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CAUTION: PLEASE READ BEFORE CONTINUING!!! It should not surprise you that we will be exploring some very serious and, at times, graphic material throughout this class. Although I hope that doing so will help create and sustain a high level of interest and engagement, my intent is to educate , not sensationalize. Serious and graphic is sometimes “the nature of the beast.” I want you to make an informed, rational decision about your involvement in this class. You may find course material disturbing or offensive at times. I do not take this lightly, and I will make every effort to address the issues raised in a responsible, respectful manner. Still, you may not always feel comfortable in here, and both your good mood and your worldview may sometimes be challenged. Again, my intent is to educate, not to give simple answers or to tell you what you think you want to hear. If you have content-related concerns, then it is your responsibility to notify me. In any case, PLEASE have some idea of what you’re getting into, and be respectful of the viewpoints of others that will inevitably conflict with your own. PSYCH 232 -- Psychology of Evil -- W ‘11 MW 1:00-2:20 P.M. Instructor : Christopher T. Burris, Ph.D. Office : STJ 2016 Phone : (519) 884-8111, ext. 28213 e-mail : [email protected] Office Hours : M W 2:30-3:30; W 6:00-6:45; by appointment Teaching Assistants : Kristina Schrage, Keri Raif (STJ 2021; 519-884-8111x28256; [email protected]) Official Course Description (from the Undergraduate Calendar ): Psychological perspectives concerning definitions, causes, and consequences of institutional and personal evil, as well as symbols and interpretations of evil in both religious and secular contexts, will be considered. Please note that this course is recognized as a PACS Content Course that fulfills requirements in the interdisciplinary Peace and Conflict Studies plan. For information about doing a PACS concentration (Major, Minor or Option) visit: http://grebel.uwaterloo.ca/academic/undergrad/pacs/plans.shtml Course Purpose and Structure : Attempting to understand evil is a human preoccupation. Although it has received some psychological attention, the resulting theories and data remain scattered. In this course -- through text, lecture, film, and discussion -- I hope to bring together the literature for a fuller psychological understanding of evil from the perspective of perpetrators as well as from the perspective of victims and observers. Required Readings : Baumeister, R. F. (1997). Evil: Inside human cruelty and violence . New York: W. H. Freeman. (This should be available used or new, hardbound or paperback.) Rempel, J. K., & Burris, C. T. (2005). Let me count the ways: An integrative theory of love and hate. Personal Relationships , 12 , 297-313. (A free .pdf version of this article is downloadable from the UW Library website. If off-campus, first “connect from
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This note was uploaded on 02/28/2012 for the course ECON 101 taught by Professor G during the Summer '11 term at Ryerson.

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