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Welcome to Critical Issues in Psychology. From this page you can access all the information you will need to complete the course. Links are available to course lecture templates, selected lecture notes, readings, learning objectives, and instructor contact information. I hope you enjoy the course. Jeremy Jackson

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The Course Syllabus......
Jeremy Jackson
|    Jan 2, 2019
NW 3431
New Westminster
Instructor Contact Information

Email: metrixconsulting@shaw.ca.

Email Availability: Please ask substantive questions in class or in my office hours. Email me for emergencies or issues that can not be addressed in class or in my office hours.

Office hours: Tuesday 2:30-4:00 and Wednesday 11:30-12:30.

Office number: NW 3431.

Classroom: NW 3410, 12:30-3:20 Wednesday

Email Requirements : All emails should include: 1) Your name, student number and the number of the course you are enrolled in, 2) A salutation such as "Hello Dr Jackson....", 3) An appropriate ending to the email thanking the person for their time in considering your request.

Required Text Information

Text material is in both written text and online format. The textbook is available in the bookstore under the course number. It looks like this:


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Weekly textbook and online readings are given on the "Readings" page of this website. The link is given at the top of each page.

How Does The Course Work

This is a hybrid course. This means you are responsible to attend in-person lectures and engage in Online reading and quizzes. The syllabus details the weeks and days on which in-person classes will be held and when Online work is required. Early in the course we will be doing mostly in-person lectures and activities. As the course progresses we will transition to some Online discussion and reading.

Throughout the course there will be 3 multiple choice and SA quizzes. The syllabus indicates the weeks on which there will be a quiz. The first two quizzes will be completed in person, Quiz 3 will be completed online. Students will have the full 2 hours of class to complete the quizzes and 45 minutes to complete Quiz 3 online. Students are allowed to bring in to quiz 1 and 2 a single sheet of 8.5x11 paper with any notes they would like written on it. Quizzes are worth 20% each.

There will also be 2 "reading check" Online MC quizzes. These quizzes will be completed Online and are designed to assess your knowledge of the Online readings assigned for the week. The syllabus and lecture summaries contain detailsabout when the quizzes can be written. Each quiz is worth 5% of your course grade.

Answers to multiple choice questions are mostly found in the text material and answers to SA questions will be given in class. There are 21 SA questions for the course. Please see the "learning objectives" document for the 21 questions. For each quiz, I will randomly select 2 of the questions. I am expecting 1 page, well-written, grammatically correct, thoughtful and factually correct answers to these questions.

Students are required to complete 1 term assignment, worth 25% of the final course grade. This assignment is a VIDEO group presentation. The presentation will be handid in with an associated power-point on Blackboard. The presentation is 30 minutes long. Groups are of 4 students. Each student will present for 7 minutes. 5% of the course grade will be assigned to participation/attendance at week 13 and 14 lectures.

Week 1 - Jan 2nd

Lecture 1 - In person

Lecture 1 - Introduction to the course: Required materials, reading, assignments, introduction to critical issues.

Lecture 1: Summary

Reading: Chapter 1, Schultz and Schultz

Week 2 - Jan 9th

Lecture 2 - In person

Lecture 2 - Metaphysics, epistemology, rationalism, empiricism.

Lecture 2: Summary, Power_Point

Reading: Chapter 2, Schultz and Schultz, metaphysics, epistemology

Week 3 - Jan 16th

Lecture 3 - In person

Lecture 3 - Philosophy of Science, the Mill's, the mind-body problem, psychophysics.

Lecture 3: Summary, Power-Point

Reading: Chapter 3, Schultz and Schultz

Week 4 - Jan 23rd

Lecture 4 - In person

Lecture 4 - Weber, Fechner, JND, Wundt, Structuralism, Titchener, Functionalism, James.

Lecture 4: Summary

Reading: Chapters 4, 5 Schultz and Schultz

Week 5 - Quiz 1, Jan 30th

Readings - Schultz and Schultz, chapters 1 - 5. Metaphysics, epistemology.

SA Questions: 2, 10 marks each. MC Questions: 30, 1 mark each. Eligible learning objectives questions: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.


