Adjunct Assistant Professor of Social Psychology
This course will explore the many psychological mechanisms that play a part in close personal relationships. Using psychological research as our foundation, students will be led in discussions about attraction, love, lust, and other topics pertinent to close relationships. Students will be asked to think deeply about the social constructs that influence human preferences, and the bio-psychosocial processes at play. The course will begin by dissecting the concepts of attraction and love. Once a basis for understanding these fundamental concepts is established, we will progress into discussions about attachment theory and interpersonal dynamics such as jealousy, power, stigmatization, and communication. All matter of relationships (homosexual, asexual, heterosexual, polyamorous, etc.) will be discussed across topics. Lastly, we will finish the course discussing the portrayal of sex in the media and online, and its implications on sex education and sexual understanding.
The Social Psychology of Current Events gives students the time and resources to examine the world around them through a Social Psychological lens. Topics will be drawn from the news and, using some foundational texts as a jumping off point, we will explore the social psychological underpinnings of the events currently affecting the world today. those most effected. This course is both reading and writing intensive, and students will also get a chance to explore the topics they find most engaging. Prerequisite detail: At least one college-level course in psychology