PSYCHOLOGY

PSYC-497
Topics in Psychology (3)

Course Level: Undergraduate

Topics vary by section, may be repeated for credit with different topic. Each section is an intensive course in a specialized area of psychology, such as community psychology, social and clinical judgement, and psychology of infancy. Usually offered every term. Prerequisite: three psychology courses, junior standing and permission of instructor.

PSYC-497
001
PSYCHOLOGY
FALL 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

Topics in Psychology (3)

The Biology of Addiction

In 1997, Alan Leshner (then Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse) noted that addiction was a brain disease and indicated the implications of such a conclusion for the understanding and treatment of addiction (Science, 1997, 278, 45-47). This seminar explores this concept through discussions and readings focusing on the biology of addiction. This focus is shaped by the recent book by George Koob, Michael Arends and Michel Le Moal, Drugs, Addiction and the Brain (2014). Using this book as our reference, students explore the current thinking and research on drug use and abuse, supplementing this reading with current articles in the field. Although the book focuses on the basic research and theory underlying addiction, students explore how such a focus provides insights into the nature of its treatment. Meets with PSYC-696 002.

PSYC-497
002
PSYCHOLOGY
FALL 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

Topics in Psychology (3)

Ethnic and Minority Issues

This course focuses on understanding ethnic and minority issues as they relate to psychology. In this course discussions center on what constitutes "minority" status and how "minority" status impacts the psychological and social development of the individual. The goal of this course is to gain an understanding of how divergent cultures may impact human behavior.

PSYC-497
001
PSYCHOLOGY
SPRING 2016

Course Level: Undergraduate

Topics in Psychology (3)

Social Psychology of Stereotyping and Prejudice

This course considers theory and research in social psychology relevant to all forms of intergroup prejudice. Can the findings of experimental research in social psychology shed light on how to reduce racial prejudice? Ageism or sexism? Homophobia? The course reviews the best efforts of applied social psychologists in attempting to understand these critical social issues.