Courses in Psychology (Division 455)


Spring 1997

111. Introduction to Psychology. Psych. 111 serves, as do Psych. 112 or 113, as a prerequisite for advanced courses in the department and as a prerequisite to concentration. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 112, 113, 114, or 115. Psych. 111 may not be included in a concentration plan in psychology. (4). (SS). Students in Psychology 111 are required to spend five hours outside of class participating as subjects in research projects.

This course provides a broad introduction to the field of psychology. During the term we will cover such topics as personality, development, perception, learning, physiology, and clinical and social psychology. In addition, we will look at some of the theories and principles that have guided attempts to solve psychological problems in both academic and applied settings. (Behling)

303. Special Problems in Psychology: Advanced Laboratory. One of the following: Psych. 330, 340, 350, 360, 370, 380, or 390. (2-4). (Excl).
Section 101 Community-Based Research. (3 credits).
This course will cover research methodologies that are useful in understanding how communities function. These include community needs assessment, analysis of census and other statistical information on communities, evaluation of programs offered by community organizations, and surveys of community residents. Through readings, lectures, and discussion, the class will consider what is involved in each of these methods and when each is appropriate for studies of communities. Students will use one of these methodologies to carry out a research project in either an African American or Latino community in Detroit. Requirements include readings, lectures, and a write-up of the research project. (Gutierrez)

305. Practicum in Psychology. Introductory psychology. A total of 6 credits of Psychology letter-graded experiential courses may be counted for the Psychology concentration. (1-4). (Excl). (EXPERIENTIAL). May be repeated for a total of 6 credits.
Section 102 Alcoholism and Other Behavior Disorders in Community Settings, II. (3 credits). Prerequisite: Psychology 372.
The University of Michigan Alcohol Research Center (UMARC) provides a continuing opportunity for students to gain valuable research experience in a community setting as part of the Health Profile Project. The project will focus on the nature and extent of alcohol problems among patients 60 years of age and older, and assess specifically the effectiveness of a brief intervention designed to help older adults with drinking problems. The project provides students the opportunity to obtain research experience in the social and health sciences fields. Students will administer brief questionnaires to elderly persons in primary care offices, and they also may have the opportunity to conduct telephone follow-up interviews with participants in the brief intervention study. Other requirements include: interest in social sciences or health sciences; the ability to travel to project sites (car preferred); excellent interpersonal skills; and experience interacting with the public. Furthermore, students will gain valuable research experience in the areas of geriatrics and alcohol problems. This course is the second term of a two-term practicum sequence. The sequence satisfies both lab requirements for psychology concentrators. Those who register for the course will be required to attend a research meeting, a one hour lecture, and 7.5 hours of field work each week during the academic term. Students also are required to write a research paper. (Zucker)

307. Directed Experiences with Children. Introductory psychology and permission of instructor. A total of 6 credits of Psychology letter-graded experiential courses may be counted for the Psychology concentration. (3-4). (Excl). (EXPERIENTIAL). May be repeated for a total of 7 credits.
Section 101 Working with Children.
Directed experience with children aged eighteen months to five years at the University of Michigan's Children Center and Children's Center for Working Families for approximately eight to twelve hours per week on a regular basis. Seminar relating theoretical issues to applied practice is held every two weeks. No prerequisites required. Course is intended to introduce students to children in a child care setting. Cost:1 WL:5, Permission of instructor required for all students. (Sternberg)

350. Introduction to Developmental Psychology. Introductory psychology. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 255. (4). (SS).

This course provides an introduction to the milestones of human development from conception to death. We describe physical, cognitive, and social growth of normal children with special attention to various cultural contexts of development and the rich diversity of individuals. The content is primarily drawn from research and theories in developmental psychology. We hope that students can integrate their knowledge of psychology and their observations of human development with the content of this course. In addition, we will discuss implications for child-rearing, education, and social policy-making so that you can apply the knowledge to meaningful problems. WL:1 (Paris)

361. Advanced Laboratory in Organizational Psychology. Psych. 360. (4). (Excl). Satisfies a Psychology research-based laboratory requirement.

