RELG 2400 Religion and the Arts (3) (THAI) Studies the important interrelationships of the arts and world religions. The use of the visual and allied arts for communication and edification has been a primary concern both positive — e.g. the glorification of Rome during the counter-reformation — and negative — e.g. the Islamic proscription of images — for all religions. May be repeated for credit if content differs. RELG 3050 Topics in Religion and Philosophy (3) (ATH) Studies philosophical reflections on religion, including analysis of claims and concepts used to support or challenge religious beliefs. May focus on philosophers, such as Camus, Dewey, Nietzsche, Otto or Whitehead, or on topics, using arguments from classical, European, American and Asian sources. May be repeated for credit if content differs. SCIN 1030 Science in the News (ATH, LEID) This course helps students develop, as responsible global citizens in the 21st century, the knowledge and skills necessary for making informed ethical judgments about issues related to the physical and natural world as presented through science news and media. Students will draw on a rich variety of sources in science journalism and make use of a dialogical ethical reasoning methodology to analyze social, political, and ethical policies; weigh values; and make informed judgments about issues such as human evolution, genomic medicine, climate change, and clean energy. GCP Coding: (PNW) (ETH) SCIN 1210 Water: The World’s Most Valuable Resource (4) (GVA, THAI) Water concerns are one of the most important and controversial global issues of the 21st century. As evidence, recent years have witnessed: critical shortages of, and limited access to, water used for drinking and agricultural production; increasing incidents of local communities struggling with corporate control over water resources; difficulties for poorer human populations related to water-borne diseases; and significant increases in the cost of water through utilities. Many factors have contributed to this global water crisis, including: environmental conditions; governmental policies; political conflict; corporate and community interests; market forces and international trade; conventional agricultural practices; and socio- cultural beliefs, values, and behaviors. In a seminar format, this course will explore the role that these factors have played in contributing to our current water challenges. In addition, policy measures will be considered and evaluated for their potential to effectively address these challenges and promote more sustainable and socially just practices. While course materials
PSYC 1100, PSYC 2825, and 18 credit hours of psychology; or permission of the instructor. PSYC 4950 Senior Assessment (0-1) (LEID, THAI, VIE) Provides a senior assessment experience for psychology majors by providing a means for students to demonstrate their knowledge of the field and apply psychological knowledge in preparation for a career. Students will take a series of measures (quizzes, exercises, papers) to assess their standing in the discipline. Prerequisites: PSYC 1100 and psychology senior status; or permission of the instructor. This course introduces students to separating plausible and implausible claims to truth in different religion. Students will evaluate the validity of religious truth claims, religious language, religious authorities, spiritual experience, conflicting claims in science and religion, and ethical judgments. GCP Coding: (ROC) (ETH) RELG 2030 Contemporary Topics (3) (ATH) Involves inquiry into current religious developments, such as liberation theology, black theology, women’s theology, contemporary religious thinkers and Native American religious thought. May be repeated for credit if content differs. RELG 1080 Thinking Through Religions (3) (GVA, THAI) RELG 2055 Intersections Between Religions and Ecojustice (3) (GVA) The course will consider different religious and philosophical perspectives on ecojustice, defined as the right relationship of humans with one another and with nature; it will help students understand the place and responsibility of institutions/systems and human beings in relation to this issue. The course will show how Religions source of cultures and contributes to our understanding of human nature, and how religious teaching and holy books (along with literature, art, music and philosophy) have given us the concept of human values and have thus influenced human societies. GCP Coding: (ROC) (ETH) RELG 2075 Introduction to Buddhism (3) (THAI) Covers comprehensively the full range of historical, doctrinal, practical, and cultural forms of Buddhism, and its geographic spread around the globe. Includes consideration of the lives and teachings of the Buddha, major scriptures and forms of practice and devotionalism, and Theravada, Mahayana, Vajrayana, syncretic and Western Buddhisms. GCP Coding: (ROC) (ETH)
