This course examines a special topic or emerging questions in the field of biological psychology. Readings and topical content will include theory, research, critical debate, and applications relevant to the specific topic.
The general framework of an upper-level special topics course in psychology can be represented as below:
- Historical Context
- Mechanisms and Processes
- Critical Analysis and Remaining Questions
A specific example of topics for a course on Innovations and Implications in Neuroscience:
- The major questions, issues and debates in modern applications of neuroscience
- Practical/pragmatic vs. abstract/theoretical approaches to major questions in neuroscience
- The basic neuroscientific and psychological knowledge of relevance to given questions, issues or debates in the field of neuroscience, as currently understood
- The growing implications of neurotechnologies in modern society
Methods of Instruction
The course will employ a variety of instructional methods to accomplish its objectives, including some of the following:
- Audio-visual materials
- Small group discussion
- Problem-based learning
Means of Assessment
The course evaluation will be in accordance with Douglas College and Psychology Department policies. Evaluations will be based on the course objectives. The specific evaluation criteria will be provided by the instructor at the beginning of the semester.
An example of a possible evaluation scheme would be:
- Small group assignments 10%
- Term project paper 20%
- Term project presentation 10%
- Midterm exams 40%
At the conclusion of the course the successful student will be able to:
- Identify and describe relevant theoretical influences on current scholarship relating to the specific topic of the course.
- Define and apply key terms and concepts relating to the specific topic of the course.
- Analyze, synthesize, and critically evaluate scholarly research relating to the specific topic of the course.
Courses listed here must be completed prior to this course:
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Courses listed here are equivalent to this course and cannot be taken for further credit:
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Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system.
A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.
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