PSYCH 401 - Special Problems in Psychology as a Social Science
Winter 2023, Section 011 - Racism and Psychology
Instruction Mode: Section 011 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Psychology (PSYCH)
Department: LSA Psychology
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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:
Start/End Date:
Full Term 1/4/23 - 4/18/23 (see other Sections below)
NOTE: Drop/Add deadlines are dependent on the class meeting dates and will differ for full term versus partial term offerings.
For information on drop/add deadlines, see the Office of the Registrar and search Registration Deadlines.

Description

Collective action refers to political action taken together by a group of people whose goal is to achieve a common objective (e.g., workers organizing strikes for better working conditions, students organizing protests to advocate for more inclusive curricula). Collective action movements are ubiquitous, they happen globally and have happened throughout most (if not all) of human history. What psychological factors drive individuals to participate in collective action movements? In this course, we will discuss different social psychological perspectives that seek to understand why people do (or do not) participate in collective action movements. Specifically,
over the span of four modules we will discuss:

  1. how the social groups people are part of influence their collective action behaviors;
  2. the barriers and facilitators to forming collective action coalitions among members of different social groups;
  3. how the ideologies people endorse influence their support for collective action to either challenge inequality or to maintain the status quo; and
  4. whether knowledge about systemic oppression can motivate people to participate in collective action to challenge inequality.

Since collective action does not occur in a vacuum but is instead embedded within a social and historical context, in each module we will also discuss examples of collective action movements in society and perspectives from activists who organized collective action movements. These
socio-historical connections will encourage us to explore how findings from psychological science can be applied to real-world phenomena and what psychological science gains from being situated within real-world contexts.

Course Requirements:

Students are expected to actively participate in class discussions and be attentive during lectures.

  • Each student is required to lead one class discussion during the semester which requires collecting and synthesizing discussion questions from other students and facilitating a productive discussion.
  • There will be one research proposal paper due at the end of the semester where students are required to propose their own research idea related to the class topics (4-6pg paper).
  • There will also be a research idea assignment and research proposal outline assignment over the course of the semester to better prepare students for their research proposal.

Class Format:

The course will meet twice per week for 1.5 hour sessions. The first session each week will be a lecture to introduce the week’s topic, synthesize the assigned readings, and relate them to other relevant perspectives. The second session will be led by a different student each week, who will collect discussion questions from other classmates, synthesize them, and lead a class discussion.

Course readings will consist of psychology journal articles, supplementary news articles, excerpts from books, podcasts, and videos. All reading materials will be provided, students are NOT required to purchase any reading materials for this course.

Schedule

PSYCH 401 - Special Problems in Psychology as a Social Science
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
 In Person
22658
Closed
0
 
3
MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
1/4/23 - 4/18/23
002 (SEM)
 In Person
34395
Closed
0
 
9
Th 2:00PM - 5:00PM
1/4/23 - 4/18/23
004 (SEM)
 In Person
21955
Closed
0
 
38
MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
1/4/23 - 4/18/23
005 (SEM)
 In Person
32357
Closed
0
 
-
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
1/4/23 - 4/18/23
006 (SEM)
 In Person
24504
Closed
0
 
 
45
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
1/4/23 - 4/18/23
Note: Psych 401-006 - The Science of Happiness: This class is NOT available to students who have previously taken Psych 314 or Psych 476 Positive Psychology.
007 (SEM)
 In Person
34544
Closed
0
 
2
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
1/4/23 - 4/18/23
011 (SEM)
 In Person
35267
Open
8
 
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TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
1/4/23 - 4/18/23
Note: Topic Title: Racism & Psychology (Winter 2023).
013 (SEM)
 In Person
31715
Open
6
 
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TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
1/4/23 - 4/18/23
014 (SEM)
 In Person
31716
Closed
0
 
21
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
1/4/23 - 4/18/23
Note: Topic Title: Psychological Perspectives on Casual Sex and Hooking Up (Winter 2023).
020 (LEC)
 In Person
36608
Open
3
 
1
MW 8:30AM - 10:00AM
1/4/23 - 4/18/23
Note: PSYCH 401-020 meets in LEC RM 2 MLB (Winter 2023).
021 (DIS)
 In Person
36609
Closed
0
 
1
Tu 9:00AM - 10:00AM
1/4/23 - 4/18/23
Note: PSYCH 401-021 meets in NQ1185 (Winter 2023).
022 (DIS)
 In Person
36610
Closed
0
 
-
Tu 10:00AM - 11:00AM
1/4/23 - 4/18/23
Note: PSYCH 401-022 meets in NQ1245 (Winter 2023).
023 (DIS)
 In Person
36611
Open
3
 
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Tu 12:00PM - 1:00PM
1/4/23 - 4/18/23
Note: PSYCH 401-023 meets in MLB2011 (Winter 2023).

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