Course Catalog: Interprofessional Studies Courses
The degree requirements outlined in this catalog are intended to be used for students entering Wheelock in the 2016-2017 academic year.
Introduction to Psychology
Introduces the psychological study of human behavior and experience. The history, scope and methods of contemporary psychology are described. Topic include: perception, learning, memory, intelligence, emotion, language and thought, social interaction in small and large groups, behavior and mood disorders and treatment, psychology and health. General Education: Self and Society. Introductory.
Provides an introduction to theories and research on how individuals are influenced by others. Topics include social perception, affiliation and interpersonal attraction, altruism, aggression, stereotyping and prejudice, group dynamics and conflict resolution. The application of social psychological knowledge to current social problems will be discussed. General Education: Self and Society. Introductory.
Human Growth and Development — Theory
Studies major developmental shifts from conception through the end of early childhood across social, emotional, biological, and cultural domains. Emphasis on competing theoretical perspectives, the role of sociocultural contexts, and cultural diversity. Particular connections between theory, research, and practice. General Education: Foundations of Knowledge and Inquiry Human Growth and Development. Introductory.
Human Growth and Development II—Theory
Studies major developmental shifts from middle childhood through the end of late adulthood across social, emotional, biological, and cognitive domains. Emphasis on competing theoretical perspectives, the role of sociocultural contexts, and cultural diversity. Particular connections between theory, research, and practice. General Education: Foundations of Knowledge and Inquiry Human Growth and Development. Introductory.
Theories of Personality
Deals with contemporary theories of personality and their historical derivations, with emphasis on the psychoanalytic, behavioristic, humanistic, cognitive and interpersonal approaches. Attention is given to the major issues involved in the differing conceptualization of personality. Prerequisite: HDP 120/121 or HDP 130. Intermediate.
Provides overview of the nature of psychopathology. Examines the etiology, classification, and treatment of emotional disturbance. Attends to the criteria for defining abnormal behavior and to the physiological, interpersonal, and cultural factors involved. Prerequisite: HDP 120/122-121/123 or HDP 130/131. Intermediate.
Theories of Emotional Development
Provides an overview of emotional development throughout the life span. Explores implications of theory and research for curriculum development, social programs and policy. Prerequisite HDP 120/121 or HDP 130 or introductory level psychology course or the equivalent. HDP 264, HDS 264, or, for students double-majoring in Human Development and Social Work, SWK 268. Intermediate.
Provides an overview of strength-based approaches in psychology that explore the origins of happiness, optimism, gratitude and hope of individuals, communities and nations. Introduces participants to theory, research and practice of positive psychology. Prerequisite HDP 120/121 or HDP 130 or introductory level psychology course or the equivalent. Intermediate.
Surveys theory and research on language development from birth through school-age. Examines the various components of signed and spoken language and their acquisition. Considers bilingualism, relationships between oral and written language, atypical language development, and the sociocultural context of children’s language use. Prerequisite: HDP 120/121 or HDP 130.
Infant and Toddler Behavior and Development
Integrates theory, research and practical experience about the first three years of life through a transdisciplinary approach. Considers development across domains and the impact of parent-child relationships, peer relationships, and early socialization patterns on young children’s development. Observing and recording an infant or young child’s behavior and development required. Prerequisite: HDP 120/122-121/123 or HDP 130/131. Intermediate.
Introduces scientific methods of inquiry in psychology. Examines research design, selection of measures, data collection, descriptive analyses, and research ethics. Individual research projects are required. Prerequisite: HDP 120/121 or HDP 130.
Examines contemporary theory and research on motivational factors in learning among children K-12. Explores family, school, societal, and cultural influence on children’s beliefs and attitudes about learning. Topics include conceptions of effort and ability, teacher expectancies, intrinsic motivation, gender influences, tracking, and cross-cultural differences in achievement motivation. Prerequisite: HDP 120/122-121/123 or HDP 130/131. Intermediate.
Infants, Toddlers, and the Media
Understand the effects of brand marketing and screen media expo-sure on young children’s development, imagination and play. Course discussion is based on research focusing on the consequences of exposure, including obesity, impairment of neurological development, aggression, child’s distorted sense of reality, and vulnerability to commercialism and materialism. Prerequisites: HDP 120-123 or HDP 130-131; recommended: HDP 257. Intermediate.
Children and the Media
Examines impact of print and electronic media (radio, television, video games, computers and the Internet) on children’s development. Explores curriculum and policy responses to children’s fascination with the media. Prerequisite: HDP 120/121 or HDP 130. Intermediate.
Children with Special Needs
Provides an introduction to characteristics of individuals with various exceptional conditions. Explores areas of human functioning impacted by these conditions. Includes overview of social, educational, and political context of the development of exceptional children. General Education: Self and Society. Intermediate.
Provides an overview of child and adult psychotherapy. Discusses psychoanalytic, client-centered, cognitive, behavioral, narrative, couple’s, and family systems approaches to counseling. Explores impact of gender, class and race on therapeutic relationships. Uses case studies in print and video and role play to illustrate different forms of psychotherapy. Prerequisite: HDP 120/122-121/123 or HDP 130/131. Advanced.
Children’s Political Lives
Pursues three objectives: to reconstruct the stages or phases of political understanding children bring to the political process; to explore how children’s political beliefs and attitudes are shaped by their political environment (e.g., race, class, nationality, historical circumstances, society’s level of development); and to develop strategies for children’s political empowerment Prerequisite: HDP 120/122-121/123 or HDP 130/131. Offered in conjunction with HDF 791. Advanced.
