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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 4, 2017
NW 3431
|    N/A
Carl Sagan: "Science is a way of thinking much more than a body of knowledge"

Instructor Contact Information

Email: Please use ONLY the 3309 Blackboard course message system to send me emails. Because there is the possibility for miscommunication, I will not respond to emails sent to jacksonj@douglascollege.ca.

Email availability: I will answer emails sent to me between Monday and Thursday (9 am to 5 pm). I will do my best to respond within 48 hours. If I do not respond, please email me again with a reminder. I will not answer emails sent on the weekend. If you have questions, please plan to ask them between Monday and Thursday of each week.

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.

Office hours : 4:30 to 6:00 on Tuesday. Room number NW 3431.

Required Reading Information

The readings are given below in the syllabus and on the readings page of this website. Readings include video lectures from a leading history of psychology text written by Schultz and Schultz.

There are also selected readings from important papers in the history of psychology. These papers are presented with instructor commentary throughout.

There are a number of videos to watch and audio files to listen to as well. The people featured in these videos and audio are very significant people in the history of psychology and philosophy. Some of the the videos have commentary from the instructor embedded in them.

Finally, there is a set of lectures written by the instructor. All the readings in the class are eligible as test material.

How Does The Course Work

This is an ONLINE course. This means you are responsible to engage in Online study, discussion and quiz writing. The syllabus details the weeks and days on which quizzes will be held and when Online discussion is required. Please read the syllabus carefully and watch the following "Introduction video 1".

Throughout the course there will be 3 multiple choice and SA exams. The syllabus indicates the weeks on which there will be an exam. All exams will be completed Online. Students will have 1 hour to complete each exam. Exam 1 is worth 15% and exams 2 and 3 are worth 20% each.

Answers to multiple choice questions are mostly found in the text material and answers to SA questions will be given in the lecture notes. There are 21 SA questions for the course. Please see the "learning objectives" document for the 21 questions. For each exam, I will randomly select 2 of the questions. It is HIGHLY recommended that you prepare your answers to these questions in advance. I am expecting 1 page, well-written, grammatically correct, thoughtful and factually correct answers to these questions.

There will also be 2 discussion questions. These questions and the associated discussion will be completed Online and are designed to engage you in serious discussion and debate about the Online readings. The syllabus and lecture summaries contain details about when the discussion questions are to be answered. Each discussion question is worth 10% of your course grade.

Students are required to complete 1 term assignment, worth 25% of the final course grade. This assignment is a group video presentation to the class. The presentation will be given as a group, put on video and uploaded to Blackboard. The presentation is 20 minutes long. Groups are of 4 students. Each student will present for 5 minutes. Videos are due in week 12 or week 13 of the course depending upon the question selected.

Groups are expected to engage in project discussion and development on Blackboard. Each group will create a Blackboard discussion thread in which all group members are expected to participate. Half of the project grade (12.5% of the course grade) is assigned to the input each student gives on this thread.

Week 1 - May 8-12th

Introduction to the course - Introduction video (note: some of the dates and details about the exams and group project in the introductory video have been changed since the video was made. There are now 3 exams in the course, not 2 as the video says, and you are now NOT required to meet with me for your group projects).

Lecture 1. Introduction to critical issues in psychology.

Introduce yourself Online to the class. See the "Discussions" tab on Blackboard in the main menu. Familiarize yourself with the course environment. Watch the introduction video and the "Blackboard Tutorials" (course main menu) if you need help.

Week 2 - May 15-19th

Lecture 2 - metaphysics, epistemology, rationalism, empiricism.

Reading: Chapters 1 & 2 Schultz and Schultz, metaphysics, epistemology

Week 3 - May 22-26th

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

Reading: Chapter 3 Schultz and Schultz

Week 4 - May 29-June 2nd

Discussion Question 1 - See week 3 lecture notes (Lecture 3). Due WEEK 4, 9:00 am Tuesday thru 7:00 pm Friday (May 30th to June 2nd)

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

Reading: Chapters 4, 5, 7, & 8 Schultz and Schultz

Week 5 - June 5-9th

Online Quiz 1

Exam 1 opens at 7pm on Tuesday June 6th and closes at 7pm on Thursday June8th. You may write the exam any time between these times/dates. You have 1 hour to complete the exam.

Readings - Schultz and Schultz, chapters 1 - 5, 7 & 8. Lecture notes 1-4.

SA Questions: 2, 10 marks each. MC Questions: 25, 1 mark each

Week 6 - June 12-16th

Lecture 5 - Behaviourism, Watson vs MacDougall debate.

Reading: Chapter 9, Schultz and Schultz. Watson vs. MacDougall debate


Week 7 - June 19-23rd

Lecture 6 - Operationism, positivism, behaviorism review, Pavlov, Skinner

Reading: Chapter 10 Schultz and Schultz

Week 8 - June 26-30th

Discussion Question 2 - See week 9 lecture notes (Lecture 6). Due WEEK 8, 9:00 am Tuesday thru 7:00 pm Friday (June 27th to June 30th)

Lecture 7 - Construct validity theory

Week 9 - July 3-7th

Lecture 8 - Cognitive psychology

Reading: Neisser

Week 10 - July 10-14th

Quiz 2 opens at 7pm on Tuesday July 11th and closes at 7pm on Thursday July 13th. You may write the quiz any time between these times/dates. You have 45 minutes to complete the quiz.

Online Quiz 2

Readings - Schultz and Schultz, chapters 9 & 10. Watson vs MacDougall debate, Cronbach and Meehl, Neisser, lectures 5-8. SA Questions: 2, 10 marks each. MC Questions: 25, 1 mark each

Week 11 - July 17-21st. NOTE: I will be away this week and have no email access. Please plan accordingly.

Lecture 9 - The "What Is It" Problem, The OLV, Wittgenstein, Baker and Hacker.

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

Week 12 - July 24-28th


Lecture 10 - How what we have learned in the course relates to the question of the nature of depression.

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

Week 13 - July 31-August 4th

Group Presentations - Online video to be submitted by each group. Due on Friday at noon of this week.

See the readings page. Note: some review from lecture 10.



Week 14 - August 7th

Online Quiz 3

Readings - Lectures 9 & 10. Readings for weeks 11- 13. SA Questions: 2, 10 marks each. MC Questions: 25, 1 mark each

Quiz 3 opens at 7pm on Tuesday August 8th and closes at 7pm on Thursday August 10th. You may write the quiz any time between these times/dates. You have 45 minutes to complete the quiz.

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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