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Course Category: Psychology

An introduction to the scientific study of behavior and mental processes, including major approaches and methodologies. The course samples a broad range of topics, including biological foundations, development, learning, cognition, personality, abnormal psychology and social behavior. Meets the social science requirement.
A course designed to apply psychological approaches to normative events during life’s developmental stages, with a focus on environmental factors and the psychology of stress in a changing world. Meets the social science requirement.
This course focuses on how individuals grow and change from conception to adolescence. It addresses the biological factors that exist at birth, the psychosocial factors that affect changes and the resulting developmental stages. Meets the social science requirement.
Prerequisites
PSY 190
A survey of the professions, programs and agencies involved in the delivery of human services.
Prerequisites
PSY 190
This course takes the learner through the developmental stages of the human life cycle from the end of adolescence to the advanced stages of aging covering the physical changes, the social challenges and the psychological growth of an individual during those years. Meets the social science requirement.
Prerequisites
PSY 190
An analysis of group behavior in small and large groups of various types. The focus is on social interaction in the formation and operation of groups, and on the social system’s approach to understanding group behavior. Same as SOC 232. Meets the social science requirement.
An overview of conflict resolution and the mediation process as an alternative dispute resolution mechanism. Learning activities—conceptual and experiential in nature—are designed to promote an integration in the areas of problem solving behavior, skill development and personal awareness. Meets the social science requirement.
Special Topics courses are studies of selected problems, periods or movements in the subject area not otherwise included in the curriculum. They are typically chosen from a faculty member’s particular expertise and field of scholarly inquiry, and offered to a student or group of students forming an interest in the particular subject matter. The 250 designation denotes a General Education level of instruction and may include an appropriate General Education task to be completed. The 450 designation denotes a senior level degree of sophistication expected in both learning and instruction. A single course may be offered at both levels simultaneously, in which case the syllabus will clearly differentiate the course expectations and assessment measures for students enrolled at each of the two levels. A Special Topics course must be approved by the School of Arts and Sciences Curriculum Committee before it is offered, and it must address one or more Major Outcomes within the discipline.
An analysis of the changing cultural notions and social realities regarding male/female roles and relationships. Topics may include: cross-cultural research concerning gender differences; the role of various socializing agents in shaping sexual identities; and the effects of gender differences on political and economic processes. Same as SOC 260. Meets the social science requirement.
Prerequisites
SOC 110 or PSY 190
An introduction to the biological, psychological and social aspects of human sexuality. The course includes a study of sexuality in relation to the life cycle.
The effects of psychoactive drugs are studied in this course, as well as the origins of substance abuse, characteristics of substance abusers, and consequences for the individual, family and society. Approaches to substance abuse treatment are discussed.
Prerequisites
SOC 110 or PSY 190
This course presents the social aspects of human behavior, including personal perception, social cognition, attitude formation and change, attribution, prosocial behavior and interpersonal attraction. Same as SOC 310.
Prerequisites
SOC 110 or PSY 190
This course investigates issues, theories, and research findings that primarily concern women’s psychological and sexual lives. It explores topics such as gender roles, feminism, sexism, sexuality, personality variables, cognitive abilities, education, violence against women, and mental health.
Prerequisites
PSY 190
This course offers a multidisciplinary view of death and dying in individuals, families, and across cultures. This course will explore personal and societal attitudes, social practices and institutions that facilitate and constrain grief and mourning.
Prerequisites
ENG 101
An analysis of cognitive processes, including attention, perception, concept formation, language, memory, problem solving and decision making.
Prerequisites
PSY 190
An in-depth analysis of the theories, methods, and strategies for managing stress in our day-to-day functioning. Students will learn the conceptual and operational definitions of stress, be exposed to the psychophysiological and psychological responses to stress, and trained in specific evidence-based stress reduction strategies they will be able to use in working with their clients.
Prerequisites
PSY 190
A survey of the major theories of the nature and development of personality.
Prerequisites
PSY 190
This course explores the relation of biological function and human behavior; the role of genetic, hormonal and neurological factors in intelligence, sex differences, biological rhythms and emotional disorders. Disturbances produced by agents such as drugs and disease are studied. Does not satisfy the general education science requirement.
Prerequisites
PSY 190
A review of the major theories that attempt to explain motivated behavior from a physiological, cognitive, social, environmental and/or learning point of view. Application of motivation theories to organizations, education, sports and daily life.
Prerequisites
PSY 190
A study of the relationship between the individual worker and the work environment. Emphasis is on the exploration and application of the most influential theories. Topics include organizational dynamics, work motivation, job satisfaction, personnel selection and training, and work group influences.
