A survey of all the major areas of psychology. Includes an orientation to the attitudes and methods of the psychologist, the physiological basis of behavior, growth and development, sensation, perception, conditioning, human learning, cognitive processes, social interaction, personality, conflict adjustment, methods of measurement, behavior disorders and applied psychology.
An exploration of the methodological issues and strategies that are most germane to research in psychology. Topics include types of research designs, ethics, measurement, library resources, and a review of data analysis procedures. Scientific writing and oral presentations of research results will be emphasized. Five hours lecture/lab.
The study of social influences on individual behavior, including topics in social cognition, attitude change, interpersonal behavior, social influence and small group behavior.
Historical and more contemporary approaches to personality are explored. Current research topics in the field of personality psychology are also addressed.
This seminar is an in-depth, psychological examination of the new and more subtle types of racism present in American society. Base primarily on research from social psychology, we will explore the manifestations and consequences of contemporary racism, and the challenges inherent in reducing this form of racism. We will focus predominantly on prejudice toward, and the experiences of, African-Americans. The seminar will include, among other assignments and activities, student-led discussions, primary source readings, and critical intrapersonal analysis recorded in student journals.
Please visit the blog associated with the course at contemporaryracism.org, and the blog's Facebook page.
The Advanced Research in Psychology course is designed to be a culminating undergraduate experience (CUE) in which students apply and integrate skills and knowledge from the previous psychology courses they have taken. Each course includes an inquiry-driven project requiring students to: engage in a substantive literature review; explore novel hypotheses or theories; collect and analyze relevant evidence; synthesize and reflect upon the information gathered; and, generate an integrative paper and oral presentation about their work. The course emphasizes mastery of critical thinking, interpersonal, writing and presentation skills. A course may have a focal topic that varies by instructor. Dr. Wolfe's focus topics have included stereotyping & Prejudice, and Social Identity. Focal topics will be announced prior to registration each semester. Five hours per week, lecture/discussion and lab.
In our pluralistic society, it is vital for people to develop the capacity to address issues of difference and inequality in honest and productive ways. Students in this class will engage in facilitated dialogues about social identity with other students who identities differ from their own. Participants will read, view, and discuss scholarly and artistic material about social difference, give voice to their own experiences, and listen to and learn from the views of others. The class will investigate how systems of oppression such as racism and sexism affect different groups, and examine processes of alliance-building to combat those systems. Regular writing assignments will provide opportunities for students to extend and deepen their in-class learning. Students will also explore ways to apply what they learn through the dialogue process toward goals of transformative change and social justice at both interpersonal and communal levels.