Fall 2021 - PSYC 300W D100

Critical Analysis of Issues in Psychology (4)

Class Number: 2577

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
    SWH 10081, Burnaby

  • 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.


Lectures and tutorials will be face-to-face.

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, argument, 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%


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.*



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


ISBN: 13: 9781624666544

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