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emotion, motivation, personality/self, biological systems (brain/nervous system, endocrine),
social relationships (peers and family). Includes discussions of research methods particular to
lifespan research, genetic-environment interactions, prenatal development, and
dying/bereavement. (Social Science)

255-265. Topics in Psychology
Selected topics of current interest in psychology. See Topics Courses. (Social Science)

274. Social Psychology
An examination of the thoughts, feelings, and behaviors of individuals within their social
environment. Topics will include: conformity, propaganda, persuasion, social cognition, self-
justification, human aggression, prejudice, attraction, and loving relationships. Emphasis will be
placed on critically examining experimentally-derived theories and testing them within
naturalistic settings. This will involve data collection off-campus on a weekend. (Social Science)

276. Multicultural Psychology
An examination and critique of psychological knowledge from a multicultural perspective.
Topics include: the social construction of Western psychology; cultural variations in concepts of
personality, intelligence, human development, social behavior, gender, and abnormal behavior;
research methodology issues; culture and communication; and psychological perspectives on
oppression, prejudice, and racism. (Social Science)

277. Child Development
Physiological, cognitive, social, and cultural influences on development from conception
through middle childhood. Emphasis on building an integrated picture of child development
and an appreciation of how theory and data can be applied to the analysis of practical issues.
Fifteen to twenty hours of observation in daycares/preschools. Students must provide their own
transportation. Prerequisite: PSY 161. (Social Science)

278. Adolescence
Investigation of research on biological, cognitive, and cultural influences on adolescent
development. Includes the impact of family, peers, school, media, and work, as well as identity,
gender, and sexuality development. Also includes a discussion of problem behaviors (e.g., eating
disorders, juvenile delinquency, alcohol use/abuse) often associated with adolescence. Course
involves application of research findings to individual cases. Suggested Prerequisite: PSY 161.
(Social Science)

279. Personality Theories
Survey of major research and theoretical approaches to personality, including psychodynamic,
humanistic, learning, cognitive, and dispositional theories. Research evidence and theoretical
consistency/usefulness concerning each approach. Current issues and debates. (Social Science)

280. Internship: See Additional Academic Programs, All-College Independent Study Courses
280/380.

282. Abnormal Psychology
Etiology, dynamics, and treatment of mental disorders. Problems of diagnosis, prevention, and
therapy in relation to such disturbances as transient and long-term reactions to stress,
depression, anxiety disorders, addictions, schizophrenia, somatoform and dissociative

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