PSYCH 121 - First-Year Seminar in Psychology as a Natural Science
Section: 001 Relationships Between Humans and Other Animals
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.
Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
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.
This course counts toward the 60 credits of math/science required for a Bachelor of Science degree.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This seminar examines interactions and relationships between humans and other animals. We begin by learning about how a few species, including chimpanzees, baboons, and wolves, live in the wild. These studies provide a foundation for the rest of the term by showing how animals communicate with each other and by demonstrating that nonhuman beings are distinctive individuals.

Based on scientific reports and films/videos, we will learn about several nonhuman beings in depth, including the wild chimpanzee, Flo, and her daughter, Fifi; an elephant matriarch named Echo; Alex, an African grey parrot; and a few individuals studied by the instructor. Each student will choose a nonhuman individual to study and videotape throughout the term; this animal can be a pet, a local farm animal, or an animal in a nearby zoo or other captive facility. Students will share their understandings of their animals in short essays and in video presentations to the class. Based on this first-hand knowledge of animals as individuals, we will examine several current, controversial issues, including animal experimentation, factory farming, and animals in entertainment.

We will also study the evolutionary history, psychology, and physiology of the human-animal bond. As a final project, in small groups students will create a short video designed to educate others about animals as individuals and our relationships with them.

PSYCH 121 - First-Year Seminar in Psychology as a Natural Science
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
Tu 3:00PM - 6:00PM
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