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Psychology & Social Work Department Courses


PSY-100: Introduction to Psychology Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year

An introduction to the scientific study of behavioral and mental processes. Topics includes the neurobiological basis of behavior; perception; development; learning; memory and thinking; motivation; personality; normal and abnormal behavior;  psychotherapy; and social factors in behavior.


PSY-210: Life Span Developmental Psychology Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year

This course is a study of human characteristics and changes from conception to death. At each developmental stage, major topics covered are physical and motor change, cognitive development, emotional and personality growth, and social development. Prerequisite: PSY-100 or EDU-234. 


PSY-212: Psychology of Gender Roles Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year

The understanding of gender roles from a psychological viewpoint. Topics included are a critique of the psychoanalytic view of gender differences, the effects of body states on personality, psychophysiological dysfunctions of the reproductive system, differences between male and female brains, differences in the way male and female infants behave, how sexual identity develops, and self-esteem, achievement motivation, and changes in the roles the different sexes play during their lifetimes. Prerequisite: PSY-100.


PSY-240: Introductory Field Experience in Psychology Session(s): Fall; Spring; Summer | Course Offered Every Year

A field experience in psychology involving exploration of psychology-related careers in community agencies, mental health services, business, government or educational settings which provides students with exposure to the profession of psychology. Attendance at a biweekly seminar and completion of written assignments is required. Open to sophomores and first semester juniors.  May be repeated for credit.  A maximum of 2 credit hours may be earned. Application and instructor’s consent required. Prerequisite: PSY-100.


PSY-299: Introduction to Research in Psychology Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year

In conjunction with a faculty mentor, the student will participate in the execution of an original research project that will culminate in a paper and a presentation. A research proposal form completed by the student and faculty mentor is required for registration. Open to freshmen and sophomores. May be repeated for credit for a maximum of six credit hours. Prerequisite: PSY-100.


PSY-301: Research Methods I Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year

The first semester in this two-course sequence is an introduction to the history, methods, data collection, statistical analysis, and ethics of general experimental psychology.  Research studies will be developed, executed, analyzed, reported in American Psychological Association (APA) style, and presented.  Measures of central tendency and deviation, linear and function-free correlation, hypothesis testing, survey designs, and nonparametric techniques will be covered.  Prerequisite:  PSY-100.


PSY-302: Research Methods II Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year

The second semester in this two-course sequence will continue the study of research methodology, data collection, statistical analysis and ethics of experimental psychology.  Research studies will be further developed, executed, analyzed, reported in American Psychological Association (APA) style, and presented.  The designs covered include independent group-, between subject-, and within subject-designs along with the various forms of analysis of variance (ANOVA, Two-way ANOVA, and Repeated Measures ANOVA).  Prerequisites: PSY-100, PSY-301.


PSY-308: Preparing for the Profession of Psychology Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year

This course is designed to assist students in preparing themselves to enter the profession of psychology. Through a progressive series of applied assignments, students will examine psychological research on career decision making and job satisfaction; evaluate their own strengths, interests, and values; set career and life goals; identify and plan a strategy to prepare themselves for careers and/or graduate training; enhance professional selfpresentation skills; examine issues of ethical conduct in applied psychological settings; and otherwise prepare themselves to enter the workforce as psychology majors. This course is most appropriate for junior psychology majors.


PSY-310: Psychology of Children and Adolescents Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year

This course focuses on the typical physical, cognitive, and socioemotional development of humans from conception to adolescence.  Theories and research findings will guide understanding of the multiple influences on the behavior of infants, children, and teens. Prerequisite: PSY-100 or EDU-234.


PSY-312: Psychology of Exceptional Individuals Session(s): Fall; Spring; Summer | Course Offered Every Year

An introduction to the psychological and educational issues associated with the major exceptionalities. Topics covered include Autism Spectrum Disorders, Intellectual Disabilities, Learning Disabilities, Giftedness, and Communication Disorders. Field observation is often a component of this course. Prerequisite: PSY-100 or EDU-234.