Week 6 - Feb 6th

Lecture 5 - In Person

Lecture 5 - Pavlov, Skinner, Behaviourism, operationism, positivism, Power-Point

Reading: Chapters 7, 8 - 10, Schultz and Schultz.

Week 7 - Feb 13th

Lecture 6 - Online

Lecture 6 - Watson vs MacDougall debate. "Reading Check" 1 online. Open between Feb 13th and Feb 17th.

Reading: Watson vs. MacDougall debate, Power-Point on Behaviorism, operationism and positivism

Week 8 - Feb 20th

No class - Reading Break

Week 9 - Feb 27th

Lecture 7 - In person

Lecture 7 - Construct validity theory. "Reading Check" 2 online. Open between Mar 7th and Mar 13th.

Lecture 7: Summary

Reading: Cronbach and Meehl, Power-Point on Construct Validity Theory

Week 10 - Quiz 2, Mar 6th

Readings - Schultz and Schultz, chapters 8 - 10. Watson vs MacDougall paper, Cronbach and Meehl paper.

SA Questions: 2, 10 marks each. MC Questions: 30, 1 mark each

Week 11 - Mar 13th

Lecture 8 - In Person

Lecture 8 - The what is it problem and the ordinary language view.

Lecture 8: Summary

Reading: Baker and Hacker, Hacker in Holland, Hacker in Oxford

Week 12 - Mar 20th

Lecture 9 - In person

Lecture 9 - Metaphysics vs operationism vs CV theory vs the OLV. Application to the problem of the nature of mental disorder. Are they illnesses?

Lecture 9: Summary

Readings: Szasz interviews, chapter 1 of Mad Science, Szasz Critique

Week 13 - Mar 27th

Lecture 10 - In person

Description of the DSM V approach to classifying mental disorder? What is the controversy about the DSM system?

What does fmri and mri research show us about the nature of ADHD?

What is the known relative effect of psychotherapy, and medication on depression and how is this related to the severity of depression?

Discussion of the history of neurosyphilis. What does this tell us about the nature of schizophrenia, for instance?



Week 14 - April 3rd

Lecture 11 - In person

The chemical imbalance theory of mental disorder. What is the evidence in support of it? Why is there debate about this issue?

Is Residential School Syndrome a disorder? What would the authors of "The Circle Game" say?

Characterize the position of Thomas Szasz on mental disorder. What is his concern?

What is IQ and what is intelligence? If one group of people has a lower IQ than another, are they less intelligent? Address this question from the point of view of Aristotle's method, operationism, CV Theory and the OLV.


Week 15 - April 10th

ONLINE Quiz 3 - Quiz opens at 7:30 pm on April 10th and closes on April 13th at 7:30 pm. Quiz time is 45 minutes.

Readings - Szasz interviews, chapter 1 of Mad Science, Hacker interviews, Baker and Hacker paper, all weeks 13 and 14 videos and readings.

SA Questions: 3, 10 marks each. 1 from group presentations, 2 from the learning objectives.

MC Questions: 20, 1 mark each. 5 to be taken from student presentations.

Assignments & Quizzes Late Policy

Late assignments will receive a penalty of 5% per day late including weekends/holidays. The instructor reserves the right to refuse to accept late assignments. Assignments will not be accepted more than 1 week past the date and time given above. Failure to hand in the assignment may result in automatic failure in the course as the assignment is a required course element.

All quizzes are to be completed in class. ONLY MEDICAL extensions are accepted for quizzes. Supporting medical documentation must be provided for a missed quiz.

Academic Dishonesty - Plagiarism & Cheating

Cheating , which includes plagiarism, occurs where a student or group of students uses or attempts to use unauthorized aids, assistance, materials or methods. Cheating is a serious educational offense.

Plagiarism occurs where the student represents the work of another person as his or her own. Douglas College condemns all forms of cheating.

The college will discipline students found to be cheating. Discipline may include:

1. a grade of zero may be awarded for the affected assignment, test, paper, analysis, etc.;

2. a failing grade may be assigned in the affected course;

3. referral to the College President for the assignment of discipline, which may include suspension from the college.

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