in the psychology major. Because of this overarching purpose, our course goals are consistent with all Psychology 190 courses, regardless of the topic we (and you) have chosen. GOALS & LEARNING OUTCOMES Specifically, our course objectives are as follows: 1. to review and develop skills in understanding differing epistemologies or sources of knowledge and to critically evaluate their role in the science of human behavior 2. to focus, refine, and provide evidence of your critical thinking skills in literature evaluation 3. to demonstrate competence in oral presentation and communication 4. to demonstrate competence in written communication by analyzing, synthesizing, and integrating existing psychology literature relevant to this topic 5. to demonstrate an integration of knowledge and skills developed across the psychology major 6. to provide evidence of skills in researching the psychology literature (including accessing electronic and print journal articles in libraries and beyond) 7. to thoughtfully apply these skills to topics of interest Drugs in the Modern American Culture [Psyc 190:01] Term: Spring 2008 Section (Code): Psyc: 21515 Where/When: DMH 356 12:00 – 1:15 MW
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2 These goals will be evidenced through the following assessment strategies: 1. practice critically evaluating example articles in both group and individual projects 2. writing weekly position papers on presentation topics conducted in class 3. gather, review, and disseminate information on specific drug topics (provided in class) in a group oral presentation 4. write an expanded position paper with a thorough literature review 5. participate in class interactions during group presentations and forum discussions using reviews of the literature TESTING & GRADING POLICY Your grade will be determined by your performance in two aspects of the course: Assessment Item and Their Value How Many? % of Final Grade Discussant Write-ups 9 15% Position Papers 10 45% Group Presentation 1 15%
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