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Department of Psychology, Department of Gender,Sexuality,and Women's Studies Simon Fraser University Calendar | Spring 2018

Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies and Psychology Joint Major

Bachelor of Arts

The Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies and the Department of Psychology have complementary interests in gender, sexuality, and women's issues. This joint major is for those who share these interests. Students are encouraged to plan to their program in consultation with advisors in both departments.

Admission Requirements

To be admitted to the Psychology portion of this plan, students must complete

  • PSYC 100    Introduction to Psychology I (3)
  • PSYC 102    Introduction to Psychology II (3)
  • PSYC 210    Introduction to Data Analysis in Psychology (4)

and must obtain a final course grade of C (2.0) or better in

  • PSYC 201W-4 Introduction to Research Methods in Psychology (4)

The above requirement applies to courses transferred from other institutions as well as to courses completed at Simon Fraser University.

Students may declare the GSWS portion of this plan upon successful completion of one GSWS course and upon application to the Undergraduate Advisor in the Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies.

 

Course Selection

Students should complete PSYC 100, 102 and 201 as soon as possible to gain better access to upper division PSYC courses. Students who plan a major in psychology should also complete PSYC 210 as soon as possible.

The Psychology Department strongly recommends that students do not leave any of these required courses to the end of their degree. If a student is unable to obtain the required grade in PSYC 201, he or she will not be able to graduate with a major in psychology.

To enrol in psychology courses, students are required to meet the prerequisites or special instructions that may be stipulated for each. The listed prerequisites indicate the minimal background expected by instructors. See PSYC courses for details.

The Psychology Department reserves one hundred percent of all 300 and 400 division PSYC courses for approved psychology major, minor or honours students. Those who are not approved cannot enrol in these upper division courses until the open enrolment date.

Program Requirements

Students complete 120 units, as specified below.

Psychology Requirements

Lower Division Requirements

Students complete all of

PSYC 100 - Introduction to Psychology I (3)

Acquaints the student with the major issues in contemporary psychology and considers the historical antecedents. Special attention is given to questions of methodology and research design in psychology. Topics in physiological psychology, perception, learning and motivation are considered. Breadth-Social Sciences.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 George Alder
Tu 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
Th 9:30 AM – 11:20 AM
RCB IMAGTH, Burnaby
RCB IMAGTH, Burnaby
D900 Sherrie Atwood
Mo 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SUR 2600, Surrey
PSYC 102 - Introduction to Psychology II (3)

Acquaints the student with major issues in contemporary psychology and considers their historical antecedents. Topics in learning, cognition, social psychology and abnormal psychology are considered. Recommended: PSYC 100 is recommended but not required. Breadth-Social Sciences.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Russell Day
Tu 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
Th 3:30 PM – 5:20 PM
RCB IMAGTH, Burnaby
RCB IMAGTH, Burnaby
D900 Trishia Coburn
We 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SUR 2600, Surrey
PSYC 201W - Introduction to Research Methods in Psychology (4) *

An introduction to the procedures used in psychological research, and to the logic underlying them. Topics include the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches to research, the formulation of testable questions, the control of extraneous influences, the measurement of effects, and the drawing of valid conclusions from empirical evidence. Provides a background for senior psychology courses since it offers a basis for the critical evaluation and conduct of research. Prerequisite: PSYC 100 or 102. Students with credit for PSYC 201 may not take this course for further credit. Writing/Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
C100 Distance Education
D100 Gordon Rose
Fr 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
SWH 10081, Burnaby
D101
We 1:30 PM – 3:20 PM
WMC 3531, Burnaby
D102
We 1:30 PM – 3:20 PM
WMC 3517, Burnaby
D103
Th 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
BLU 11911, Burnaby
D104
We 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
WMC 3513, Burnaby
D105
We 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
TASC2 7201, Burnaby
D106
We 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
WMC 2531, Burnaby
D107
We 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
RCB 8106, Burnaby
D108
We 4:30 PM – 6:20 PM
RCB 8106, Burnaby
D109
Th 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
RCB 5125, Burnaby
D110
Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
WMC 2260, Burnaby
D111
Th 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
BLU 11901, Burnaby
D112
Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5050, Burnaby
D113
Th 4:30 PM – 6:20 PM
AQ 5029, Burnaby
D114
Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
WMC 2523, Burnaby
PSYC 210 - Introduction to Data Analysis in Psychology (4)

