PSYCH 401 - Special Problems in Psychology as a Social Science
Fall 2020, Section 015 - Addictive Behaviors
Instruction Mode: Section 015 is  Online (see other Sections below)
Subject: Psychology (PSYCH)
Department: LSA Psychology

Details

Credits:
3
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Enforced Prerequisites:
One of the following: PSYCH 111, 112, 114, or 115.
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.
Repeatability:
May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:

Description

The topic of addiction is often a controversial one. Can you be addicted to chocolate? Porn? Video games? This course will explore:

  1. The historical and societal understanding of what is considered addictive
  2. The public health consequences and policy approaches to addiction
  3. The biological, psychological and social mechanisms underlying addiction
  4. The current debates about what is or is not considered addictive (e.g., food) and
  5. Treatment for addiction.

    Course Requirements:

      Discussion questions: Students formulate 3 discussion questions each week prior to class based on the assigned readings. Students are graded based on thoughtfulness and timely submission of their questions on Canvas.
      Discussion leadership. Each week, one student will take the role of discussion leader. This student will collect all students’ discussion questions and lead the hour-long discussion portion of the class session. Students will be graded based on their ability to effectively synthesize questions and lead a meaningful discussion.
      Participation. Students are graded based on their active participation in class discussions; points will be deducted for inattention or distracting others during lecture.
      Idea paper. A 6-8 page literature review paper will be due at the end of the course. This paper needs to be about addictive behaviors, but the form that it takes can be broad in nature. The paper must use and cite the scientific literature.

    Intended Audience:

    This course is designed for upper-level undergraduate students in psychology

    Class Format:

    This course meets once per week for a 3 hour session. The first half of the seminar will be a lecture to introduce the week’s topic, synthesize and discuss the assigned readings, and relate them to other relevant work in the field. The second half of the seminar will be led by the instructor or a different student each week, who will collect discussion questions from other classmates, prepare responses and follow up questions for the group, and lead a class discussion.

Schedule

PSYCH 401 - Special Problems in Psychology as a Social Science
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
 Online
25222
Open
10
 
-
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
003 (SEM)
 Online
33140
Open
7
 
-
TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
004 (SEM)
 Online
33011
Closed
0
 
9
MW 11:30AM - 12:15PM
Note: Psych 401-004 will be taught in both an asynchronous and synchronous format. The synchronous portion will consist of a discussion section on Monday/Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
007 (SEM)
 In Person
33015
Open
3
 
-
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
009 (SEM)
 In Person
33016
Open
21
 
-
F 9:00AM - 12:00PM
011 (SEM)
 Online
31119
Closed
0
 
3
Tu 10:00AM - 11:00AM
Note: Psych 401-011 will be taught remotely in both synchronous and asynchronous formats (Fall 2020). The synchronous component will consist of one hour of discussion time on Tuesdays from 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
013 (SEM)
 Online
28078
Closed
0
 
-
TuTh 8:30AM - 10:00AM
014 (SEM)
 Online
26540
Closed
0
 
-
W 11:30AM - 1:00PM
Note: Psych 401-014 will be taught remotely in both an asynchronous and a synchronous format (Fall 2020). The synchronous portion will be a discussion each Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
015 (SEM)
 Online
33012
Closed
0
 
2
F 10:00AM - 1:00PM
Note: Psych 401-015 will be taught remotely in a synchronous format (Fall 2020).
016 (SEM)
 Online
33013
Closed
0
 
2
Tu 3:00PM - 4:00PM
Note: Psych 401-016 will be taught remotely in both synchronous and asynchronous formats (Fall 2020). The synchronous component will consist of one hour of discussion time each Tuesday from 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
017 (SEM)
 Online
33014
Closed
0
 
1
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
Note: Psych 401-017 will be taught remotely in a synchronous format (Fall 2020).
018 (SEM)
 Online
33415
Closed
0
 
1
Th 3:00PM - 6:00PM

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