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Psychology (PSYC)

Psychology (PSYC)
Faculty of Arts and Science

Psychology 1000

Basic Concepts of Psychology
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
The subject matter and methods of psychology including the nature of cognition as well as the evolutionary, biological, social, and cultural factors that frame the development of human and animal capacities.

Psychology 2030

Methods and Statistics
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
Basic research methods and descriptive and inferential statistics used in psychology.
Prerequisite(s):
Psychology 1000
Substantially Similar:
Sociology 2130

Psychology 2110

Introduction to Child Development
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
Introduction to social, physical, and cognitive development from infancy to late childhood, and the major theoretical perspectives underlying research in each domain.
Prerequisite(s):
Psychology 1000
Equivalent:
Psychology 3110 (prior to 2004/2005)

Psychology 2320

Cognition and Perception: Thinking and Seeing
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
Thinking, remembering, talking, problem solving, seeing, hearing, and feeling as cognitive and perceptual processes.
Prerequisite(s):
One of Psychology 1000 or a previous course (3.0 credit hours) in Neuroscience

Psychology 2700

Behaviour and Evolution
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
Concepts and research from the fields of evolutionary biology, behavioural ecology, and comparative psychology are outlined and used to provide an evolutionary context for our understanding of psychological mechanisms.
Prerequisite(s):
One of Psychology 1000 or a previous course (3.0 credit hours) in Neuroscience

Psychology 2800

Social Psychology
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
An introduction to the major theoretical perspectives used in social psychology and the research methods used in the study of social behaviour. Topics include: attitudes and persuasion, prejudice and discrimination, aggression, and love and friendship.
Prerequisite(s):
Psychology 1000

Psychology 2820

Culture, Evolution, and Human Social Life
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
Exploration of how humans are both biologically evolved and culturally constructed beings, emphasizing the interdisciplinary approach required to generate an exploratory framework of sufficient power to account for the peculiar nature of human life on Earth.
Prerequisite(s):
Psychology 1000

Psychology 2840

Comparative Sexuality
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
Human sexuality is examined from a comparative, biosocial perspective.
Prerequisite(s):
Psychology 1000
Equivalent:
Psychology 2850 (Human Sexuality) (prior to 2011/2012)

Psychology 3000

Issues in Psychology (Series)
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
Prerequisite(s):
Will be specified (including any recommended background) for individual offerings, but will normally include two 2000-level courses (6.0 credit hours) in Psychology or Neuroscience

Psychology 3120

Psychology of Aging
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
Current theories of adult development and aging; the effects of aging on sensation and perception, learning, personality and social adjustment.
Prerequisite(s):
Psychology 2110;
One additional 2000-level course (3.0 credit hours) in Psychology or Neuroscience
Recommended Background:
Psychology 2030

Psychology 3130

Developmental Psychopathology
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
Current theories and research into atypical child development with a focus on biological, cognitive, social, emotional, and environmental influences on disordered development from conception to adolescence.
Prerequisite(s):
Psychology 2110;
One additional 2000-level course (3.0 credit hours) in Psychology or Neuroscience

Psychology 3140

Organizational Psychology
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
The application of psychological principles, theory, and research methods to the workplace. Topics include productive and counterproductive workplace behaviours, employee attitudes, work motivation, work stress, and leadership.
Prerequisite(s):
Psychology 2800;
One additional 2000-level course (3.0 credit hours) in Psychology or Neuroscience
Equivalent:
Psychology 3000 (Introduction to Organizational Psychology) (prior to 2009/2010)

Psychology 3240

Psychology of Language
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
The study of how language is processed in the mind. Topics include language production and comprehension, language acquisition, bilingualism, and language disorders. Special emphasis will be placed on the developmental aspects of psycholinguistics.
Prerequisite(s):
One of Psychology 2110 or Psychology 2320;
One additional 2000-level course (3.0 credit hours) in Psychology or Neuroscience
Recommended Background:
Linguistics 2300
Equivalent:
Psychology 3850 (Psycholinguistics) (prior to 2011/2012)

Psychology 3325

Cognition and Perception (Series)
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
Offerings will focus on processes involved in thinking and perceiving. Specific offerings may include examination of the processes involved in memory, language, consciousness and vision.
Prerequisite(s):
Psychology 2320;
Additional prerequisites will be specified (including any recommended background) for individual offerings, but will normally include at least one additional 2000-level course (3.0 credit hours) in Psychology or Neuroscience

