Summer 2023 - PSYC 391 B100

Selected Topics in Psychology (3)

Social Psych Critical Lens

Class Number: 4994

Delivery Method: Blended

Overview

  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
    AQ 3003, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    PSYC 201. Other prerequisites vary by topic offering.

Description

CALENDAR DESCRIPTION:

Course can be repeated for credit. Students may not take this course for further credit if similar topics are covered. See Psychology department website for course description.

COURSE DETAILS:

In this course, we will investigate social psychology through a critical lens that allows us to identify and discuss the implications of its disciplinary norms, perspectives, and values. What standpoints are (in/ex)cluded, (de)prioritized, and (under)valued in the field of social psychology and what implications does this have for our understanding of social life? The goal of this course is not to provide a concrete answer to these questions, but rather provide students with tools and space to develop their own analyses.

COURSE-LEVEL EDUCATIONAL GOALS:

(1) Identify and describe disciplinary practices, perspectives, and goals of social psychological research and writing; (2) Discuss the implications of social psychology’s disciplinary approaches for how we understand social life (3) Apply a critical lens to evaluate traditional social psychological theories, methodologies, and approaches

‚óŹ Apply a critical lens to evaluate traditional social psychological theories, methodologies, and approaches

Topics:

(1) Identifying social psychology as a discipline; (2) Positionality and Reflexivity; (3) Objectivity/subjectivity; (4) Experimental methods; (5) Reseacher/Participant Roles ; (6) Culture; (7) Epistemic exclusion; (8) Intersectionality; (9) Critical alternatives

Grading

  • Project Outline: 10%
  • Paper Discussion Questions: 10%
  • Participation: 20%
  • Writing Assignments: 20%
  • Term Paper/ Project: 40%

Materials

REQUIRED READING:

There is no required textbook for this course.

Registrar Notes:

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