PSY-320: Abnormal Psychology Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year

A study of the major forms of behavioral pathology and current therapies. Topics covered include anxiety disorders, dissociative disorders, personality disorders, affective disorders, schizophrenic disorders, and chronic brain syndromes.  Prerequisite: PSY-100.
 


PSY-324: Conditioning and Behavior Modification Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year

An examination of the principles of classical and operant conditioning including reinforcement, stimulus control, and extinction, and the application of these principles in a variety of settings, including the control and modification of one's own behavior. Prerequisite: PSY-100.


PSY-326: Health Psychology Session(s): Spring | Course Offered Every Year

Health Psychology is concerned with the interface between health and psychology, between behavior and wellness/illness. It looks at physiological and psychological functioning, and studies the interrelationship between mind, body and culture/environment. In the course we look at both US and world health issues and examine such topics as health behaviors, stress and coping, illness prevention, wellness promotion, public policy, and the biopsychosocial model and emphasizes a multi-disciplinary perspective. Prerequisite: PSY-100.


PSY-330: Neuropsychology Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Every Year

A survey of the functional anatomy of the nervous system. Special emphasis on current views of the contributions of various subsystems to psychological phenomena. Prerequisite: PSY-100.


PSY-332: Perception Session(s): Fall; Summer | Course Offered Every Year

A study of the visual and auditory senses and how they function. How needs, desires, expectations, and previous experiences influence our perception. Understanding of the principles of psychophysics. The course also focuses on cognitive factors in perception. Prerequisite: PSY-100.


PSY-335: Industrial/Organizational Psychology Session(s): Spring | Course Offered Every Other Year

Presents a survey of Industrial/Organizational psychology using concepts, case studies, theories, research and direct applications to the study of people within the world of work. A balance between industrial and organizational concepts will guide the class through examining psychology at work and understanding what I/O psychologists who work in applied settings do. Topics will include: job analysis, assessments in employment, job attitudes, performance appraisal and management; and motivation, occupational health, leadership and organizational theory. Prerequisite: PSY-100.


PSY-340: Internship in Psychology Session(s): Fall; Spring; Summer | Course Offered Every Year

An advanced standing internship in psychology involving the application of knowledge and skills in community agencies, mental health services, business, government or educational settings which provides students with exposure to and experience in the profession of psychology. Attendance at a biweekly seminar and completion of written project assignments and a culminating project is required. May be repeated for credit.  Open to juniors and senior psychology majors upon acceptance of application.  A maximum of 6 credit hours may be earned. Application and instructor’s consent required. Prerequisite: PSY-100. Course fee assessed. Recommended for Seniors and Juniors in their second semester.


PSY-342: Introductory Autism Practicum Session(s): Fall; Spring; Summer | Course Offered Every Year

An introductory practicum course where students are taught via initial classroom training and video modeling the basic concepts of applied behavior analysis (ABA) and discrete trial teaching (DTT) to work one-on-one with a preschool child with autism. Students will apply learned concepts in order to handle common behaviors and maintain mastered skills of their assigned child. All practicum hours are on campus and attendance is a significant part of grade. Any student who has not met the requirements to advance to Autism Practicum Level II may repeat the course with instructor permission. Course fee assessed. Prerequisite: PSY-100 or permission of the instructor.


PSY-343: Intermediate Autism Practicum Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year

An advanced practicum course providing students with an opportunity to build on applied behavioral analysis (ABA) techniques taught in Introductory Autism Practicum to work with preschool children with autism. Students will be expected to apply ABA techniques to make significant behavior changes and use discrete trial training (DTT) to teach new skills. Students are expected to know how to implement a variety of behavior protocols and read and interpret data. All practicum hours are on campus and attendance is a significant part of grade. This course may be repeated with a different client assignment with instructor permission. Prerequisite: PSY-342 and instructor permission.


