PSYCH 203 - Psychology Honors Seminar: Topics in Social Science
Section: 001 Separation, Loss and Reunion in the Life Cycle
Term: WN 2008
Subject: Psychology (PSYCH)
Department: LSA Psychology
Requirements & Distribution:
Enforced Prerequisites:
LSA Honors students and one of the following: PSYCH 111, 112, 114, or 115.
Advisory Prerequisites:
One of the following: PSYCH 230, 240, 250, 260, 270, 280, or 290.
May be repeated for a maximum of 8 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:

The course will explore the role of separation, loss, and reunion experiences through the life cycle. Beginning with discussion of the nature and development of attachment, we will explore: the early development of separation anxiety and separation tolerance; normative loss experiences through the life cycle; coping and pathological responses to loss; special forms of loss (adoption, bereavement, divorce, marked geographic mobility, immigration, urban ‘renewal’ relocation, the refugee experience); ritual management of loss experiences, societal conceptions of human bonds and their severance as incorporated in laws regulating divorce, removal of parental rights, and adoption; loss experiences as seen in dying patients; the notion of death as ultimate loss or final reunion; and the role loss experiences may play in shaping creativity.The centrality of themes of separation, loss and reunion in human experience will be selectively illustrated from epic poems to “tear-jerker” movies, from classic tragedies to modern light comedy, from pop tunes to operas, short stories, myths, legends, modern poetry. Primary sources of reading will be from psychology and more broadly from the social sciences, the arts, recent history, and clinical case studies, with additional materials from family law. Students will be expected to read widely, participate actively in class discussion, prepare several short papers and presentations, conduct one ‘loss’ interview or media analysis, plus a major term paper.

PSYCH 203 - Psychology Honors Seminar: Topics in Social Science
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001 (SEM)
18LSA Hnrs
MW 11:00AM - 1:00PM
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