recently taken place between biology and psychology. Prerequisite: PSYC 1100 or permission of the instructor. PSYC 4700 Psychological Tests and Measurements (3) (GVA, LEID) Provides a survey of psychological testing and principles of test construction and evaluation, including characteristics, administration, and interpretations of psychological and educational tests. Students will examine the development and use of objective tests, rating scales, attitude-scale construction, etc. Prerequisites: PSYC 1100 and PSYC 2825; or permission of the instructor. PSYC 4825 Senior Thesis (3-6) (LEID, THAI) Course provides students the opportunity to investigate a topic of interest within the field of psychology. Students are expected to develop a topic, design the study, obtain IRB approval, collect and analyze data, and report the results of their research in APA format. Following completion of the thesis, students are encouraged to submit their work for possible publication. Course may be repeated once for credit with permission of department chair. Students are encouraged to take PSYC 4750 prior to taking PSYC 4825. Prerequisites: PSYC 1100, PSYC 2750 and PSYC 2825; or permission of the instructor. PSYC 4900 Senior Overview (3) (THAI) Provides a culminating experience for psychology majors, allowing students to synthesize and apply psychological knowledge in preparation for a career. Students will use their psychology skills and knowledge to become familiar with the research, theories, and methods associated with an area of personal interest. Prerequisites: PSYC 1100 and psychology senior status; or permission of the instructor. PSYC 4925 Senior Capstone: History, Philosophy, and Systems of Psychology (3) (GHA, LEID, VIE) At first glance, psychology appears to be a highly disjointed discipline. However, psychology is unified through its historical traditions and systems of thought. This course will explore the roots of modern psychological thought and methodology. We will trace these roots from their origins in philosophy and the natural sciences through the early schools of psychology and on into its current form. In addition to learning about the major schools and systems of psychology (e. g., Functionalism, Structuralism, Gestalt, etc.), we will explore how cultural and political forces shaped the development of various psychological theories. We will also examine the lives and works of the men and women whose work created psychology’s foundation. Prerequisites:
will be drawn from multiple disciplines, anthropological, environmental, and public health contributions and perspectives will be emphasized. The course will include laboratory experiences that will supplement and strengthen the theoretical content of the course. GCP Coding: (PNW) (WCOM) SCIN 1510 Global Climate Change (GVA, VIE) This course will be an in-depth investigation into the science of global climate change, its symptoms as determined by scientific observations and data throughout the world, and what the proposed solutions are. The course is not meant to follow a politically charged agenda or ideology. The course will use the internet, published data, films, media, guest speakers, field trips, and inquiry to investigate the science and measure the examples, effects, outcomes, and proposals that define global climate change. Intended for non-majors. Offered in spring semester. GCP Coding: (PNW) (CRI) SPCM 1040 Public Speaking (3) (ATH, GHA, GVA, THAI) Students learn the organization, development, and delivery of a variety of formal public speeches. The course includes public speeches and a variety of other speaking exercises to help students adapt to audiences and contexts, solve delivery problems and build confidence. Activities also help the student to develop realistic evaluations of various speaking occasions. GCP Coding: (ARTS) (OCOM) Students learn to apply the contexts and skills associated with interpersonal communication competence, the intrapersonal constructs necessary for effective interpersonal communication, as well as skills and behaviors associated with relating with others. A focus is placed on relational development and dynamics. Topics include self-disclosure, listening, nonverbal communication and conflict. GCP Coding: (SSHB) (WCOM) SPCM 1280 Interpersonal Communication (3) (GVA) STAT 1100 Descriptive Statistics (3) (LEID, THAI, VIE) This course introduces the core concepts of statistics. It covers methods used to describe data (mean, median, standard deviation, etc.) and methods used to present data (graphical displays like histograms, other plots and others). This course covers basic probability rules used in statistics. The students will develop the ability to reason using statistical information. They will acquire the skills to evaluate the many advertising and new reports of statistical studies that are encountered in daily life. GCP Coding: (QL)