PSY-410: Social Psychology Session(s): Fall; Summer | Course Offered Every Year

A study of the theories and research relevant to interpersonal influence, the ways in which an individual is influenced by other people. Topics include: attitude change, conformity, interpersonal attraction, self consistency, aggression, altruism, and social cognition.  Prerequisite: PSY-100.
 


PSY-412: Psychology of Aging Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Even-Numbered Years Only

This course is a comprehensive overview of the psychological aspects of aging. Topics include research methods, theories of aging, and age-related changes in sensation/perception, memory, cognition, personality, and late-life psychopathology. Emphasis will be on pathways to successful aging in the context of a shifting balance of gains and losses in psychological and physical functioning. This course is most appropriate for junior and senior psychology and social work majors. Prerequisite: PSY-100.


PSY-420: Theories of Personality Session(s): Spring | Course Offered Every Year

A consideration of major contemporary theories of personality and the evaluation of these theories in the light of research findings. Prerequisite: PSY-100.


PSY-422: Psychological Testing and Evaluation Session(s): Spring | Course Offered Every Year

A study of the principles of psychological testing and evaluation in several settings. An introduction to the major types of tests, including tests of general and special abilities, aptitude, achievement, interests, and personality. Prerequisites: PSY-100.


PSY-424: Theory and Practice in Counseling Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year

PSY-430: History and Systems in Psychology Session(s): Summer | Course Offered Every Year

The focus of this course is the historical genesis of current concerns in psychology. Particular emphasis will be placed on the seminal work of the late 19th- and early 20th-century psychological pioneers.  Prerequisite: PSY-100.


PSY-432: Memory, Language and Cognition Session(s): Spring; Summer | Course Offered Every Year

A survey of the major theories and empirical findings in the field. Emphasis is placed on the active strategies and thought processes used in remembering, speaking and understanding language, reading, concept learning, and problem solving. Prerequisite: PSY-100.
 


PSY-440: Special Topics in Psychology Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head

A course focused on a special topic in psychology. Topics will be chosen in accordance with faculty and student interest. Intended for students of demonstrated maturity, usually indicated by upper class standing. Topics may include current trends in research and/or professional issues. A description of the topic will be included in the registration schedule for the upcoming semester. May be repeated for credit but no more than three hours may be applied to the 18-hour minor requirement. Instructor's consent required. Prerequisite: PSY-100.


PSY-442: Advanced Autism Practicum and Data Analysis Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year

Students who have mastered skills needed in Intermediate Autism Practicum can enroll in this course. Students will read data provided by a discrete trial teaching (DTT) team and analyze trends in learning. Students will take raw data and graph the data to present to assigned consultant for review. Students will continue to provide weekly one-on-one teaching with their assigned child. All practicum hours are on campus and attendance is a significant part of grade. This course may be repeated with a different client assignment with instructor permission. Prerequisite: PSY-343 and instructor permission.


PSY-498: Honors Thesis in Psychology Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year

In conjunction with a faculty mentor, the student will formulate and execute an original research project that will culminate in a paper and a presentation. A research proposal form completed by the student and the faculty mentor is required for registration. The project must meet Honors Program thesis requirements as well as the expectations of the psychology faculty. Open to seniors in the Honors and/or Teaching Fellows Programs who are majoring in psychology. Prerequisites: PSY-100 and PSY-301.


PSY-499: Research in Psychology Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year

In conjunction with a faculty mentor, the student will formulate and execute an original research project that will culminate in a paper and a presentation. A research proposal form completed by the student and the faculty mentor is required for registration. Open to junior and senior psychology majors or minors and others by permission of the instructor. May be repeated for credit for a maximum of six semester hours. Prerequisites: PSY-100 and PSY-301 or instructor permission.

 


PSY-510: Applied Social Psychology Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Every Year

An advanced examination of the influence of the presence or perceived presence of others on an individual’s thoughts, feelings, and behaviors as they intersect in workplace.  A focus on attitudes and attitude change, group processes, social cognition/judgment and decision-making, social influence and leadership, and social-psychological research methods. Prerequisite: Admission to the Early I/O program.


