W40 Interpersonal Relationships. This class investigates interpersonal relationships—particularly one-to-one relationships—by examining their initiation, development, and patterns of interaction. Questions that will guide our inquiry include: 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 requirement in the Psychology major. A. Shoemaker. 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
W80 Knowing Yourself: The Psychology 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 or minor. Prerequisite: Psychology 151. J. Brink, G. Weaver. 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
W81 Movies & Mental Illness. From the advent of the motion picture industry, movies have attempted to capture the essence of human affect, behavior, and cognition. This course focuses on the attempts of the movie industry to capture the essence of mental illness. The course is divided into two parts. The first part of the course will trace historical changes in the understanding of mental illness and the perspective on the mentally ill and those who treat them, and in so doing emphasize how movies reflect the Zeitgeist of broader western culture. The second part will focus on various emotional disorders, emphasizing symptoms and perspectives on the development and the treatment of these disorders. Students view a variety of movies and are involved in critiquing them regarding perspective, accuracy, and realism. The goal is 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 and minor. Prerequisite: Psychology 212 or equivalent. R. S. Stehouwer. 8:30 a.m. to noon.