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Writing Intensive

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Psychological Sciences
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Term for Proposal

Spring 2017

Course Catalog Information

Psychology (PSYCH)
Topics in Psychology-Behavioral Science - Writing Intensive
Organized study of selected topics in psychology. Particular topic and earnable credit may vary by semester. This course carries behavioral science distribution credit for non-psychology majors. Repeatable upon consent of department.
Behavioral Science
A-F (allow student to choose S/U option)
PSYCH 1000. This course may be restricted to Undergraduate Psychology Majors during Early Registration.

Instructor Information

Psychological Sciences
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NTT Assistant Professor
110 McAlester
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The Campus Writing Program conducts a two-day faculty workshop to assist with the design and implementation of your writing intensive course. Once your course proposal has been approved by the Campus Writing Program, you will receive information on time, date and location of the workshop.
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Honors Course Information

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Writing Intensive Course Information

This capstone course is intended to bring together the various components of the undergraduate psychology major. All the assignments in the course, as well as the general teaching method address questions for which there are more than one acceptable interpretation. The course focuses on diversity and inclusion, which clearly calls for this approach. The course is qualitative in nature, and allows for multiple points of view and perspectives of the topics discussed.
Self paced?

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Writing Intensive Assignments

Cultural Interview
The paper should focus on psychological cross-cultural similarities and difference, and should include the following components -

* Introduction – introducing the interviewee and his/her culture, as well as a brief explanation about why you chose him/her.

* Body of paper – reporting the more important and meaningful questions and answers, highlighting cultural differences and similarities. CONCENTRATE ON PSYCHOLOGY!

* Integrating at least two scientific (peer-reviewed) articles in the field of cross-cultural psychology, relevant to the interview or to the general subject, and referring to their insight and conclusions in a critical way. Feel free to refer to our textbook, if appropriate, as an additional source.

* IMPORTANT! How did you feel during the interview? What did you think about the cultural exchanges? What was it like speaking to someone from another culture?

* Conclusion - summarizing the interview from a cross-cultural perspective, emphasizing insight or understanding gained though the interview, concentrating on the differences between your culture and your interviewee’s.

* Works Cited

* Attachments (transcript, pictures, maps, relevant documents)

The paper is due a week after your class presentation.

Suggested topics for discussions -

Culture and dreams
Addiction from a cultural perspective
Cognitive style
Caring for the elderly
Achievement, motivation
Career aspiration
Gender roles, equality
Discrimination, oppression, racism, stereotypes
Grandparenting styles
Culture-specific psychological disorders
Child rearing styles
Parenting styles
Family structure
Love, romantic relations
Sexual preference
Self perception
Self perception
Life style
Death and dying
Charity, generosity
Language skills/bilingualism
Attraction and love
Ethnic identity
Length of assignment:
Etti Naveh-Benjamin
Etti Naveh-Benjamin and TA

Media Analysis Project
In this activity, you will analyze how television, music, movies, or print media (newspapers, magazines) represent a non-dominant ethnic or racial group (like Asian Americans) or subgroups (like Asian American Women). Choose one medium from the list below and follow the associated guidelines for that medium. Please note that the guidelines differ with the media source. Make sure that your analysis doesn’t just describe the media content, but also integrates cross-cultural perspectives, concepts and materials covered in the text, class discussions and at least TWO SCEINTIFIC ARTICLES relevant to the medium you choose. Finally, your analysis should also discuss the implications of what you find.

The purpose of this assignment is to identify and explore how stereotypes are included and reinforced in the mass media. (You may work with a partner.)

This assignment has three stages –
* Media analysis plan – detailing which medium you choose, and a general outlook of the non-dominant group represented, what are the stereotypes you identified.
* Media analyses presentation – a five-minute presentation in class, reporting your findings, insights, and some thoughts and conclusions. You can include a 1-minute video or audio clip.
* Media analysis paper – a three-paper, due two weeks after your class presentation, integrating the elements of your analysis. (Further instructions will follow).

Television – you should select one television program, and analyze TWO different episodes of that program. Episodes that don’t include the group you chose to concentrate should not be included.
Music – you should select a single performer (either individual or a group) and analyze at least 3 songs. As with television, songs that don’t refer to the group you focus on may not be included. (Implicit references are fine, of course).
Movies – you should pick either a movie or two, a director, (Spike Lee) or a narrow genre (Disney animated films) and watch 1-2 movies. Films that d not have prominent characters from the group you chose, can not be included.
Print Media – you should pick a narrowly defined media source (New York Times business section, rather than the New York Time as a whole) and analyze 2-3 articles. If you like, you may concentrate on advertisements rather than articles. If you do, you will need about 4-5 advertisements. Please note that the library and the internet are good sources of archived editions.

Media Analysis Paper

The purpose of this paper and this assignment is to identify and explore how stereotypes are include and reinforced in the mass media and entertainment.