PSY-522: Psychological Testing and Evaluation Session(s): Spring | Course Offered Every Year

An advanced study of psychological-testing theory and practice, focusing on the nature of psychological constructs, testing theory, individual differences, judgment and decision making in testing, and appropriate methods of test construction and deployment including statistical methods and psychometrics.  Prerequisite: Admission to Early I/O program.


SWK-100: Introduction to Social Work Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year

This course introduces students to the profession of social work and the United States social welfare system.  Students learn about the values and ethics of the social work profession and its advocacy for change in social, economic, political, historical, and cultural injustices. The history, mission, and philosophy of the social work profession, with an emphasis on the generalist method of social work practice, are covered. Students explore social work as a career path through completion of 20 hours of service learning in a local social service agency.
 


SWK-200: Human Diversity and Social Justice Session(s): Spring | Course Offered Every Year

This course focuses on the diversity of the population of the United States with an emphasis on North Carolina. Students are introduced to the concepts of prejudice, discrimination, oppression and social and economic injustice and to the processes by which these are imposed upon some populations based on age, class, color, culture, disability, ethnicity, family structure, gender, identity, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, and/or sexual orientation. Methods to combat prejudice, discrimination, and oppression and to restore social justice will be considered.


SWK-220: Human Behavior for Social Work Practice: Birth-Adolescence Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Every Year

This course provides content on the reciprocal relationships between human behavior and social environments. Content includes empirically based theories and knowledge that focus on the interactions between and among individuals, groups, societies, and economic systems. It focuses on theories and knowledge of biological, sociological, cultural, psychological, and spiritual development that address the stages of the life span from birth through adolescence. Also addressed is the range of social systems in which people live (individual, family, group, organizational, and community); and the ways social systems promote or deter people in maintaining or achieving health and well-being. 
Prerequisite or corequisite: SWK-100. 


SWK-225: Human Behavior for Social Work Practice: Adulthood - Death Session(s): Spring | Course Offered Every Year

Provides content on the reciprocal relationships between human behavior and social environments. Content includes empirically based theories and knowledge that focus on the interactions between and among individuals, groups, societies, and economic systems. It focuses on theories and knowledge of biological, sociological, cultural, psychological, and spiritual development that address the stages of the life span from young adulthood through death. Also addressed is the range of social systems in which people live (individual, family, group, organizational, and community); and the ways social systems promote or deter people in maintaining or achieving health and well-being. Prerequisite or corequisite: SWK-100.  
 


SWK-299: Introduction to Research in Social Work Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year

Open to freshmen and sophomores who have an interest in social work and social welfare and who would like to work individually with a faculty member on a project involving research on an issue of social work practice or social welfare and social justice. In conjunction with a faculty member, the student will formulate and execute a research project at an intermediate level of complexity. The project will require a culminating experience involving a written report and/or a public presentation of its purpose, process, and outcomes. A research proposal form completed by the student and the faculty mentor is required for registration. May be repeated for credit for a total of six semester hours. Prerequisite: SWK-100.
 


SWK-330: Social Welfare Policy Session(s): Spring | Course Offered Every Year

This course introduces students to both domestic and international social welfare policy. It emphasizes the social work profession's core value of social justice, human and civil rights, and the ideologies that have shaped the United States' and other nations' efforts to provide for their citizens. Frameworks for social policy analysis will be presented. Prerequisite: POL-100.


SWK-350: Selected Topics in Social Work Session(s): Spring | Course Offered Every Year

Topics relevant to social work practice will be customized to reflect specialized areas of knowledge. Topics offered may include health care, aging, mental health, and children and families.


SWK-370: Social Work Research Methods Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Every Year

The course will introduce students to social work research methods.  Students will explore how to formulate problem statements, develop hypotheses, utilize measures and scales, design research studies and interpret results.  The course will focus on identifying evidence-based practices to meet the needs of specific target populations.  Guidance will be offered on identifying relevant research and evaluating its scientific rigor.  The course will also highlight ethical issues in conducting social work research.  Pre-requisite MAT 175.


