In the psychology seminar students will be exposed to the theories of classic psychologists such as Freud, Jung, Erickson, and Klien, as well as to the more current theories of the mind rooted in brain-based sciences.
In the social psychology section of class, the focus will be on how humans tend to interact and why. The class will also focus on issues of women, people of color, and the “third world” in the realm of psychology. Thinkers such as Herbert Marcuse, Frantz Fanon, and Jacques Lacan will be our guides in the social psychology section. Assignments will range from the typical reading and writing of papers, to the slightly offbeat (analyzing a movie for Jungian or psychoanalytic content), to the uncharacteristic (visiting an N.A. or A.A. meeting).
Students will come away from class with a better understanding of how our brains work and with a firm grasp on a wide variety of topics for future humanities endeavors. Please note that this class is not designed to prepare students for the A.P. Psychology Exam.
Offered Fall 2012.