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Lois J. Mc Dermott
PSYCH 448
Seattle Campus

Seminar in Psychology

Selected research topics of contemporary interest. Quarterly listings of specific offerings are available at departmental advising office.

Class description

This course builds on the basic knowledge that students acquired in Psychology 210: Human Sexuality. This course is limited to 10 students in order to allow significant individual attention from the instructor and allow each student to teach a topic of their choice. Each student begins by conducting in-depth archival research on the topic of her/his choosing. After reading the research from the archival search, the student selects that information she/he feels is critical to understanding the topic and organizes it into (1) an annotated bibliography, (2) detailed written outline, (3) an extended oral presentation and (4) a written review paper. In addition to the reading students will do on their own topics, students will read articles related to the research topics of the other students in the class and make comments on a class online discussion board. Since all students read at least one article and take part in extended in-class lecture-discussions on each topic, all students are exposed to all topics in the same way they would be in a traditional class setting.

Student learning goals

1) to expand a studentís knowledge of human sexuality

2) provide an opportunity for each student to develop specific expertise in a self-selected area of study

3) strengthen a studentís scientific bibliographic research skills

4) strengthen a studentís communication skills through in-class and online discussions and written and oral presentations

General method of instruction

Mentoring of individual students by the instructor and peer-instruction.

Recommended preparation

Psychology 210: Human Sexuality Psychology Major, Junior or Senior class standing

Class assignments and grading

archival bibliographic research in-class and online line discussions oral presentation (90 minutes) written paper (10 pages)

based on percentage of accumulation of points on all assignments (written, oral, discussion, etc)


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Lois J. Mc Dermott
Date: 09/26/2009