Prerequisites
PSY 190
An overview of helping techniques, theory, and practice. Learning activities—conceptual and experiential in nature—are designed to promote growth in the areas of skill, development, and personal awareness.
Prerequisites
PSY 190
A survey of the major classifications of psychopathology, including conceptual approaches to the understanding of psychopathology, etiology and treatment.
Prerequisites
PSY 190
This course explores the development of skills essential to critical evaluation of behavioral research. The emphasis is on understanding scientific method, research, methodologies and statistical analysis.
Prerequisites
SOC 110 or PSY 190
This course explores the assumptions, strategies and techniques used in the delivery of human services, as well as problem identification and skill development. Same as SOC 375.
Prerequisites
SOC 110 or PSY 190
This course is designed to educate the prospective human services/social worker with the newly emerging client population in America and to recognize the impact of the interaction between clients and their environments, looking at cultural barriers, diverse at-risk populations and the systems that sustain at-risk clients. Same as SOC 377.
Prerequisites
PSY 375, Or permission of the instructor
An analysis of individual, group and cultural influences on human behavior. The emphasis is on contrasting levels of analysis and application to a variety of environmental settings. Note: Some background in both psychology and sociology is strongly recommended. Same as SOC 383.
Prerequisites
SOC 110 or PSY 190
This course prepares the prospective human services worker for entry into the profession by emphasizing theory, practice, and personal awareness. Specific techniques of interviewing and working with individuals will be covered through reading, lecture, and in-class practice
This course prepares the prospective human services worker to work with families and groups. It covers theories of family and group dynamics and examines the values and ethics of social work as they apply to work with families and small groups. Specific techniques will be covered through reading, lecture, discussion, and in-class practice.
This course prepares the prospective human services worker for entry-level work with communities and social institutions. It examines the values and ethics of social work as they apply to work with large groups. Specific information about organizations and working with them will be covered through reading, lecture, and in-class role play. Some field work in the community is required.
This course is designed to provide an analysis of the factors affecting adult development and aging. Emphasis is on the psychological, cognitive, sensory, physical, personality and interpersonal changes occurring with age.
Prerequisites
PSY 190
This course focuses on personal, interpersonal and societal factors in the human aging process. Emphasis is on family, community and governmental responsibility in defining and resolving problems of the aged in a modern industrial society.
Prerequisites
PSY 190
Focuses on the psychological and physiological human response to disasters. Using clinical research and case histories, this course studies normal and abnormal psychological reactions, the recovery process and principles of mental healthcare for victims of mass disasters. Differences between natural and man-made disasters are examined and factors that either worsen or mitigate the traumatizing after-effects are reviewed. Psychological aspects of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) disasters are also considered. Learners explore how individuals react to natural disasters and terrorist mass-casualty incidents.
Prerequisites
PSY 190
An introduction to the assumptions and techniques of psychological assessment.
Prerequisites
PSY 190, MATH 220
An introduction to the basic principles of learning and behavior in human and nonhuman animals with emphasis on applications of Pavlovian conditioning, instrumental conditioning, and basic memory processes.
Prerequisites
PSY 190
Special Topics courses are studies of selected problems, periods or movements in the subject area not otherwise included in the curriculum. They are typically chosen from a faculty member’s particular expertise and field of scholarly inquiry, and offered to a student or group of students forming an interest in the particular subject matter. The 250 designation denotes a General Education level of instruction and may include an appropriate General Education task to be completed. The 450 designation denotes a senior level degree of sophistication expected in both learning and instruction. A single course may be offered at both levels simultaneously, in which case the syllabus will clearly differentiate the course expectations and assessment measures for students enrolled at each of the two levels. A Special Topics course must be approved by the School of Arts and Sciences Curriculum Committee before it is offered, and it must address one or more Major Outcomes within the discipline.
An analysis of issues and ethical problems involved in the helping professions and programs.
Prerequisites
PSY 190
A capstone project intended to integrate the general education learning outcomes with the learning outcomes in the major demonstrating baccalaureate level achievement.
Prerequisites
ENG 102, And 30 or fewer credits remaining to be completed through UIU
A capstone project intended to integrate the general education learning outcomes with the learning outcomes in the major demonstrating baccalaureate level achievement.
Prerequisites
ENG 102, And 30 or fewer credits remaining to be completed through UIU
A capstone project intended to integrate the general education learning outcomes with the learning outcomes in the major demonstrating baccalaureate level achievement.
Prerequisites
ENG 102, And 30 or fewer credits remaining to be completed through UIU