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syllabus 190.3 S10 - San Jos State University Psychology...

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San José State University Psychology Department Senior Seminar, Psyc 190.3, Spring, 2010 Instructor: Robert Cooper Office Location: DMH 319 Telephone: (408) 924-5651 Email: [email protected] Office Hours: M: 8-9, 12-1 W: 8-9, 2-3 Class Days/Time: MW 10:30 – 11:45 Classroom: DMH 355 Prerequisites: Psyc 100W and Senior Standing Pre/corequisite: Psyc 18 or Psyc 120 Faculty Web Page and MYSJSU Messaging (Optional) Copies of the course materials such as the syllabus, major assignment handouts, etc. may be found on my faculty web page at http://www.sjsu.edu/people/robert.cooper or accessible through the Quick Links>Faculty Web Page links on the SJSU home page. You are responsible for regularly checking with the messaging system through MySJSU or the email account that you have one file with the University. Course Description The catalog description of the course is as follows: Integrative survey of current viewpoints and issues in psychology, how they developed and likely future directions of psychology. In this class, this overall goal will be pursued by analyzing the big ideas that have guided and changed psychology during the last 150 years. Each student will develop their own organization and presentation of these big ideas and will explore one of them in detail. Course Goals and Student Learning Objectives Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to: LO1: Articulate a coherent account of the major ideas and theoretical orientations that have organized theory and research in psychology over the last 150 years. Senior Seminar, PSYC 190.3, Spring, 2010 Page 1 of 7
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LO2: Be able to articulate their own perspective on one important idea that has advanced our understanding of psychology with respect to its history, current status, and likely future prospects. LO3: Demonstrate the skills for integrating a variety of research results into a coherent evaluation of a particular theoretical claim (i.e., the ability to do critical thinking within the field of psychology). LO4. Demonstrate the skills for presenting complex theory and research content in both written and oral forms. Required Texts/Readings Textbook Benjamin, L. T. (2007). A brief history of modern psychology . Blackwell: Malden, MA. Hock, R. R. (2009). Forty studies that changed psychology: Explorations into the history of psychological research . Pearson Prentice Hall: Upper Saddle River, NJ.
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