Fall 2020 - PSYC 300W D100

Critical Analysis of Issues in Psychology (4)

Class Number: 3159

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM

  • Prerequisites:

    PSYC 201W.



Trains students to evaluate critically important issues from the main areas of Psychology (e.g., Cognitive and Neural, Clinical, Developmental, History, Quantitative and Theoretical, Law and Psychology, Social)and to communicate their ideas clearly in written form. The content may vary in different offerings of the course. Writing.


This writing intensive course is intended to provide students training and practice in critically analyzing and writing about important issues in Psychology. Lectures will consist of presentations by faculty members in different areas of psychology (biological, cognitive, developmental, legal, social, theory and methods, etc.). Guest lecturers will be presenting on issues related to their own areas of research and interest, including requisite historical and theoretical background.


Tutorials will stress both critical thinking about the lecture issues, and the process of writing. Students should be prepared to do considerable writing and to have examples of their writing shown (anonymously) in class for feedback and instructional purposes.


  • Weekly Critical Readings Evaluations: 40%
  • Weekly in-lecture writing: 5%
  • Peer Review Process: 10%
  • On-line discussion: 5%
  • Exploratory paper: 5%
  • Term paper (various components): 35%


Tutorials will be offered synchronously

This course uses Turnitin to check the originality of students' papers. Students who decline to use Turnitin may be unable to complete the course.

*Please note: It is not the policy of the Psychology Department to record Undergraduate Course Lectures.*

Please note this course will be taught within the scheduled times listed for Fall 2020 and students will need to be able to remotely attend the lecture and their tutorial section at the scheduled times




Weston, Anthony. (2018). A rulebook for argument (5th ed.).  Hackett Publishing Company, Incorporated

Registrar Notes:


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Teaching at SFU in fall 2020 will be conducted primarily through remote methods. There will be in-person course components in a few exceptional cases where this is fundamental to the educational goals of the course. Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112).