WEBSTER.EDU/STUDYABROAD -52- clinical social work and psychiatry. The course will familiarize students with the history of the helping professions, common roles and settings in which clinicians work and current “hot topics” PSYC 4225 Introduction to Helping Professions (3) (VIE) This course is a survey of the helping professions in areas related to psychology. These helping professions include: clinical psychology, counseling psychology, school psychology, professional counseling, mental health counseling, addictions counseling, marriage and family counseling, PSYC 4150 Political Psychology (3) (THAI) Surveys many of the important topics from the field of political psychology. Political psychology is focused mainly on the intersection between psychology — particularly personality and social psychology — and political behavior. The field of political psychology has been strongly influenced by political and psychological theories as well as important political events and social issues. The course examines many of the important theories that have relevance to political behavior and provides the opportunity to apply these theories to important events and issues. PSYC 3850 Sensation and Perception (3) (VIE) Examines how the human brain receives and processes information from our environment by exploring the functioning of human sensory systems and the means by which we interpret these neural signals. Topics covered in the course include vision, audition, taste, smell, touch, and basic psychophysics. The manner by which we perceive the world will be examined through topics such as color vision, depth and space perception, motion perception, visual illusions, and Gestalt principles of organization. Information-processing approaches to perception, including top-down and bottom-up processes, the role of knowledge and attention in perception, imagery, and stage models of information flow will be discussed. Prerequisite: PSYC 1100 or permission of the instructor. PSYC 3900 Introduction to Counseling (3) (GHA, THAI, VIE) Introduces a variety of counseling theories, techniques, and skills. Focuses on the problems and issues facing a professional counselor in a variety of settings (including individual and group counseling, family counseling, counseling handicapped individuals, career counseling, and consulting). Provides students with opportunities to explore new dimensions in counseling and to confront and clarify their own reasons for wanting to do this kind of work. Prerequisite: PSYC 1100 or permission of the instructor.
for clinicians. Theoretical orientations, assessment and diagnosis, prevention, intervention, research methods, multiculturalism and ethics common to these professions will be discussed. This course will help students explore their interests in the helping professions. Prerequisite: PSYC 1100 or permission of the instructor. PSYC 4300 Health Psychology (3) (ATH, GHA, THAI, VIE) Focuses on the fundamental issues and current literature on health psychology. This course includes material on the social and cultural bases of illness and looks at issues that affect wellness such as stress, pain, and personality. Also discussed are factors related to health care providers such as communication, utilization, and ethics. Prerequisite: PSYC 1100 or permission of the instructor. PSYC 4375 Evolutionary Psychology (3) (THAI) Explores the key concepts, issues, and lines of research within the field of evolutionary psychology. The course will examine the relevance of evolutionary thinking to a range of psychological phenomena which may include problems of survival, long term mating strategies, short-term sexual strategies, parenting, kinship, cooperative alliances, aggression and warfare, conflict between the sexes, and prestige, status, social dominance, development, cognition, and language. Prerequisite: PSYC 1100 or permission of the instructor. PSYC 4400 Human Sexuality (3) (LEID) Examines human sexual behavior within the cultural, social, and political context. Topics discussed include historical/ cross-cultural sexual attitudes, reproductive health and rights, the range of sexual experience, gender differences and roles, sexual orientation, sex and disease, sex and the law, and sex and social responsibility/personal ethics. Prerequisite: PSYC 1100 or permission of the instructor. PSYC 4550 Drug and Chemical Dependency (3) (GVA, VIE) Introduces the history, pharmacology, and physiological effects of a variety of commonly abused substances. Emphasis is on the behavioral and social implications of drug use and abuse, treatment, and treatment methods for drug abuse. Prerequisite: PSYC 1100 or permission of the instructor. PSYC 4650 Biopsychology (3) (GVA, LEID, VIE) Examines the physiological concomitants of behavior and acquaints the student with the methods and major findings of the interaction that has