Psychology 3330

Social Cognition
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
This course will explore how individuals make sense of themselves and the people around them. We will study classic and contemporary social cognition research to examine how people process information about their social world.
Prerequisite(s):
Psychology 2320;
One additional 2000-level course (3.0 credit hours) in Psychology or Neuroscience
Recommended Background:
Psychology 2800

Psychology 3360

Sensation and Perception
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
The study of sensation and perception is the evaluation of human reception and computation of incoming information about ourselves and the environment. This course will cover the five senses—sight, hearing, touch, taste, and smell. It will also cover the changes in these senses over the lifespan, aspects of individual differences and sensory malfunction, the interaction between perception and cognition, and common characteristics of processing by all the systems.
Equivalent:
Psychology 3325 (Sensation and Perception) (prior to 2004/2005);
Psychology 4325 (Sensation and Perception) (prior to 2004/2005)

Psychology 3370

Animal and Human Minds
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
Exploration of the merits of a more embodied, embedded approach to the study of psychology through drawing on work in robotics; artificial life; cognitive science; comparative, experimental, and developmental psychology; and animal behaviour.
Prerequisite(s):
Two 2000-level courses (6.0 credit hours) in Psychology or Neuroscience
Equivalent:
Psychology 3850 (Animal and Human Minds) (prior to 2011/2012)

Psychology 3400

Advanced Research Design and Data Analysis
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-1
Advanced discussion of research design and data analysis with emphasis on sophisticated research designs, high-level statistical computer packages and current controversies in the area.
Prerequisite(s):
Psychology 2030;
One additional 2000-level course (3.0 credit hours) in Psychology or Neuroscience

Psychology 3450/Health Sciences 3450

Applied Statistics for Clinical Practice
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-1-0
Traditional application of descriptive and inferential statistical techniques used in applied disciplines such as health sciences and clinical psychology. Topics include choosing statistical tests, data entry and coding, parametric and non-parametric tests, correlation, chi-square, t-tests, ANOVA, interpretation of statistical tests, statistical significance versus clinical significance, and clinical implications of statistical testing.
Prerequisite(s):
Two 2000-level courses (6.0 credit hours) in Psychology, Neuroscience, or Health Sciences
OR
Third-year standing (a minimum of 60.0 credit hours)
Corequisite(s):
Nursing 3360 (for B.N. students only)
Recommended Background:
One of Psychology 2030 or Health Sciences 3260
Equivalent:
Health Sciences 3259 (prior to 2007/2008)

Psychology 3500

Abnormal Psychology
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
Approaches to the diagnosis and treatment of various forms of mental illness.
Prerequisite(s):
Two 2000-level courses (6.0 credit hours) in Psychology or Neuroscience
Recommended Background:
One additional 2000-level course (3.0 credit hours) in Psychology or Neuroscience

Psychology 3525

Hormones and Behaviour
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
This course will explore how hormones, external environmental signals and the nervous system interact to produce complex behaviour.
Prerequisite(s):
Neuroscience 2600;
One additional 2000-level course (3.0 credit hours) in Psychology or Neuroscience

Psychology 3535

Drugs and Behaviour
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
This course will explore the interaction between the cellular and molecular effects of psychotropic drugs on brain function, and the resulting effects on behaviour.
Prerequisite(s):
Neuroscience 2600;
One additional 2000-level course (3.0 credit hours) in Psychology or Neuroscience

Psychology 3570/Health Sciences 3570

Contemporary Issues in Mental Health
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
Mental health issues, including mental health research, the mental health care system, the nature of mental health, the DSM diagnostic system, the interplay between the pharmaceutical industry and the mental health care system, gender issues, mental health treatments, the role of trauma in mental health, and various specific mental health concerns such as depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, ADHD, and eating disorders.
Prerequisite(s):
One 2000-level course (3.0 credit hours) in Psychology, Neuroscience, or Health Sciences
OR
Third-year standing (a minimum of 60.0 credit hours)
Equivalent:
Health Sciences 3850 (Topics in Contemporary Mental Health Issues) (prior to 2002/2003)

Psychology 3720

Learning
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
Basic principles underlying behavioural changes resulting from experience in all animals, including humans.Topics include: classical and operant conditioning, biological constraints on learning and artificial intelligence.
Prerequisite(s):
Two 2000-level courses (6.0 credit hours) in Psychology or Neuroscience
Recommended Background:
Neuroscience 2600

