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PSYCH 311

Critical Issues in Psychology

Psychology College of Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Course Description

Critical and comparative examination of underlying theoretical and philosophical issues relavant to contemporary social, personality, and cognitive psychology, neuroscience, and psychotherapy.

When Taught

Fall and Winter

Grade Rule

Grade Rule 8: A, B, C, D, E, I (Standard grade rule)

Min

3

Fixed

3

Fixed

3

Fixed

0

Title

3. Compare and contrast alternative assumptions

Learning Outcome

Students will compare and contrast alternative assumptions (and the implications of those assumptions) to those associated with the major theories, methods, practices, and schools of contemporary psychology, especially as they may be relevant to a Christian perspective. Measurement: Short paper essay assignments.

Title

2. Critically evaluate assumptions in published writings

Learning Outcome

Students will identify and critically evaluate these basic assumptions in the published writings of psychologists. Measurement: Multiple choice reading quizzes and short paper essay assignments.

Title

1. Assumptions of major theories

Learning Outcome

Students will identify and describe basic assumptions (and the implications of those assumptions) that underlie the major theories, methods, practices, and schools of contemporary psychology. Measurement: Multiple choice quizzes or short essay assignments.