2008-09 Catalog

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Program Description

Interdisciplinary Psychology: From Science to Society

Revised Last Updated: 02/24/2009

Fall, Winter and Spring quarters

Faculty: Mark Hurst psychology

Faculty Signature Required: Students must meet with faculty and complete an application form, including a writing sample. Please contact Mark A. Hurst by e-mail (preferably) at hurstm@evergreen.edu or phone at 867-6624. Qualified students will be accepted until the program fills.

Major areas of study include psychology.

Class Standing: Sophomores or above; transfer students welcome.

Accepts Spring Enrollment: This program will accept new students Spring Quarter with Faculty Signature.

Note: This 8-credit program will meet on four intensive weekends from 6 to 10 p.m. on Fridays; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays. First class Spring Quarter will meet April 3 in Sem2 A1105. Each quarter builds on previous material, so the intention is for students to continue through the year.

Psychological science is in greater demand by many disciplines as the world becomes more complex. In this year-long program, students will explore the difference between the science and pseudoscience of human behavior and mental processes, as they: 1) examine the fundamental research behind individual, social and cultural human experience; 2) learn how this material is applied in public and private settings; and 3) develop personal strategies for application of this material across life domains (love, work, parenting, leisure, etc.), and in diverse disciplines (education, social services, business, government, criminal justice, medicine, etc.). This program is designed to foster comprehension of the material, enhance critical thinking, and build a skill base that can be applied in any setting.

During fall quarter, students will focus on the essential processes of the individual (i.e., cognition, emotion and behavior), as well as the concepts and theories that underlie social functioning (social identity, social cognition and influence, and interpersonal relations).

During winter quarter, students will explore the call for evidence-based practices in psychology as well as other disciplines and develop a knowledge and skill base in valid and reliable assessment, counseling theory, and consultation.

During spring quarter, students will invest in an experiential examination of what is right about the human experience. Much of the history of psychology has largely focused on “psychopathology” and all of its manifestations. However, over the last 10 years a movement has flourished within psychology to investigate the social science of life satisfaction (positive experience, positive character, and positive institutions and communities). While this was often relegated to the edges of the field, it appears to be in greater demand as people are striving to achieve pleasure, gratification and meaning from their lives.

We will use a variety of instructional strategies such as lectures, workshops, films, seminars, role-playing, group discussions, videotaping, field trips and guest lectures. The material covered in this program is relevant to daily living, as well as preparatory for careers and future studies across all disciplines.

Credits: 8 per quarter

Enrollment: 25

Books: www.tescbookstore.com

Program is preparatory for careers and future studies in psychology, education, human services, and management.

Planning Units: Society, Politics, Behavior and Change, 8-12 Credit Programs

Program Revisions

Date Revision
August 26th, 2008 Added location of first class
September 18th, 2008 Adjustment made to Special Expenses
December 18th, 2008 Winter Quarter classroom information added.
February 20th, 2009 Spring Special Expense eliminated.
February 23rd, 2009 Spring Quarter class location added.
February 24th, 2009 Spring Quarter enrollment details added.