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This is an OLD version of my great books course. The current version is for folks taking Psychology 121a in the Fall term of the 2000-2001 academic year.

 

 

An Introduction to Psychology


Chuck Huff
MWF
10:45-11:40
Skoglund Athletic Center 140
current as of 9/8/98
Holland Hall 314
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646.3169
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Required Texts
Author
Date
Title
Publisher
List Price

Andreasen, N.

1984

The Broken Brain

Harper & Row

$13.50

Freud, S.

1909

Five Lectures on Psychoanalysis

W. W. Norton

$ 7.95

Gilligan, C.

1982

In a Different Voice

Harvard

$12.00

Milgram, S.

1974

Obedience to Authority

Harper & Row

$14.50

Skinner, B. F.

1971

Beyond Freedom & Dignity

Alfred A. Knopf

$ 8.00

Ward, T., Finke, R., & Smith, S.

1995

Creativity and the Mind

Plenum

$24.95

Total

$80.90


How class will work

Class will be a mixture of informal lecture, questions, discussion of the topics in the chapters, and directed work on the exam and reading questions. Thus you will actually need to read the assigned chapters for the day they are assigned. I will require one response paper a week to help you keep up. Please ask questions during the question sessions. It's one way you will learn.

Response Paragraphs

I used to give quizzes in this class, but many students found these too punishing (see Skinner for the problems with punishment). I now ask students to prepare response Emails. You are required to email me a response Email every week in which an exam is not due. I have noted on the syllabus those weeks when a response Email is due. These Emails should be short (one screen in ELM or PINE, no more!) and should contain a critical reflection on one of the readings for that week. You can turn in a response Email any day of the week. However, once 5 PM on Friday has passed, you will receive a zero for that week's response paper if it is not turned in. I will respond to many of your response Emails, and student assistants will respond to others. Irrelevant stories about your grandmother will be read with appreciation, but given a zero. I have included some suggestions about the sorts of thing that you can do in a response email. Please put as the subject of each response email "Intro RP#" where # is replaced by the number indicated in the syllabus. I have automatic filters that will recognize this subject and put it in the appropriate place. I cannot be responsible for paragraphs sent without this identifier.

Take-home Tests

There will be 4 take-home exams that will ask you to integrate and reflect on the reading. These exams are open book and cooperative. That is, you can work on your answers using any sources available, including other students in the class, psychology majors, the assigned texts, supplementary texts or reference works, professors, friends at other colleges, strangers in the airport, etc. Do not directly copy other students' answers, and do cite them if you borrow an idea.

State-of-the-art paper

We will spend some class time in helping you do two papers (Nov. 9 & Dec 11) to report the state-of-the-art in a particular topic area in psychology. This will require some extensive use of the lib rary's encyclopedias and other reference sources. These papers will require you to find a popular question about psychology, translate it into a psychological question, and then find what the current knowledge in the field is about that area. At the midterm, you will turn in the first 3-5 page SOA paper On the last day of class, you will turn in second SOA paper.

Research Participation

A portion of your grade will come from participating in 2 separate psychological studies, and answering a short questionnaire about each. These studies have been rigorously screened to make sure they are both ethically sound and educational. If you prefer not to participate in a study, there are alternatives involving reading about research. If you do not want to sign up for studies in which you may be deceived (e.g. about the purpose of the study) or for studies which may subject you to unusual stress, there is a procedure that will allow you to identify such studies.

Grading

The first take-home exam will count for 15% of your grade. The next 3 take-home exams (including the final) will each count for 20%. This provides a total across the four exams of 75%. 5% of your grade will come from a requirement to participate in 2 psychological studies through the research participation pool (we will talk about this in class). 10% of your grade will come from your response papers. 10% of your grade will come from the state-of-the-art paper. For the grading procedures on the exams, see the handbook.

First Exam

15%

Second Exam

20%

Third Exam

20%

Final Exam

20%

75%

First SOA Paper

5%

Second SOA Paper

5%

Response Emails

10%

Research Participation

5%

25%

Late exams will be reduced in their grade according to the following schedule

up to 8 hrs late

-05%

between 8 & 24 hrs late

-10%

more than 24 hours late

-20%

more than 1 week late

-50%


Schedule of Topics & Assignments

This is an OLD version of my great books course. The current version is for folks taking Psychology 121a in the Fall term of the 2000-2001 academic year.

 

1) Introductions

Topic
Reading
Assignment Due
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Overview
The Handbook Web Pages
Show up

2) Basic Freud

Topic
Reading
Assignment Due
Basic Freud
Web Page & A Brief Life
.
Anna O
Lecture 1
.
Repression
Lecture 2
Response Email (RP1)

3) Sex & Therapy

Topic
Reading
Assignment Due
Complexes and Dreamwork
Lecture 3
.
The Sexual Origins of Neurosis
Lecture 4
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Erotism and Transference
Lecture 5
Response Email (RP2)
 

4) Freud's Legacy

Topic
Reading
Assignment Due
Bowlby and the Legacy of Freud
Handout
.
Exam Workday
.
Bring an Outline
SOA 1/2 / Skinner 1/2
Handbook & Skinner 1
Exam 1 Due
 

5) Basic Behaviorism

Topic
Reading
Assignment Due
SOA 1/2 / Skinner 1/2
Handbook & 1
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Freedom
Skinner 2
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Dignity
Skinner 3
Response Email (RP3)
 

6) Designing a behaviorist utopia

Topic
Reading
Assignment Due
Punishment
Skinner 4
.
Alternatives to Punishment
Skinner 5
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Values
Skinner 6
Response Email (RP4)
 

7) Behaviorism Redux

Topic
Reading
Assignment Due
Culture
Skinner 7 & 8
.
Exam Workday
.
Bring an Outline
SOA Workday
.
Exam 2 Due
 

8) Basic Cognitive Psychology

Topic
Reading
Assignment Due
Fall Break
Fall Break
Fall Break
Concepts & Creativity
Ward et al. 1 & 2

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Visualization
Ward et al. 3
Response Email (RP5)
 

9) Cognition and Creativity

Topic
Reading
Assignment Due
Problem Solving
Ward et al. 4
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Applications
Any one of Ward et al. 5-9
.
SOA Workday
Huff @ SSSR
Response Email (RP6)
 

10) Films

Topic
Reading
Assignment Due
My Lai Massacre
Milgram 1-3
SOA 1 due
The Paradigm & Variations
Milgram 4-7
.
Film: Obedience
Milgram 8 & 9
Huff @ NSF
 

11) Obedience

Topic
Reading
Assignment Due
Strain, Binding, Aggression
Milgram 10 -13
.
Ethics
Milgram Appendix 1
.
Gilligan
Gilligan 1
Response Email (RP7)
 

12) Mostly Thanksgiving

Topic
Reading
Assignment Due
Exam Workday
.
Bring an Outline
Thanksgiving Break
Thanksgiving Break
Thanksgiving Break
Thanksgiving Break
Thanksgiving Break
Thanksgiving Break
 

13) A feminist response to Freud & Co.

Topic
Reading
Assignment Due
Women's Development
Gilligan 2
Exam 3 Due Tues at 5
Development of Self in Crisis
Gilligan 3 & 4
.
Comparing Gilligan, Milgram, Skinner, & Freud
None
Response Email (RP8)
 

14) Biological explorations of mind

Topic
Reading
Assignment Due
Biology & Mental Illness
Andreasen 2,3,4
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The Brain etc.
Andreasen 5
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Somatic Treatments
Andreasen 8 & 9
SOA 2 Due
 

15)

Topic
Reading
Assignment Due

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Final Exam Due
2:30-4:30

 

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