SWK-390: Generalist Social Work Practice With Individuals Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Every Year

This course is the first of three professional practice courses designed to focus on the strengths, capacities, and resources of client systems. The course prepares majors to engage individuals in appropriate working relationships by identifying issues, needs, strengths, and resources; by collecting and assessing information; by planning interventions; and by delivering services. Admission to the Social Work Program required.


SWK-394: Generalist Social Work Practice With Families and Groups Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Every Year

This course is the second in a three-course generalist practice sequence that focuses on strengths, capacities, and resources of client systems in relation to their broader environment. The course prepares students to engage families and groups in an appropriate working relationship, identify issues, problems, needs, resources, and assets; collect and assess information; and plan for service delivery. It also includes identifying, analyzing, and implementing empirically based interventions designed to achieve client goals and promote social and economic justice. Admission to the Social Work Program required.


SWK-398: Generalist Practice With Macro Systems Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Every Year

This course is one of three professional practice courses designed to focus on strengths, capacities, and resources of client systems. The course prepares majors to engage macro systems, such as organizations, neighborhoods, communities, and governments, in appropriate working relationships by identifying issues, needs, strengths, and resources; by collecting and assessing information; by planning interventions; and by delivering services. Admission to the Social Work Program required.
 


SWK-480: Preparation for Social Work Field Practicum Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Every Year

This course prepares students for the practicum learning experience. Students will be assisted in the selection of a social work field placement and in the completion of the application and interview process. Students review social work knowledge, skills, and values related to generalist social work practice in a field agency setting. Admission to the Social Work Program required.  Permission required.


SWK-490: Social Work Field Practicum Session(s): Spring | Course Offered

The Social Work Field Experience is the integral component of social work education and is anchored in the mission, goals, and objectives of the social work program. A minimum of 430 hours of entry level generalist social work experience under the supervision of a professional social worker in an appropriate social agency is required. This experience will reinforce the student’s identification with the purposes, values, and ethics of the profession; foster the integration of empirical and practice-based knowledge; and promote the development of professional competence. Admission to the Social Work Program required. All social work major courses and prerequisites must be completed prior to enrollment.  Also requires approval of the Social Work Program Director and the Director of Field Education. Field fee assessed.  Co-requisite: SWK 491.


SWK-491: Field Practicum Seminar Session(s): Spring | Course Offered Every Year

Students meet weekly for a 3-hour integrative field seminar designed to assist them in applying empirically based social work theory, knowledge and professional ethics in a social work practice setting and provide a capstone experience. Students complete an evaluation of practice research project in which they apply in their field settings research skills obtained through the social work curriculum. Written assignments are provided to demonstrate integration of knowledge and practice.  All social work major courses and prerequisites must be completed prior to enrollment. Also requires approval of the Social Work Program Director and the Director of Field Education. Co-requisite: SWK 490.


SWK-498: Honors Thesis in Social Work Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year

In conjunction with a social work faculty mentor, the student will formulate and execute a research project at an advanced level of complexity that will culminate in a paper and presentation. The project must meet Honors Program thesis requirements as well as the expectations of social work faculty. A research proposal form completed by the student, faculty mentor, and Honors Program director is required for registration. Open to seniors who are members of the Honors and/or Teaching Fellows Programs. Prerequisite: SWK-390.
 


SWK-499: Research in Social Work Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year

In conjunction with a social work faculty mentor, the student will formulate and execute a research project at an advanced level of complexity that will culminate in a paper and presentation. A research proposal form completed by the student and faculty mentor is required for registration. Prerequisite: SWK-390. Open to junior and senior majors and others by permission. May be repeated for credit for a total of six semester hours.



Curriculum requirements and course descriptions are subject to changes with each catalogue.




Contact Information
Cynthia Edwards
Department Head, Psychology and Social Work; Professor of Psychology
108-A Ledford
edwardsc@meredith.edu
(919) 760-8441