W40 Interpersonal Relationships. This class will investigate interpersonal relationships—particularly one-to-one relationships—by examining their initiation, development, and patterns of interaction. Examples of questions we will be discussing are: How honest are we with others about who we really are? Why do we hesitate to let others know us at a deeper level? How can we most effectively listen to others? How does one’s self-esteem impact relationship skills? How important are first impressions? Are some approaches to dating more “Christian” than others? How do we know if we are truly in love? How can we heal broken relationships? The initiation, breaking, and restoration of relationships is an example of the Creation/Fall/Redemption theme that will be developed in this course. Evaluation is based upon quizzes, journals, and class participation. This course may fulfill an elective in the Psychology major. A. Shoemaker. 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
W80 European History of Psych and Religion. This off-campus, European, dual-discipline course will involve the investigation of sites, museums, archives, and institutes of those individuals who created and contributed to the fields of experimental, clinical and cognitive psychology. The best way to understand these famous scientists and their contributions to psychology is to see where they lived, breathed and worked, thereby permitting a greater appreciation of how their contexts shaped their viewpoints and their theories. Our students’ immersion in the birthplaces of these distinctive schools of psychological thought will help them integrate different areas of psychology in order to form a deep appreciation for the roots of these fascinating fields of psychology. Texts include original readings (translated) by Wundt, Freud, Jung, and Piaget. Additionally, the origins of these “fathers of psychology” are in cities in which the Church Reformers lived and worked, thereby allowing students the opportunity to experience reformation history where it happened. Aspects of reformation history we will investigate include: the Reformation museum in Geneva, Zwingli in Zürich, the Heidelberg Catechism in Heidelberg and the Anglican Church in London. Selected Reformation texts are also included in the readings. Through this experience, we expect our students to articulate the central concept contributions of each psychologist and reformer studied, but more importantly, understand how the cultural and historical context shaped these theoretical perspectives and what that means for a student of psychology and religion today. Student cumulative learning in the course will be evaluated on active engagement in daily group discussions of required readings and site visits, daily reflective journal entries and a final presentation and paper summarizing their personal learning objectives. This course may fulfill an elective in the Psychology major. Prerequisites: PSYC 151 and REL 121 or 131. Course dates: January 6-26. Fee: $3580. B. Riek, J. Yonker. Off campus.
W81 Knowing Yourself: The Psych of Self Understanding. This course is an introduction to contemporary theories and research about how people come to know and evaluate themselves and how self-judgments influence our emotions, actions, and aspirations. How can an individual’s self-concept and self-esteem be assessed? What are the limits and distortions of self-understanding? How does one’s self-concept originate and develop? How do people seek to maintain stable self conceptions and enhance their self-esteem? How does self-understanding contribute to the way we deal with anxiety, depression, and personal failure? What dynamics contribute to the disintegration of self? The course includes readings, lectures, class discussions, films, and personal reflection on one’s own self-concept. Students are required to take two written tests and to complete a narrative life history that demonstrates their ability to use appropriate principles and concepts from the course. This course is not open to students who have taken or plan to take Psychology 311. This course may fulfill an elective in the Psychology major and minor. Prerequisite: PSYC 151. J. Brink, G. Weaver. 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
W82 Movies and Mental Illness. From The Three Faces of Eve, to The Silence of the Lambs, to What About Bob? Through various films in the horror genre, film has attempted to capture the essence of psychopathological affect, behavior, and cognition. This course traces concepts of psychopathology as presented in film. The focus is on various psychological disorders, emphasizing symptoms and perspectives of causation. Students view a variety of films that attempt to exemplify these disorders. The films are critiqued on accuracy and realism. The goal is to acquaint students with various psychological disorders and to develop critical-thinking skills in viewpoint film portrayals of psychological disorders. Students are evaluated on the basis of a group project and final paper. This course may fulfill an elective in the Psychology major. Prerequisite: PSYC 151, and 212 or equivalent. R.S. Stehouwer. 8:30 a.m. to noon.