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Term Assignment......
Jeremy Jackson
|    Jan 4, 2017
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Jeremy Jackson: "Life is a group project"



GROUP MEMBERSHIP: 4 students per group.


Exact dates given in the syllabus - weeks 13 and 14 of the course.

LATE PENALTIES: Late oral presentations will not be accepted.

TOPIC: Choose one critical issue from the list below. Each group is required to develop an oral presentation and associated Power-Point. The "Description" section below covers the general topic areas that should be addressed.

GETTING STARTED: Get in contact with students you might like to work with. Form a group of 4 students. Once you have formed a group, pick a question from the list below that you would like to work on as a group, name your group, and inform the instructor of the members of your group and the question you have chosen.


If highlighted in orange, the question is already taken.

    1. Describe the DSM V approach to classifying mental disorder? What is the controversy about the DSM system?
    2. What does fmri and mri research show us about the nature of ADHD?
    3. What is the known relative effect of psychotherapy, and medication on depression and how is this related to the severity of depression?
    4. Discuss the history of neurosyphilis. What does this tell us about the nature of schizophrenia, for instance?
    5. Describe the chemical imbalance theory of mental disorder. What is the evidence in support of it? Why is there a debate about this issue?
    6. Is Residential School Syndrome a disorder? What would the authors of "The Circle Game" say?
    7. Characterize the position of Thomas Szasz on mental disorder. What is his concern?
    8. 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.



In your presentation, describe the issue and the currently accepted/practiced view on the position. Discuss other major competing views. Describe the significant points upon which the views differ. Suggest a possible way forward or solution to the problem.

In the oral presentation, one member of each group may wish to address one of the four topics outlined below.

    1. What is the critical issue?
    2. What is the standard or accepted view on the issue? What are the data that support the view? 
    3. What are the other, competing views on the issue? How do the competing views differ from the standard view?
    4. What is a possible way forward? Is there a solution to the debate?


ASSIGNMENT OF MARKS: The assignment is worth 25% of your course grade and will consist of 2 parts: oral presentation (worth 15%) , and Power-Point presentation (worth 10%). Make sure your individual contribution to the Power-Point is clearly indicated.


The majority of each individual’s oral presentation mark will be assigned based upon the quality of his/her individual performance on the oral component of the assignment. Part of the oral grade will be assigned to the integration of the work of each member of the group. That is, how well the presentation flows as a single unit and how well the group worked together to support each other in the presentation.

The presentation should be as follows:

1. LENGTH:   Maximum of 20 minutes. Take this seriously. Practice our presentation to ensure that you can meet the 20 minute cut-off.

2. STYLE: No format restrictions.

3. SOURCES: Each group is required to use a minimum of 10 primary-source, peer-reviewed academic articles, videos or audio recordings. The use of additional sources (other articles, books, websites, etc.) is strongly recommended.

At the end of your Power-Point, include a slide that contains references.

4. SUBMISSION: Hand in your Power-Point to the instructor before your presentation in class.

5. INSTRUCTOR MEETING: All groups are required to meet with the instructor to go over their specific topic area. Set a time to meet with the instructor starting no earlier than week 7 and ending no later than week 10. These meetings will be of approximately 45 minutes in length. Attendance is required from all members of the group.



Further instructions will be given in class.



Oh and have fun...these are fascinating questions that you may well have to deal with directly at some point in your future (or perhaps you have already dealt with them!).


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