PSYCH 401 - Special Problems in Psychology as a Social Science
Section: 101 Psychology of Films
Term: SP 2008
Subject: Psychology (PSYCH)
Department: LSA Psychology
With permission of instructor.
Enforced Prerequisites:
One of the following: PSYCH 111, 112, 114, or 115.
Advisory Prerequisites:
One of the following: PSYCH 230, 240, 335, or 345.
Other Course Info:
Only 6 credits of PSYCH 400, 401, 402 combined may be counted toward a concentration plan in Psychology, and a maximum of 12 credits may be counted toward graduation.
May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
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Films manipulate, challenge and assuage our social, cognitive and emotional states by using variety of aesthetic, narrative and technical means. This course examines how various social identities, such as race, class, ethnicity, gender and sexuality, are represented, evoked and manipulated for aesthetic, ideological and narrative purposes in films. Using social, cultural and narrative psychological approaches to the study of identity, students will analyze, interpret and critique representations of social identities in movies. Students will also study the psychological impact of movies on the viewers (e.g., on their emotion, motivation and behavior). In addition, the students will learn about directors who are known for their distinct personal style and unique creative vision (e.g., auteurs) that break new ground in challenging and furthering our understanding of human mind and existence. Students are expected to complete the readings and participate in class activities. The class grade is based on quizzes, class participation activities, a group project, midterm and final.

PSYCH 401 - Special Problems in Psychology as a Social Science
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101 (SEM)
TuTh 2:00PM - 5:00PM
102 (SEM)
TuTh 12:00PM - 3:00PM
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