PSYCH 402 - Special Problems in Psychology
Winter 2023, Section 001 - History of Biopsychology: Uncovering Our Biases
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Psychology (PSYCH)
Department: LSA Psychology
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Enforced Prerequisites:
One of the following: PSYCH 111, 112, 114, or 115.
Advisory Prerequisites:
One of the following: PSYCH 230, 240, 250, 260, 270, 280, or 290.
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.
May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credit(s).
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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.
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This course is designed to help you examine the history of biopsychology with a critical lens, investigating some of the biases inherent in its development. We will focus on hurdles experienced by Black biopsychologists and women in the field, as well as historical influences on our understanding of disability, mental health, and the gender/sex binaries. 

Course Requirements:

This will be a discussion-based course, with your grade evaluated based on participation in class, weekly discussion posts related to the readings, leading class discussions in groups, and completing a final project. There will be no required textbooks or additional costs.


PSYCH 402 - Special Problems in Psychology
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
 In Person
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
1/4/23 - 4/18/23
Note: Topic Title: History of Biopsychology: Uncovering Our Biases (Winter 2023).
002 (SEM)
 In Person
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
1/4/23 - 4/18/23
Note: Psych 402-002 meets in the Pillsbury Room, East Hall. Take the elevator near the Church St entrance to floor "4M" (Winter 2023).

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