Covers basic descriptive and inferential techniques most appropriately applied to the various forms of data from psychological research. Should be completed by majors and honours before the end of term 4. Prerequisite: PSYC 201W and BC high school Math 12 with a minimum grade of C (2.0) or BC high school Math 11 with a minimum grade of B- (2.67) or any level MATH or STAT course with a C- (1.67) or better. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Matthew Sigal
Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 3182, Burnaby
D101
We 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
WMC 3511, Burnaby
D102
We 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
WMC 2268, Burnaby
D103
We 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
WMC 2523, Burnaby
D104
We 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
WMC 2523, Burnaby
D105
Tu 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
WMC 3251, Burnaby
D106
Tu 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
WMC 3513, Burnaby
D107
We 4:30 PM – 6:20 PM
AQ 5048, Burnaby
D108
Tu 9:30 AM – 11:20 AM
AQ 5051, Burnaby
D109
Tu 11:30 AM – 1:20 PM
BLU 11911, Burnaby
D110
We 9:30 AM – 11:20 AM
RCB 5120, Burnaby
D900 Joe Thompson
Mo 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SUR 5080, Surrey
D901
Mo 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
SUR 5060, Surrey
D902
Mo 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
SUR 5060, Surrey

and two of

PSYC 221 - Introduction to Cognitive Psychology (3)

Introduction to the study of cognitive and perceptual processes. Topics include memory, perception, attention, language, mental imagery, creativity, judgment and decision-making, and an introduction to cognitive disorders such as Alzheimer's disease, dyslexia, aphasia and attention-deficit disorder. Prerequisite: PSYC 100.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Tom Spalek
Tu 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
WMC 3520, Burnaby
PSYC 241 - Introduction to Abnormal Psychology (3)

Introduces students to the area of abnormal psychology. Topics include the definition and classification of pathological behavior, factors involved in the development of pathology, and evaluation of therapy outcome. Prerequisite: PSYC 102.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Sarah Farstad
We 4:30 PM – 7:20 PM
AQ 3182, Burnaby
PSYC 250 - Introduction to Developmental Psychology (3)

Considers the psychological and physical aspects of human development from conception through middle childhood. Topics include social, emotional, language, cognitive, perceptual and physical development. Prerequisite: PSYC 102.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Michelle Kline
Tu 8:30 AM – 11:20 AM
SSCB 9201, Burnaby
PSYC 260 - Introduction to Social Psychology (3)

Examines methodology and content in social psychology. Topics include: attitudes and values; social perception and cognition; group behavior; social includence; prejudice, discrimination, and sexism; aggression; altruism, interpersonal attraction and interpersonal relationships. Prerequisite: PSYC 102. Breadth-Social Sciences.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Lara Aknin
Fr 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
WMC 3520, Burnaby
PSYC 268 - Introduction to Law and Psychology (3)

An introduction to the area of law and psychology. The role and influence of psychology in the legal system will be discussed. Topics include: social psychology and law, developmental psychology and law, juvenile justice, experimental psychology and law, mental disability and law. Prerequisite: PSYC 102.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
C100 Distance Education
D100 Ronald Roesch
Mo 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
We 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
AQ 3005, Burnaby
AQ 3005, Burnaby
PSYC 280 - Introduction to Biological Psychology (3)

Surveys the major areas in biological psychology. Topics include the basics of neuroanatomy and nerve cell function, the behavioral and physiological effects of drugs and hormones in the nervous system, evolutionary perspectives on the brain and behavior, and the biopsychology of vision, the chemical senses, hearing, movement, biological rhythms, sex, and cognitive processes. Prerequisite: PSYC 100. Recommended: BISC 101. Breadth-Science.

Section Day/Time Location
C100 Distance Education

* with a final course grade of C (2.0) or better

Upper Division Requirements

Students complete 21 upper division units in psychology courses, including PSYC 308. No more than three of these units may be in directed studies. At least 11 upper division psychology units must be completed at Simon Fraser University.

Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies Requirements

Lower Division Requirements

Students complete 18 lower divsion GSWS units including two of

GSWS 100 - Sex Talk: Introduction to Contemporary Issues in Sexuality Studies (3)

An introduction to issues in the study of sex, sexual identity, and sexual culture. Focused on contemporary theories of sexuality as well as representations in fiction, film and popular media from diverse cultural contexts. Students who have completed GDST 200 may not complete this course for further credit. Breadth-Humanities.

GSWS 101 - Gender Talk (3)

An interdisciplinary study of the social and cultural construction of gender, and how ideas about masculinity and feminity shape current issues, knowledge, popular culture, and social policy. Students who have completed WS 101 may not take GSWS 101 for further credit. Breadth-Social Sciences.

