PSYCH 120 - First-Year Seminar in Psychology as a Social Science
Fall 2021, 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
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
 In Person
11709
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0
4Y1
6Enrollment Management
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W 2:00PM - 5:00PM
002 (SEM)
 In Person
36553
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0
6Y1
6Enrollment Management
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F 9:00AM - 12:00PM
Note: Psych 120-002 meets in Pillsbury Room, floor 4M of East Hall. Use the Psych Church Street side Elevator to go to 4M. Elevator opens into classroom (Fall 2021).
003 (SEM)
 In Person
24764
Open
2
2Y1
6Enrollment Management
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M 9:00AM - 12:00PM
004 (SEM)
 In Person
22837
Closed
0
3Y1
6Enrollment Management
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M 1:00PM - 4:00PM
005 (SEM)
 In Person
21503
Closed
0
1Y1
6Enrollment Management
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MW 8:30AM - 10:00AM
006 (SEM)
 In Person
26085
Closed
0
3Y1
6Enrollment Management
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MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
010 (SEM)
 In Person
27429
Closed
0
1Y1
6Enrollment Management
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MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
011 (SEM)
 In Person
29683
Closed
0
2Y1
6Enrollment Management
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TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM

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