HDP/ AST 323
Examines nature of media-its violence, sexism, racism and commercialism; why it is this way; how it shapes children’s development, attitudes and behavior, families, and society; how to develop broad-based media literacy which incorporates conflict resolution, anti-racism, anti-sexism efforts into professional settings and everyday life; policy and advocacy issues. (Advanced Psychology, Advanced American Studies, Advanced Communications). Pre-requisite: One course in Human Development.
Memory, Identity, and Development
Explores the dynamics of autobiographical memory and the development of identity. Topics include memories from personal experiences, public events, childhood amnesia, individual, gender, and cultural differences; life transitions, traumatic events, eyewitness testimony, collective memories, mad memory disorders. (Advanced Psychology, Advanced Children, Family, and Culture; open to honors, juniors and seniors). General Education: Perspectives on Diversity and Upper Level Writing (after ENG 121).
Asian American Psychology
Examines the psychological experiences of Asian Americans, including the historical, sociopolitical, and cultural influences that shape personality and mental health. Explores foundational concepts, such as culture, ethnicity, and race, as they pertain to diverse Asian Americans, and considers cultural competence, intervention and prevention strategies in working with Asian Americans. Pre-requisites: HDP 120-121/ HDP 122-123 or HDP 130/131. General Education: Self and Society and Ethics and Social Justice and Perspectives on Diversity. Advanced.
Psychology of Race
Interdisciplinary investigation of the historical, ideological, structural, cultural, and individual manifestations of race and racism in society. Examines how the intersection of race with social class, gender, ethnicity, identity, and sexuality shapes the human experience, and how these factors operate as systems of power and inequality which differentially advantage and disadvantage groups. Gen Education: Perspectives on Diversity and Ethics and Social Justice. Prerequisites: HDP 120/122 or HDP 130/131.
Cognition in the Deaf and Blind
Explores a key question about human development: what is the role of experience in development? Examines cognition in children and adults who area deaf and/or blind. Considers how limited sensory experience affects the development of language, spatial representation, and theory of mind. Psychology Focus. Prerequisites: HDP 120/122 - 121-123 OR HDP 130/131; AND ENG 121. Advanced.
The Achievement Gap
Examines critically why racial and ethnic differences in academic achievement in the U.S. continue by investigating societal, cultural and familial factors. Explores the roles of institutional racism, cultural beliefs and parental socialization practices. Scrutinizes inter-national achievement differences, and analyzes cutting edge solutions to close the achievement gap. Prerequisites: HDP 120- 123 or HDP 130-131. Advanced.
Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Child Care
Uses sociocultural frameworks to examine the practices of non-parental caretaking of young children within the United States and worldwide. Focus on both center-based and less formal practices of child care. Students examine ways to become sensitive in working with children of cultures other than their own. General Education: Upper Level Writing (after ENG 121). Prerequisite: HDP 264, or, for students double-majoring in Human Development and Social Work, SWK 268 or HDS 264. Offered in conjunction with HDF 658. Advanced.
The Meaning and Development of Play
Explores the meaning and development of play from infancy through adulthood through theories, research, and application. Examines value of play in therapeutic, educational and medical settings; how the environment (including toys and media) influences play; how to support play, integrate it into professional work, and advocate for play. Prerequisite: HDP 120/122-121/123 or HDP130/131. Advanced.
Draws on disciplines of psychology, education, biology and sociology to provide a multidisciplinary perspective of adolescent development. Examines risk and protective factors within home, school and community that shape development within and across the contexts of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation and socioeconomic status. Prerequisite: HDP 120/122 or HDP 130. Advanced.
Examines development from the transition into adulthood through old age. Theory and research from different psychological approaches are presented. Topics include changes in cognitive, mor-al, psychosocial, interpersonal and physical development; and typical adult developmental tasks in the context of culture. Open to juniors and seniors. Offered in conjunction with HDF 515. Advanced.
Emotional Problems of Children
Introduces major approaches to understanding and programming for young children with emotional problems. Examines psycho-educational, behavioral, and ecological perspectives concerning the assessment and treatment of children with emotional problems. Emphasis on utilizing these perspectives to alert students to issues and skills in identifying emotional problems. Prerequisite: HDP 120/122-121/123 or HDP 130/131. Fulfills requirement of advanced course upon completion of HDP 380. Advanced.
Seminar in Emotional Problems of Children
Further examines major approaches to understanding and programming for young children with emotional problems whose needs range from mild to severe focusing on medical and sociological models. Students may study one model in-depth. Skills for working with disturbed children are fostered through observation of field sites, case studies and simulations. Prerequisite: HDP 379. Advanced.
Nature of Linguistic Knowledge
Surveys linguistic theory and first- and second-language acquisition research. Analyzes a speaker’s unconscious knowledge of language by examining the structure of English and other languages. Follows the development of this knowledge in infants, children, and adults. Considers the sociopolitical context of becoming and being bilingual. Prerequisite: HDP 120/122-121/123 or HDP 130/131. General Education: Upper Level Writing (after ENG 121), Languages and Literatures. Advanced.
Introduces students to the concept of trauma and psychological consequences associated with exposure to potentially traumatizing events; explores risk and protective factors, specific types, inter-generational transmission, treatment of trauma, and post-traumatic growth. Special attention will be paid to sociological factors associated with post-traumatic adjustment and resilience. Prerequisites: HDP 120-121 or HDP 130; 1 prior HDP course. Recommended for juniors and seniors only. Advanced.