SUST 1000 Introduction to Sustainability Studies (3) (GVA, LEID) Introduces students to the interdisciplinary field of sustainability studies, which focuses on the goal of transforming human societies so that we may equitably meet current human needs (such as health, energy, food, shelter, and transportation) while preserving the natural systems required to meet the needs of future generations. Includes 1) frequent writing assignments to allow students to express their understanding of the complex systems that provide the foundation for environmental and human health and well-being and 2) experiential elements (field trips and a campus sustainability project) that allow them to apply and test classroom theories and information. Guest speakers will represent different disciplines that contribute to sustainability studies. GCP Coding: (PNW) (CRI) WGST 1010 Women, Gender, and Sexuality Around the World (3) (THAI) This course introduces students to current debates concerning the status and rights of women and LGBT people in the United States and around the world. Students will study how cultural, historical, political, and geographical factors affect the lives and roles of women and LGBT people in different countries. Students will also study the evolution of feminism and different women, gender, or sexuality-focused activism across the globe. Finally, students will consider what advantages and what dangers an increasingly global society poses specifically to women and LGBT people. GCP Coding: (SSHB) (INTC) WGST 1020 Introduction to Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (3) (ATH, GHA, GVA, THAI, VIE) This interdisciplinary course introduces students to concepts and issues from feminist scholarship in a variety of disciplines, providing an introduction to critical thinking about the sex/gender system and gendered structural constraints faced by men and women. The course will focus on the intersections of gender and race, ethnicity, social class, sexuality, and ability status within the United States and around the world. GCP Coding: (SSHB) (OCOM) WGST 2320 Women in World Religions (3) (THAI) This course uses anthropological and sociological approaches to explore the ways that women in world religions apply feminist theory to religious and cultural practices. GCP Coding: (ROC) (WCOM) WRIT 1010 The Craft of College Writing (3) (ATH, GHA, GVA, LEID, THAI) College writing is more than an exercise
to build skills. In this course, students will learn to produce writing that matters to larger academic conversations. Students will become active readers who critically engage with and respond to the significant, complex questions they encounter in texts. They will also use the writing process to engage in inquiry and analysis and ultimately craft clear, correct and compelling statements of their own ideas and arguments. GCP Coding: (WCOM) WRIT 2000 Advanced College Writing (3) (ATH) Offers further development of the skills learned in WRIT 1010, with more emphasis on how to incorporate research into writing. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: WRIT 1010 or the equivalent. GCP Coding: (WCOM) WSBT 2000 Career Exploration (1) (ATH, GHA, GVA, THAI, VIE) This course is the first of three courses designed to support student professional success. Students will explore career options and gain an understanding of what skills, interests and experiences are required in industries and career fields that they are interested in pursuing. Interactions with professionals will provide additional guidance and exposure to the business environment. Career and personal assessments will be used to help students identify and communicate individual interests and personal strengths. Program Fee: $22. WSBT 2300 Personal Branding (1) (ATH, GHA, GVA, THAI, VIE) This course is the second of a three course series designed to help students prepare for professional success upon graduation. In this course, students will develop and refine a personal brand and translate it effectively across multiple professional communication platforms. Students will develop professional etiquette and learn to cultivate professional relationships. Prerequisite: WSBT 2000. WSBT 2700 Career Management Strategies (1) (ATH, GVA, LEID, THAI, VIE) This course is the third of a three course series designed to help students prepare for professional success upon graduation. In this course, students will translate a personal brand effectively across a career toolkit that will include a résumé or cv, cover letter, elevator pitch, social media and other career related communications. Students will develop interviewing skills. Students will explore conditions and trends in the global job market and establish a framework for career management and professional development resulting in an individual career search strategy. Prerequisite: WSBT 2000.
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