Section Day/Time Location
C100 Distance Education
GSWS 102 - Feminist Action (3)

An historical and comparative survey of feminisms and feminist activism in Western European, North American, and Global communities. Students who have completed WS 102 may not take GSWS 102 for further credit. Breadth-Humanities.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Tiffany Muller Myrdahl
Tu 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SWH 10081, Burnaby
D101
Tu 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
WMC 2521, Burnaby
D102
Tu 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
WMC 2501, Burnaby
D103
Tu 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
WMC 2268, Burnaby
D104
Tu 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
WMC 2501, Burnaby
D105
Tu 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
WMC 2268, Burnaby
D106
Tu 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
WMC 3517, Burnaby
D107
Tu 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
WMC 2521, Burnaby
D108
Tu 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
WMC 3513, Burnaby
D109
Tu 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
WMC 2260, Burnaby
D110
Tu 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
BLU 11901, Burnaby

Upper Division Requirements

Students complete 20 upper division GSWS units. Courses which have high GSWS content may be considered for credit towards this plan. With the approval of the Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies, students may use as substitution credit one upper division course offered by another department.

Directed Studies Courses

PSYC 493 - Directed Studies (3)

Independent reading or research in topics selected in consultation with the supervising instructor. Prerequisite: PSYC 201, 210, 60 units, a CGPA of 3.0, and permission of the department. See the Directed Studies Courses section within the undergraduate Department of Psychology section.

PSYC 494 - Directed Studies (3)

Independent reading or research in topics selected in consultation with the supervising instructor. Prerequisite: PSYC 201, 210, 60 units, a CGPA of 3.0, and permission of the department. See the Directed Studies Courses section within the undergraduate Department of Psychology section.

PSYC 495 - Directed Studies (3)

Independent reading or research in topics selected in consultation with the supervising instructor. Prerequisite: PSYC 201, 210, 60 units, a CGPA of 3.0, and permission of the department. See the Directed Studies Courses section within the undergraduate Department of Psychology section.

Enrolment enables an individual or small group to work with a faculty member on a reading or research project of mutual interest. Common reasons for a student requesting such a course are

  • to continue a reading or research project begun in a 400 division seminar
  • to cover material not included in regular courses

The minimum requirement is a B (3.0) average, at least 60 units and department permission. Directed studies students complete an application form (available at http://www.psyc.sfu.ca/ugrad) with the intended instructor.

Letters of Permission

See Courses at Other Institutions/Letters of Permission within Enrolment Policies and Procedures for information. The department does not normally approve letters of permission for enrolled Simon Fraser University students to complete PSYC 201, 210 and 301 at a different institution. Such permission may be granted for other courses. Enquire of the psychology undergraduate advisor.

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Degree Requirements

For all bachelor of arts (BA) programs, students complete 120 units, which includes

  • at least 60 units that must be completed at Simon Fraser University
  • at least 45 upper division units, of which at least 30 upper division units must be completed at Simon Fraser University
  • at least 65 units (including 21 upper division units) in Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences courses
  • satisfaction of the writing, quantitative, and breadth requirements
  • an overall cumulative grade point average (CGPA) and upper division CGPA of at least 2.0, and a program (major, joint major, extended minor, minor) CGPA and upper division CGPA of at least 2.0

Writing, Quantitative, and Breadth Requirements

Students admitted to Simon Fraser University beginning in the fall 2006 term must meet writing, quantitative and breadth requirements as part of any degree program they may undertake. See Writing, Quantitative, and Breadth Requirements for university-wide information.

WQB Graduation Requirements

A grade of C- or better is required to earn W, Q or B credit

Requirement

Units

Notes
W - Writing

6

Must include at least one upper division course, taken at Simon Fraser University within the student’s major subject
Q - Quantitative

6

Q courses may be lower or upper division
B - Breadth

18

Designated Breadth Must be outside the student’s major subject, and may be lower or upper division
6 units Social Sciences: B-Soc
6 units Humanities: B-Hum
6 units Sciences: B-Sci

6

Additional Breadth 6 units outside the student’s major subject (may or may not be B-designated courses, and will likely help fulfil individual degree program requirements)

Students choosing to complete a joint major, joint honours, double major, two extended minors, an extended minor and a minor, or two minors may satisfy the breadth requirements (designated or not designated) with courses completed in either one or both program areas.

 

Residency Requirements and Transfer Credit

  • At least half of the program's total units must be earned through Simon Fraser University study.
  • At least two thirds of the program's total upper division units must be earned through Simon Fraser University study.

Elective Courses

In addition to the courses listed above, students should consult an academic advisor to plan the remaining required elective courses.