General Psychology [CRN 31348]

Discipline: Psychology
Instructor: Scott
Credits: 3
Day: B
Start: 1230
End: 1350
Field Work: Day 2 | February 20, 2019 | Myanmar (Burma)
Prerequisites: None Download Syllabus

Principles of psychology emphasizing empirical approaches; theories and research on learning, individual differences, perception, social behavior.

Psychology is comprised of critical questions: Who am I? What affects my decision making and my understanding of human behavior? How much of my personality is genetically determined versus learned behavior? How is happiness defined across cultures? How do other people affect my behavior? In a course designed specifically for Semester at Sea, we will explore our questions through a cross-cultural introduction to the multi-faceted disciplines within the psychological sciences. Emphasizing empirical research and theories, our topics will include the brain and behavior, child and adolescent development, sensory processes, consciousness, memory, learning, emotional intelligence, personality, stress, abnormal behavior, social influence, health, and close relationships. This course will carefully evaluate the role of genetics and culture in shaping attitudes and human behavior and will include opportunities to integrate course material with social observations and learning experiences off the ship.

Field Work

Country: Myanmar (Burma)
Day: 2
Date: February 20, 2019

Students will spend part of the day learning about Burmese culture from the perspective of schoolchildren at a monastic school in the Thanlyin village. Semester at Sea students will have the chance to assist with preparing and serving lunch to the local students. The group will also learn about the lives of workers and beneficiaries of the Single Mother's Foundation. Lastly, students will visit a nunnery to discuss how nature and nurture exist in partnership in Burmese culture with a local nun.

Learning objectives:

1. Recognize and appreciate the educational system in Myanmar through conversations with students and staff.
2. Compare and contrast afterschool programs in Myanmar with those in the United States.
3. Gain a better understanding of how nature and nurture impact individual differences.
4. Give back to the community through a service project.