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Michael Stoff, Director 305 East 23rd St, CLA 2.102, (G3600) Austin, TX 78712-1250 • 512-471-1442

Fall 2003

S S 301 • Honors Social Science: Psychology

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
40465 TTh
2:00 PM-3:30 PM
GAR 201

Course Description

Psychology is a discipline that is broadly concerned with the ways in which people perceive, understand, and interact with the world. As such, it addresses questions that range from the micro level of perception within the eye to the macro level of social interactions among people. The SS 301 in psychology is designed to introduce students to a representative range of the topics subsumed within this discipline. We will be taking a levels-of-explanation approach, in which we will simultaneously explore the biological, environmental, and cultural aspects of each of the selected problems. We will also specifically consider the ways in which psychology investigates these problems, in terms of both methodology and epistemology. The hope is that students will leave the SS 301 with an understanding not only of what psychology studies, but also of how and why.

About the professor: Wendy Domjan has a PhD in psychology from The University of Wisconsin, with specialties in perception and cognition. As a result of her children’s experiences in high school and college, she has developed an interest in alternative approaches to teaching and is currently piloting a program to incorporate interactive learning strategies into large psychology classes, a component of which involves teaching undergraduates to act as discussion and lab leaders for small sections of the larger class. She is a committed practicing Jew, who has taught both adults and kids in her synagogue, a community activist, a passionate reader of nearly everything, and a devoted fan of all forms of science fiction (especially Star Trek!).

Grading Policy

The exams will contribute 50% of the student’s final grade, 25% coming from each exam. The papers will contribute 40% of the student’s grade, each paper counting 10%. The remaining 10% will come from the student’s class participation.


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