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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
|    May 7, 2019
NW 3428
|    3:30-6:20 Tues
Carl Sagan: "Science is a way of thinking much more than a body of knowledge"

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 2:30-3:30 pm or by appointment.

Office number: NW 3428.

Classroom: NW 3302, 3:30-6:20 Tuesday

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.

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 reading.

Throughout the course there will be 3 multiple choice and SA tests. The syllabus indicates the weeks on which there will be a test. The first two tests will be completed in person, Test 3 will be completed online. Students will have the full 2 hours of class to complete the tests and 45 minutes to complete test 3 online. Students are allowed to bring in to test 1 and 2 a single sheet of 8.5x11 paper with any notes they would like written on it. Tests 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 test, 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 30% of the final course grade. This assignment is a video group presentation. The presentation will be givenin video format and submitted on Blackboard. The video presentation must be no more than 30 minutes long. Groups are of 4 students. Each student will present for 7 minutes. A Power-Point presentation is to be clearly shown and spoken to in the video presentation.

Week 1 - May 7th

Lecture 1 - In person

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

Reading: Chapter 1, Schultz and Schultz, Power-Point

Week 2 - May 14th

Lecture 2 - In person

Lecture 2 - Metaphysics, epistemology, rationalism, empiricism.

Reading: Chapter 2, Schultz and Schultz, metaphysics, epistemology, Power-Point

Week 3 - May 21st

Lecture 3 - In person

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

Reading: Chapter 3, Schultz and Schultz, Power-Point

Week 4 - May 28th

Lecture 4 - In person

Lecture 4 - Weber, Fechner, JND, Schools of thought in psychology, Wundt, Structuralism.

Reading: Chapters 4 & 5 Schultz and Schultz, Power-point

Week 5 - June 4th

Lecture 5 - In Person

Lecture 5 - Titchener, Functionalism, James. Test 1 review.

Reading: Chapter 7 Schultz and Schultz, Power-point


Week 6 - June11th

Test 1

Readings - Schultz and Schultz, chapters 1 - 5, 7. Metaphysics, epistemology.

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

Week 7 - June 18th

Lecture 6 - In Person

Lecture 6 - Behaviorism, Watson, Pavlov, Skinner, operationism, positivism. Group Projects.

Reading: Chapters 8 - 10, Schultz and Schultz, Power-point

Week 8 - June 25th

Lecture 7 - Online + Group meetings

Lecture 7 - Watson vs MacDougall debate. "Reading Check" 1 on Blackboard. Open between 6:30 pm June 25th and 7:30 pm June 27th.

Reading: Watson vs. MacDougall debate

Week 9 - July 2nd

Lecture 8 - In person

Lecture 8 - Cognitive psychology, Cronbach and Meehl. Quiz 2 review.

Reading: Neisser, Power-point


Week 10 - July 9th

Lecture 9 - Online + Group meetings

Lecture 9 - Cronbach and Meehl, CV Theory. "Reading Check" 2 on Blackboard. Open between 6:30 pm July 9th and 7:30 pm July 11th.

Reading: Cronbach and Meehl

Week 11 - July 16th

Test 2 - 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 12 - July 23rd

Lecture 10 - In person

Lecture 10 - The four methods of adressing the "what is it" problem. The ordinary language view. Application to the problem of the nature of mental disorder. Are they illnesses?

Reading: Baker and Hacker, Hacker in Holland, Hacker in Oxford, The "What Is It" Lecture, Power-point

Week 13 - July 30th

Lecture 11 - In person

Lecture 11 - Thomas Szasz, Dr James Davies, Dr Joanna Moncrieff

Readings: Szasz interviews, chapter 1 of Mad Science, Szasz Critique, What are mental illnesses Power-point

Week 14 - August 6th

Lecture 12 - In person

Lecture 12 - Rat in the box, GPI, Schizophrenia, inteligence vs IQ, test 3 review.

Readings: See readings page

Final Assignment: To be submitted on Blackboard no later than midnight, Tuesday August 6th.

Week 15 - August 13th

ONLINE Test 3 (Final Exam) - Test 3 opens at 7:30 pm on August 13th and closes on August 15th at 7:30 pm. Test time is 45 minutes.

Readings - Szasz interviews, chapter 1 of Mad Science, Hacker interviews, Baker and Hacker paper, all weeks 12, 13 and 14 videos and readings.

SA Questions: 3, 10 marks each.

MC Questions: 20, 1 mark each.

Assignments & Quizzes Late Policy

The video assignment is due on Blackboard, August 6th at midnight. Late assignments will receive a penalty of 20% per day late including weekends/holidays. The instructor reserves the right to refuse to accept late assignments. Assignments will not be accepted more than 2 days 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.


Final grades wil be submitted to the registrar at 9:00 am on August 23rd. You may contact me after that date and time for a breakdown of and questions about your course grades.

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