The paper should include the following elements –

Introduction - describe the medium of your choice, relevant background, main theme(s), main message, and main idea.

Refer to the stereotypes of the non-dominant group or groups represented in this medium. Illustrate, show, explain and define the case of their stereotypical representation.

How do you think the medium you chose is accepted in this culture; how do you think it is viewed in other cultures?

Discuss gaps and differences between the initial (possible) intention of producing the specific medium and the end result?

Refer to at least two cross-cultural studies (published in a Psychological, peer-reviewed Journal,) related to the stereotypical issues relevant to your medium, or related to stereotypical thinking and its implications. Discuss the articles’ relevance to your medium and to your understanding of the topic.

Conclusion – if you find that there is a need to correct a given situation, or make a change, can something be done about it? What can be done? How?

Discuss the effectiveness of the medium you chose in conveying its message.

What is the balance between the entertainment or information value and social justice issues in the medium you chose?

Your own alternative – in an ideal world, how would you present it differently?

Cites your sources.
Length of assignment:
Etti Naveh-Benjamin
Etti Naveh-Benjamin and TA

Cultural Immersion
Among the goals for this assignment -

To have a fresh personal experience of being an outsider and a cultural minority;
To reflect on that experience and on your own responses to it;
To sharpen our awareness of cultural differences through observation, reflection and writing;
And to sharpen our awareness of how cultural differences play themselves out in everyday life.

The 3-4 page (750 – 1000 words) paper should include the following components:

* Date and place of the experience and length of time that you were there.
* Attach some piece of “evidence” of your trip - if possible (i.e., an agenda for a religious service or meeting, a brochure from a service agency, a picture, etc.), if you have it
* Brief description of the setting
* What were your feelings in this situation? Describe your feelings as they evolved from the time you were getting ready to go, to arriving, to the first several minutes there, and on through the experience until after you left
* What were you thinking as you were feeling those feelings?
* What did you do? How did you behave?
* How do you think you were perceived by others?

The paper, should also include the following –

* Using the concepts and terms from your reading of at least two peer-reviewed, academic journal articles in the field of cross-cultural psychology, relevant to your immersion experience, relate them to your experience, and reflect on them. How are they relevant? How are they meaningful? How do they enrich your cultural immersion?

Some members of our class spend most of their lives as majority group members. If this is describes you, what does this experience teach you about being different from others in your environment? Other class members have spent their lives within environments where they are one of only a few. If this describes you, how does this assignment help you to reflect on your life experiences? Are there new things that you have learned?

Length of assignment:
Etti Naveh-Benjamin
Etti Naveh-Benjamin and TA

Final capstone paper
The final paper will be an advanced exploration of diversity and social justice in the United States and will provide a framework for understanding specific forms and the interlocking systems of oppression and a process exploring how oppression affects our lives.
Length of assignment:
Etti Naveh-Benjamin
Etti Naveh-Benjamin and TA

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Writing Intensive Teaching

Instructor provided feedback
Oral presentation by student, followed by feedback
Peer review
This capstone course is intended to bring together the various components of the undergraduate psychology major. All the assignments in the course, as well as the general teaching method address questions for which there are more than one acceptable interpretation. The course focuses on diversity and inclusion, which clearly calls for this approach. The course is qualitative in nature, and allows for multiple points of view and perspectives of the topics discussed.

The cultural interview paper brings multiple cross-cultural interpretations to a select psychological issues, like language skills/bilingualism, discrimination, oppression, racism, stereotypes, Immigration/assimilation. The media analysis paper looks critically at the media, and focuses on critical perspectives of stereotype, oppressed groups.
The immersion paper is an experiential look into the "other being." The final paper, which proposes a comprehensive proposal for promoting social justice, diversity, and inclusion, based on a semester long exploration of multiple methods.

Every month the students will write one paper, and at the end of the semester will write a comprehensive final paper.
I am not sure who my TA is for this course, but will surely make sure that they sign up for the workshop. I plan on training my TA before every assignment is due, go over some past papers, and go over the preferred grading methods. Every time a paper is due, I plan on grading some papers myself, asking my TA to grade them as well, and going over some of the differences in grading.

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I am still working on the syllabus. It will be ready in time for my class in Spring 2017 semester.
Lina Trigos Carrillo (trigoscarrillol) (Tue, 08 Nov 2016 15:45:57 GMT): 11/08/2016 This is a 3-credit course.
Lina Trigos Carrillo (trigoscarrillol) (Tue, 22 Nov 2016 16:44:42 GMT): 11/21/2016 CWP contacted faculty requesting more detailed information on writing assignments.
Patricia Luckenotte (luckenottep) (Tue, 20 Dec 2016 19:55:52 GMT): I have added PSYCH 4003W, 03 to the Spring 2017 schedule of classes to replace the regular section of PSYCH 4003, 05 for Spring. There were no students enrolled at the time of the change.
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