PSYCH 120 - First-Year Seminar in Psychology as a Social Science
Fall 2022, Section 005 - Understanding Development through Children's Literature
Instruction Mode: Section 005 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Psychology (PSYCH)
Department: LSA Psychology
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Details

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:

Description

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.

Schedule

PSYCH 120 - First-Year Seminar in Psychology as a Social Science
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Tu 9:00AM - 12:00PM
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M 1:00PM - 4:00PM
005 (SEM)
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MW 8:30AM - 10:00AM
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