PSYCH 120 - First-Year Seminar in Psychology as a Social Science
Section: 002 The Psychology of Trauma
Term: WN 2008
Subject: Psychology (PSYCH)
Department: LSA Psychology
Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
SS
Other:
FYSem
Consent:
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
Enrollment restricted to first-year students, including those with sophomore standing.
Other Course Info:
May not be included in a concentration plan in Psychology.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This three-credit freshman seminar in psychology is focused on the study of traumatic stress and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Using readings, lectures, clinical case presentations, films, and class discussions, we cover the history, etiology, theories, assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of traumatic stress at different ages across the lifespan. Following the developmental psychopathology model, research on relevant risk and protective factors associated with traumatic stress is also presented. The course begins with discussion of a range of traumatic events and definitions of trauma symptoms and responses. Next, theoretical frameworks useful for understanding traumatic stress reactions are introduced, including theories that cover social learning, social cognition, evolution, neuropsychology, and psychodynamic models. In addition, assessment, diagnosis, and the evidence for best intervention practices in treating traumatic stress are examined. Each week a didactic presentation is followed by a clinical case presentation, a film, and/or an invited speaker. Class activities, assignments and discussion center on assessing, explaining and diagnosing traumatic stress in films and readings. Full preparation and participation in discussion is expected at each class with questions given in advance. There will be weekly, required short essays responding to questions based on the reading and applied to in-class presentations or films. The final paper (approximately 10 pages) requires students to apply course concepts to a character in a novel (to be selected) by 1) identifying traumatic events, 2) diagnosing traumatic stress reactions, 2) evaluating both risk and protective features, 4) proposing a treatment plan, and 5) outlining a plan for evaluating the effectiveness of the intervention.

Grades are based on the short essays (50%), the final paper (30%), and class discussion and preparation (20%).

PSYCH 120 - First-Year Seminar in Psychology as a Social Science
Schedule Listing
002 (SEM)
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22435
Open
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1Y1
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Tu 2:00PM - 5:00PM
Note: Twins and What they Teach us about Identity, Genes, and Environment.
003 (SEM)
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24721
Open
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10Y1
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MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
004 (SEM)
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24722
Closed
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2LHSP Y1
9Y1
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TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
005 (SEM)
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27827
Closed
0
 
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MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
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