This advanced laboratory will cover several approaches to enhancing individual, group, and organizational effectiveness. We will focus on role analysis and negotiation, competencies of an effective consultant, impression management, group planning and decision making, diversity in workforce, and work redesign. The instructor will introduce each topic to the class members by giving a brief overview of the framework, lecture or workshop to provide some firsthand experience with the concepts and phenomena we are studying. Subsequently, the class will reflect on the presentation and discuss relevant readings, processes, and assignments. Finally, students (individually and in groups) will conduct field research projects, deliver class presentations, and complete written reports which will then be delineated in class. Cost:3 WL:1 (Beale)

372. Advanced Laboratory in Psychopathology. Psych. 370. (3). (Excl). Satisfies a Psychology research-based laboratory requirement.
Section 101.
Using readings, lectures, and projects, this course is designed to introduce students to various methods of research in psychopathology. Students will gain skills in the use and critical evaluation of current techniques with the goal of becoming more effective consumers and producers of clinical research. (Hansell)

Section 103 Alcoholism and Other Behavior Disorders in Community Settings, I. This course offers undergraduates the opportunity to participate in an ongoing community-based research program. The project involves detailed screening for alcohol problems among older adults attending primary health care clinics throughout Southeast Michigan. The study hopes to provide a better understanding of whether brief interventions for elderly patients with alcohol problems are effective. Also, we will attempt to determine which specific characteristics of individuals predict who will change their drinking behavior as a result of this intervention. In addition to 1.5 hours of class time each week, work involves participation in several aspects of the data collection phases of the project. The project requires approximately nine hours of time commitment per week. Ideally, students involved in this work should be able to enroll for a two-term sequence, taking Psychology 372 in Spring and Psychology 305 in Summer. Completion of both 372 and 305 will satisfy the Psychology Lab requirement. For further information, contact either Dr. Zucker or Dr. Blow at 998-7952. (Zucker)

380. Introduction to Social Psychology. Introductory psychology. (4). (SS).

This course introduces students to the field of social psychology by covering such basic theoretical concepts as social beliefs and social inference; conformity and power; altruism; aggression; interpersonal attraction; and persuasion. Material from each unit is applied to a variety of contemporary social and psychological concerns. Students are evaluated by means of exams and classroom contributions. Instructional methods include assigned readings, lectures, films, demonstrations, and weekly discussion sections. Cost:2 WL:1 (Hilton)

381/Soc. 472. Advanced Laboratory in Social Psychology. Stat. 402 and Psych. 380. (3). (Excl). Satisfies a Psychology research-based laboratory requirement.

Laboratory or field experiments emphasize the conditions of change in attitudes and behavior as a function of personal and group determinants.

390. Introduction to the Psychology of Personality. Introductory psychology. (4). (SS).

A selective overview of major theories of personality. The orientation is systematic rather than critical. The goal of instruction is to provide students with a mastery of the various concepts and their interrelationships within each theory as well as with an appreciation of their empirical bases and their heuristic values and limitations. The work of Skinner, Jung, Freud, Erikson, and Lewin is presented in lectures and readings. The major applications of each theory are presented and discussed. (Larsen)

488/Soc. 465. Sociological Analysis of Deviant Behavior. (3). (SS).

See Sociology 465. (McAllister)

501. Special Problems in Psychology as a Social Science. Introductory Psychology. Only 6 credits of Psych. 400, 401, 402, 500, 501, and 502 may be counted toward a concentration plan in psychology. (1-4). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of 12 credits.
Section 101 Health Psychology. (3 credits.)
This course provides an introduction to health psychology from a social psychological perspective. After a general introduction to the field of health psychology, its history and methods used, the first part of this course is concerned with the patients' perspective of health, illness and healthcare issues. Social psychological theories will be used to discuss the role of stress and coping, and the significance of social support systems for maintaining health and coping with pain, acute and chronic illness as well as with death, dying, and bereavement. A second part of this course is designed to study the health care provider from a social psychological perspective. Specific issues here are social information processing in the clinical context, especially clinical decision making, as well as issues around helping related behavior. Part 3 focuses on understanding the provider/patient interaction. Issues around power and powerlessness, cooperation/compliance with health care recommendations, cross cultural communication, treating patients from specific social groups, and health promotion will be discussed. Part 4 is concerned with the issues around working in a team. (Inglehart)

574. Clinical Psychology. Psych. 370 and psychology concentration. (3). (Excl).

This course provides an overview of the scientific and professional issues within the field of clinical psychology. General areas to be covered include: (a) psychological assessment, (b) forms of clinical intervention, (c) research on psychotherapy process and outcome, and (d) current professional issues. In addition, the roles of culture and gender within each of these areas will be explored, and specialty areas within the field (e.g., child clinical, clinical neuropsychology, health psychology) will be examined. (Nagata)

Independent Study/Directed Reading

The department of psychology offers several options for independent study/directed reading.

