PSYCH 120 - First-Year Seminar in Psychology as a Social Science
Section: 006 Children, Race, and Poverty
Term: FA 2010
Subject: Psychology (PSYCH)
Department: LSA Psychology
Course Note:
A small seminar, which will introduce entering students to the topic of Psychology and issues which are important in the field of psychology. Through this seminar, students will be able to develop an understanding of how various theories and applications of the discipline of psychology may be helpful in understanding the world.
Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
SS
Other:
FYSem
Waitlist Capacity:
99
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:

Among American children under 18, thirteen million or about 18 percent lived in poverty in 2007 (U.S. Census Bureau, 2008), and numerous studies have found an association between poverty and the presence of emotional, behavioral, and academic problems in children. Families living in poverty typically face a conglomeration of chronic and persistent life stressors and environmental conditions (e.g., inadequate housing, unemployment, low-resource schools, poor medical services, and high neighborhood crime rates).

This course will rely upon psychological research, scholarly papers in related fields, newspaper articles, public policy reports, novels, and movies to explore how poverty influences the lives and development of children in American society. Special attention will be given to the effects of poverty on African American and Latino children in urban settings, the role of parenting behaviors, as well as children’s psychological well-being and academic achievement.

PSYCH 120 - First-Year Seminar in Psychology as a Social Science
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ISBN: 038549422X
The Freedom Writers diary how a teacher and 150 teens used writing to change themselves and the world around them, Author: the Freedom Writers with Erin Gruwell ; foreword by Zlata Filipovic., Publisher: Broadway Books 1st ed. 1999
Required
ISBN: 0465083617
"Why are all the Black kids sitting together in the cafeteria?" : and other conversations about race, Author: Beverly Daniel Tatum., Publisher: Basic Books [Nachdr.] 2003
Required
ISBN: 037570521X
Almost a woman, Author: Esmeralda Santiago., Publisher: Vintage Books 1. Vintage 1999
Required
ISBN: 0767901266
A hope in the unseen : an American odyssey from the inner city to the Ivy League, Author: Ron Suskind., Publisher: Broadway Books 1st trade 1999
Required
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