Psychology 3760

Animal Communication
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
Survey of the diversity of systems of communication found in animals, including humans, and how they are tailored to the variety of social and ecological challenges that different species face. The overarching goal will be to distill from this variety some common design principles from which we can begin to understand how communication systems function, how they evolve, and how they are organized mechanistically.
Prerequisite(s):
Psychology 2700;
One additional 2000-level course (3.0 credit hours) in Psychology or Neuroscience

Psychology 3770

Primate Lives and Human Cognitive Evolution
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
Comparative information on phylogeny, ecology, and social lives of other primates will be used to assess the extent to which the nature of human cognition can be understood in terms of evolutionary processes.
Prerequisite(s):
Psychology 2700;
One additional 2000-level course (3.0 credit hours) in Psychology or Neuroscience
Equivalent:
Psychology 3850 (Primate Social Evolution and Cognition) (prior to 2011/2012)

Psychology 3815

Psychology of Crime
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
An overview of theories and recent scientific findings in the psychological study of antisocial behaviour, aggression, and violence.
Prerequisite(s):
Two 2000-level courses (6.0 credit hours) in Psychology or Neuroscience
Recommended Background:
Psychology 2030;
Psychology 2800
Equivalent:
Psychology 3000 (Psychology of Crime) (prior to 2007/2008)

Psychology 3835

Social Psychology (Series)
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
Offerings will focus on the interaction of the person and the environment. Specific offerings may include the psychology of attitudes, social comparison, health psychology and the psychology of the self.
Prerequisite(s):
Psychology 2800;
Additional prerequisites will be specified (including any recommended background) for individual offerings, but will normally include at least one additional 2000-level course (3.0 credit hours) in Psychology or Neuroscience

Psychology 3845

Issues in Sexuality
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
Human universals in sexuality examined within the broader context of human sexual diversity.
Prerequisite(s):
Psychology 2840;
One additional 2000-level course (3.0 credit hours) in Psychology or Neuroscience
Equivalent:
Psychology 3850 (Sex and Gender) (prior to 2003/2004)

Psychology 4000

Issues in Psychology (Series)
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
Prerequisite(s):
Will be specified (including any recommended background) for individual offerings, but will normally include two 3000-level courses (6.0 credit hours) in Psychology or Neuroscience
Recommended Background:
Psychology 2030

Psychology 4325

Advanced Cognition and Perception (Series)
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
Advanced seminar in cognition and perception. Offerings will focus on processes involved in thinking and perceiving.
Prerequisite(s):
Will be specified (including any recommended background) for individual offerings, but will normally include two 3000-level courses (6.0 credit hours) in Psychology or Neuroscience
Recommended Background:
Psychology 2030

Psychology 4400

Capstone in Psychology
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
The aim is to consolidate students' experience of psychology and to explore areas and ideas that deal with the broader philosophical and theoretical landscape in which the discipline is situated.
Prerequisite(s):
Fourth-year standing (a minimum of 90.0 credit hours);
A major in Psychology
Equivalent:
Psychology 4850 (Capstone in Psychology) (prior to 2011/2012)

Psychology 4550

Abnormal Psychology (Series)
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
Offerings will focus on issues and concepts involved in psychological abnormality through evaluation of specific disorder categories.
Prerequisite(s):
Will be specified (including any recommended background) for individual offerings, but will normally include two 3000-level courses (6.0 credit hours) in Psychology or Neuroscience
Recommended Background:
Psychology 2030

Psychology 4880

Advanced Social Psychology (Series)
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
Advanced seminars in social psychology. Offerings will focus on the interaction of the person and the environment.
Prerequisite(s):
Will be specified (including any recommended background) for individual offerings, but will normally include two 3000-level courses (6.0 credit hours) in Psychology or Neuroscience
Recommended Background:
Psychology 2030

Psychology 4995

Undergraduate Thesis
Credit hours: 6.0
Contact hours per week: Variable
This is a challenging, work-intensive, research-oriented course in which students will conduct empirical research, report orally on the work, and submit a report in the form of an undergraduate thesis which will be made publicly available.
Prerequisite(s):
Fourth-year standing (a minimum of 90.0 credit hours);
A cumulative GPA of 3.30 or higher;
A minimum GPA of 3.50 in the last 20 courses (60.0 credit hours);
One Independent Study or Applied Study (3.0 credit hours) in Psychology;
Application to the Department of Psychology
Recommended Background:
Psychology 3400
Note:
Contact hours will vary. Students should be aware that this course involves regular contact with the Thesis Supervisor as well as considerable independent work.
See Part 7 - Arts and Science, Sections 5.c. (p. 98), 6.c. (p. 100), and 7.c. (p. 101).