Psychology – Summer 2020
Three New “Special Topics” Courses!
Undergraduates: register for PSY 2813 (prerequisite: PSY 101)
Master’s Students: register for PSY 7913
Summer Session 1 (June 1 through June 24)
Psychology and the Law, Prof. Erica Doran
PSY 2813 (Code: 12524) PSY 7913 (Code: 12528)
TuWTh – 1:00-4:18 PM
Course Description: The fields of psychology and law are closely related. Both deal with, among other things, the nature and consequences of human behavior. This course will examine and provide students with an understanding of how psychological theories and empirical research from the areas of social, cognitive, behavioral and clinical psychology apply to both the civil and criminal justice systems, examining the intersection of social science and the law. We will address an assortment of topics, including issues of identity (e.g., eyewitness identification, interrogation, lie detection, and profiling), state of mind (e.g., competency, insanity, and other state-of-mind legal defenses), legal process (e.g., jury selection, jury decision-making, assessments of evidence, and the sentencing process), social policies (e.g., deterrence, capital punishment, and discrimination), and the use of social science methods in legal proceedings.
Health Psychology, Prof. Jennifer Valad
PSY 2813 (Code: 12525) PSY 7913 (Code: 12529)
TuWTh – 1:00-4:18 PM
Course Description: This course examines how biological, psychological, and social factors affect the health of an individual. This includes a comprehensive look at the prevention and treatment of illness, the patient-practitioner relationship, and the role of stress and coping on health. Also, this course will cover the psychological impact of living with a chronic health issue. Other topics such as psychoneuroimmunology, alternative medicines and biofeedback will be discussed.
Summer Session 2 (June 29 through July 22)
Psychology of Women, Prof. Ashley Dixon
PSY 2813 (Code: 12540) PSY 7913 (Code: 12541)
MTuTh – 12:00-3:18 PM
Course Description: This course explores the psychological and social factors associated with the female identity, including gender role stereotypes, socialization practices, and male-female differences. It examines how various components such as health, work, relationships, sexuality, and violence develop, influence, and affect the population of women.