204. Individual Research and 206. Tutorial Reading. Arrangements may be made for adequately prepared students to undertake individual research or plans of study under the direction of a member of the staff. Students are provided with the proper section number by the staff member with whom the work has been arranged. Students are responsible for properly registering for this course.

505. Individual Research and 507. Tutorial Reading. Arrangements may be made for adequately prepared students to undertake individual research or plans of study under the direction of a member of the staff. Work in 505 must include the collection and analysis of data and a written report. Work in 507 provides an opportunity for further exploration of a topic of interest in Psychology. Faculty present a proposal for student work to the Department's Committee on Undergraduate Studies, which approves projects prior to registration.

The field practicum courses (Psych 404, 405, and 409) offer an opportunity to integrate experiential and academic work within the context of a field setting. Students make their own arrangements to work in various community agencies and organizations; meet regularly with a faculty sponsor to discuss their experiences; read materials which are relevant to their experiences; and create some form of written product that draws experiences together at the end of the term. Obtain materials as early as possible as it generally takes students some time to meet requirements necessary to register for the course. An override from a Psychology Department faculty member is required to register. Credits do not count for the concentration although courses may be used for experiential labs. PSYCHOLOGY 409 IS RESERVED FOR RESEARCH PRACTICA. Field Practicums and Psych 505, 507 have prerequisites of one of the following: Psychology 330, 340, 350, 360, 370, 380, or 390; and permission of instructor. A combined total of 6 credits of Psych. 505 and 507 may be included in a concentration plan in psychology.

The following limitations apply to Experiential and Directed Reading/Independent Study credit:

1. A maximum 15 credits of Experiential courses may be counted toward a degree; a maximum 8 credits may be earned from one project, and only one such Experiential project may be elected each term.

2. A combined total 30 credits of Experiential and Directed Reading/Independent Study courses may be counted in the 120 credits required for a degree.

3. Experiential and Independent courses are excluded from area distribution plans.


Summer 1997

111. Introduction to Psychology. Psych. 111 serves, as do Psych. 112 or 113, as a prerequisite for advanced courses in the department and as a prerequisite to concentration. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 112, 113, 114, or 115. Psych. 111 may not be included in a concentration plan in psychology. (4). (SS). Students in Psychology 111 are required to spend five hours outside of class participating as subjects in research projects.

This course provides a broad introduction to the field of psychology. During the term we will cover such topics as perception, development, physiology and behavior, personality, and social psychology. In addition, we will look at some of the metaphors and principles that have guided research and theory within psychology (e.g., the mind as computer; the role of the unconscious; the person as pleasure seeking; the role of nature and nurture). Cost:2

305. Practicum in Psychology. Introductory psychology. A total of 6 credits of Psychology letter-graded experiential courses may be counted for the Psychology concentration. (1-4). (Excl). (EXPERIENTIAL). May be repeated for a total of 6 credits.
Section 201 Field Work in Multicultural Communities. (3 credits).
This course is an experiential field course involving two visits per week to an African-American, Arab-American or Latino community in Detroit. Students will be assigned to work with community-based organizations on projects to improve the well being of children and families. Projects involve such activities as tutoring, developing outreach activities, assisting in child care settings, and working in community education projects. Internships will be supervised by the instructor and program staff. Transportation will be provided. Students will also attend a seminar meeting once a week to integrate theory with practice. That seminar time will be arranged at a time convenient to the students and the instructor.

Section 202 Alcoholism and Other Behavior Disorders in Community Settings, II. (3 credits). Prerequisite: Psychology 372. See Psychology 305.102 (Spring Term). (Zucker)

307. Directed Experiences with Children. Introductory psychology and permission of instructor. A total of 6 credits of Psychology letter-graded experiential courses may be counted for the Psychology concentration. (3-4). (Excl). (EXPERIENTIAL). May be repeated for a total of 7 credits.
Section 201 Working with Children.
See Psychology 307.101 (Spring Term). (Sternberg)

340. Introduction to Cognitive Psychology. Introductory psychology. (4). (NS). (BS).

A general introduction to cognitive psychology, serving as a prerequisite to advanced courses that treat various of the topics in greater depth. Topics covered include perception, learning, memory, language, imagery, reasoning, problem-solving, and decision-making. In covering these topics, relevant methods, data, and theory are reviewed. Historical and interdisciplinary aspects of many of these topics are touched upon.

