Honors 499D: Psychology and Social Issues
Instructor: Bonnie Strickland, Professor Emeritus of Psychology.
Mtg. Pattern: MON 2:30-5:00 p.m.
Students will meet in seminar format with the professor on Mondays 2:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m. An additional time block is reserved on Wednesdays 2:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m. for small group discussions and individual conversations.
This is a 6-credit, one-semester honors thesis seminar. No pre-requisites, open to all senior and junior Commonwealth Honors College students. Open to registration on SPIRE. Students from all majors are encouraged to enroll.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: The main priority for this course is the completion of a Multidisciplinary thesis. Subject matter in the course will cover a wide range of issues and the ways in which psychology is related to them. Such topics may include racial division in the country, climate change, the effect of social technologies on everyday life, health care in this country, immigration, gender inequalities, the justice system, social class and poverty, income inequalities or other social issues.
Occasionally, we will have guest speakers but usually a group of three students will prepare for two of each of the topics.
This course is offered for students who wish to complete a thesis in one semester. Your thesis can be on any topic of your choosing but should be one in which you are passionately interested -- subject matter about which you want to know more. In addition to learning the content required in the course, you are also expected to be an informed and responsible student. You should honor your commitment to this class with your prompt attendance and effective completion of responsibilities.
Scholarly learning depends heavily on individual sensitivities and personal reactions. An affective understanding of one's responsiveness to and impact on others is important in becoming a mature and competent adult.
All class members are expected to involve themselves thoughtfully and respectfully in the class. All of our class discussions and conversations are confidential.