PSYCH 120 - First-Year Seminar in Psychology as a Social Science
Section: 005 Understanding Development through Children's Literature
Term: FA 2018
Subject: Psychology (PSYCH)
Department: LSA Psychology
Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
SS
Other:
FYSem
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Cost:
>100
Advisory Prerequisites:
Enrollment restricted to first-year students, including those with sophomore standing.
Other Course Info:
Does not count toward the requirements for the Psychology major nor the major in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This course will have two primary goals. The first goal will be to explore the ways in which children’s literature supports and promotes children’s development in cognitive, social and emotional ways. Second, the class will help students critically evaluate and analyze children’s books with regard to the underlying messages they provide.

We will look at the evolution of children’s books over the last several decades and the ways in which they correspond to our understanding of psychological theory and the developmental challenges faced by children. Students will discuss the ways in which books encourage children’s ability to categorize, build concepts, enhance language skills and come to understand themselves and the broader social world. Book selections focus on thematic and topical issues ranging from divorce, war, sibling relationships, traumatic life events, gender roles, peer relationships and bullying, chronic and terminal illness, race and culture. Students will be exposed to a variety of children’s picture and chapter books, from the classics to more contemporary selections.

Course Requirements:

Students will be expected to keep a journal of the weekly readings for the course as well as complete several short response papers. For a final project, students will be assigned to groups to prepare a presentation about an additional book specific to their individual interests.

Class Format:

Class format will consist of a brief lecture, followed by a discussion of the assigned readings.

PSYCH 120 - First-Year Seminar in Psychology as a Social Science
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
P
11873
Open
12
 
12Enrollment Management
-
MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
002 (SEM)
P
24805
Open
12
 
12Enrollment Management
-
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
Note: Psych 120-002 meets in the Pillsbury Room, East Hall. Take the elevator located at the Church St., Psych side entrance of East Hall to floor "4M".
003 (SEM)
P
28091
Open
12
 
12Enrollment Management
-
MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
004 (SEM)
P
24806
Open
12
 
12Enrollment Management
-
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
Note: Psych 120-004 meets in the Pillsbury Room, East Hall. Take the elevator located at the Church St., Psych side entrance of East Hall to floor "4M".
005 (SEM)
P
23050
Open
12
 
12Enrollment Management
-
MW 8:30AM - 10:00AM
006 (SEM)
P
31372
Open
11
 
11Enrollment Management
-
Tu 9:00AM - 12:00PM
007 (SEM)
P
31373
Open
12
 
12Enrollment Management
-
M 5:00PM - 8:00PM
Note: PSYCH 120-007 Topic Title: Meaningful Leadership of Self and Others
008 (SEM)
P
31374
Open
12
 
12Enrollment Management
-
Th 9:00AM - 12:00PM
009 (SEM)
P
31375
Open
12
 
12Enrollment Management
-
TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
010 (SEM)
P
31376
Open
12
 
12Enrollment Management
-
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
011 (SEM)
P
31936
Open
12
 
 
12Enrollment Management
-
TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
NOTE: Data maintained by department in Wolverine Access. If no textbooks are listed below, check with the department.
Syllabi are available to current LSA students. IMPORTANT: These syllabi are provided to give students a general idea about the courses, as offered by LSA departments and programs in prior academic terms. The syllabi do not necessarily reflect the assignments, sequence of course materials, and/or course expectations that the faculty and departments/programs have for these same courses in the current and/or future terms.

Click the button below to view historical syllabi for PSYCH 120 (UM login required)

View Historical Syllabi
The CourseProfile (ART) system, supported by the U-M Provost’s 3rd Century Initiative through a grant to the Digital Innovation Greenhouse, provides additional information about: course enrollments; academic terms and instructors; student academic profiles (school/college, majors), and previous, concurrent, and subsequent course enrollments.

CourseProfile (ART)