370. Introduction to Psychopathology. Introductory psychology. (4). (SS).

This course covers such problems in living as substance abuse, anxiety, depression, and schizophrenia their psychological explanations and treatments. Weekly lectures. Grades are based on three multiple-choice and short-answer exams administered during regularly-scheduled lecture times. Textbook and a course pack are required reading. Sample exams and lecture notes are available as options. Class limit: 200 students. If the class is filled, please get on the WAITLIST through Touch-tone Registration! A good time will be had by all. Cost:2 (Peterson)

372. Advanced Laboratory in Psychopathology. Psych. 370. (3). (Excl). Satisfies a Psychology research-based laboratory requirement.
Section 201.
Using readings, lectures, and projects, this course is designed to introduce students to various methods of research in psychopathology. Students will gain skills in the use and critical evaluation of current techniques with the goal of becoming more effective consumers and producers of clinical research.

Section 202 Alcoholism and Other Behavior Disorders in Community Settings, I. This course offers undergraduates the opportunity to participate in an ongoing community-based research program. The project involves detailed screening for alcohol problems among older adults attending primary health care clinics throughout Southeast Michigan. The study hopes to provide a better understanding of whether brief interventions for elderly patients with alcohol problems are effective. Also, we will attempt to determine which specific characteristics of individuals predict who will change their drinking behavior as a result of this intervention. In addition to 1.5 hours of class time each week, work involves participation in several aspects of the data collection phases of the project. The project requires approximately nine hours of time commitment per week. Ideally, students involved in this work should be able to enroll for a two-term sequence, taking Psychology 372 in Summer and Psychology 305 in Fall. Completion of both 372 and 305 will satisfy the Psychology Lab requirement. For further information, contact either Dr. Zucker or Dr. Blow at 998-7952. (Zucker)

442. Perception, Science, and Reality. Introductory psychology. (3). (NS). (BS).

This course carries concentration credit for Psychology concentrators and natural science credit for non-Psychology concentrators. The course focuses on basic perceptual phenomena and theories. It also examines the general relationship between perception and scientific observation. Topics include: Sensory transduction and psychophysics, Gestalt organization, constancy and contrast effects, expectation, selective attention, perceptual learning, and symbolic representation. While the course is oriented toward the natural sciences, it also considers social, philosophical and aesthetic perspectives, since at its most general level, human perception concerns the questions of how and why human beings use sensory information to conceive of, and experience immediate reality the way they do. The instructor assumes no particular psychology background, and non-psychology concentrators are welcome. Grades will be determined on the basis of two short papers (each worth 30% of the grade) and one longer paper (worth 40% of the grade). Questions concerning this class can be e-mailed to Robert Pachella using pachella@umich.edu. Cost:2 WL:5 (Pachella)

558. Psychology of Adolescence. Psych. 350. (2-3). (Excl).
(3 credits).
Designed to educate the student about (1) the application of scientific inquiry to the domain of human behavior and development; (2) some principles of developmental and social psychology; and (3) the specific effects on human behavior of ADOLESCENCE, a period of rapid biological, psychological, and social change. Intended as a contribution to students' liberal education; to provide them with concepts which may enrich their appreciation of a broad range of scientific and cultural materials; and to help them lead more self-conscious lives. Approach to adolescence is biopsychosocial. Adolescence will be treated as a particular instance of interaction between physical, psychological and social development, centering about the attainment of adult sexuality, increasing cognitive skills, and preparation for taking adult roles in the individual's society. Students must already have successfully completed at least one course in child or lifespan development or in the socialization of the child. Evaluation will be based on written work: take-home essay examinations and a term paper. Readings will include a textbook, a course pack of theoretical and empirical papers on adolescence, and autobiographies. Cost:2 WL:1 (Gold)

Independent Study/Directed Reading

The department of psychology offers several options for independent study/directed reading. See the Spring Term listing.


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