Curriculum Overview 

Scientific and Philosophical Studies of Mind (SPM) seeks to bridge the sciences and the humanities in the study of a common topic: the nature of mind. In order to provide a breadth of perspective as well as depth in an area of special interest, the SPM curriculum divides into two majors: Cognitive Science and Moral Psychology.

Cognitive science is concerned with how minds fit into the natural world. Nature is mechanistic; could the mind be a machine? Can other animals—or even computers or robots—think? What is the (neural?) basis for consciousness? How do minds and mental abilities develop as we mature?

Moral psychology is concerned with what it is for an individual to be a worthwhile and responsible moral agent, and with the psychological processes that lead people to engage in altruistic actions and to evaluate and punish others’ behaviors. Can we square our moral assessment of persons with a psychological understanding of the self? What does it take for a life to be significant or meaningful? Are humans primarily motivated toward good or evil? Is a moral sense innate or learned? To what extent do emotion and reason underlie moral judgments and actions?

Successfully bridging the sciences and humanities so as to answer these questions requires that students gain a broad background in both the content and methodology of philosophy and psychology; the courses in the “Core” of the program aim to provide this background. The needed depth is provided in the majors themselves, in which students further hone their skills of critical thinking and philosophical analysis in the context of the interpretation, assessment and even construction of empirical research. The SPM majors culminate in the Senior Research Seminar, in which students conduct research on a topic that combines both philosophical and scientific approaches to the study of a topic of their choosing. Students may also expand their senior thesis with the goal of presenting the project for departmental honors.

Each major offered as part of the SPM program consists of 12 courses. Of these, five courses are required as a part of a common core, and six courses are specific to each of the majors, designated below. Of these six courses, three must be in the sciences (at least one at or above the 300-level), and three must be in the humanities (at least one at or above the 300-level). The remaining course can be from either major or from the following list: ANT 330; BIO 330; BIO 343; CPS 222; CPS 337; ECO 350; PHI 213; PHI 217; PHI 381.

Students intending to major in SPM are encouraged to take one or more of the following courses in their first year: SPM 100, PSY 230.

 

AREAS OF CONCENTRATION

Majors may select either the Cognitive Science or the Moral Psychology Concentration. The six courses within the concentration must be evenly split between those designated as science courses and those designated as humanities courses. In addition, at least one course in the sciences and at least one course in the humanities must be at the 300-level or higher. The following summarizes what courses fulfill what requirements in the concentrations.

Cognitive Science

Core: SPM 100: Minds, Machines, and Morals; PSY 230: Experimental Design and Statistics; PHI 250: Philosophy of Mind; PHI 337: Philosophy of Natural Science; SPM 499: Senior Research Seminar.

Sciences: CPS 112: Computer Science II; BIO 220: Principles of Physiology and Development; BIO 240: Neuroscience; PSY 250: Animal Behavior; PSY 301: Sensation and Perception; PSY 302: Biopsychology; PSY 304: Developmental Psychology; PSY 305: Cognitive Psychology; PSY 306: Evolution of Mind and Intelligence; PSY 309: Social Psychology; PSY 310: Conditioning and Learning; PSY 312: Embodied Cognition; PSY 313: Cognitive Neuroscience; PSY 314: Child Development in Cultural Context; PSY 460: Advanced Quantitative Methods; CPS 367: Artificial Intelligence; PSY 489: History and Philosophy of Psychology; PSY 48x: Collaborative Research.

Humanities: LIN 101: General Linguistics; LIN 120: Sociolinguistics; LIN 272: Psycholinguistics; PHI 244: Symbolic Logic; PHI 272: Knowledge and Reality; PHI 331: Free Will; PHI 335: Epistemology; PHI 339: Philosophy of Language; PHI 342: Rational Choice; PHI 353: Phenomenology and Cognitive Science; PHI 351: Mind-Body Problem; PHI 352: Philosophy of Emotions

Moral Psychology

Core: SPM 100: Minds, Machines, and Morals; PSY 230: Experimental Design and Statistics; PHI 250: Philosophy of Mind; PHI 337: Philosophy of Natural Science; SPM 499: Senior Research Seminar.

Sciences: SOC 220: Social Psychology; SOC 301: History of Sociology; PSY 304: Developmental Psychology; PSY 307: Personality Psychology; PSY 308: Psychopathology; PSY 309: Social Psychology; PSY 311: Origins of Moral Thought; PSY 314: Child Development in Cultural Context; PSY 315: Cross-Cultural Psychology; PSY 317: Health Psychology; SOC 320: Criminology;  SOC 380: Sociology of Law; PSY 460: Advanced Quantitative Methods; PSY 489: History and Philosophy of Psychology; PSY 48x: Collaborative Research.

Humanities: PHI 220: Moral Theory; GOV 241: Classical Political Theory; GOV 242: Modern Political Theory; PHI 271: Philosophy of Law; PHI 319: 20th-Century Continental Philosophy; PHI 331: Free Will; PHI 360: Concept of a Person; PHI 361: Moral Psychology; PHI 362: Love and Friendship; PHI 363: Respect, Responsibility, and Ethics; RST 384: Soul in Search of Selfhood.

Majors in the Scientific and Philosophical Studies of Mind Program have studied abroad in the following programs in recent years: Budapest Semester in Cognitive Science; University of Melbourne; University of Otago; Victoria University; Tohoku Gakuin (Japan); Tibetan Studies. We also have arranged an exchange program with the Institute of Cognitive Science at the University of Osnabrück, Germany. See the International Programs section of the Catalog for further information.

Core Courses

A list of regularly offered courses follows. Please note the key for the following abbreviations: (A) Arts; (H) Humanities; (S) Social Sciences; (N) Natural Sciences with Laboratory; (LS) Language Studies requirement; (NSP) Natural Science in Perspective; (NW) Non-Western Cultures requirement.

Note that courses below marked with an asterisk (*) have prerequisites that do not count toward the SPM major.

 

SPM 100. Minds, Machines, and Morals.

This course provides an introduction to the central problems, concepts, and methods of cognitive science and moral psychology. We will analyze questions addressing the nature of intelligence, the relationship between minds and bodies, and the basis of moral beliefs and behaviors. These explorations will bridge the sciences and humanities by taking a fundamentally interdisciplinary perspective.     
Helm

PSY 230. Experimental Design and Statistics.

Descriptive and inferential statistics. Research design as reflected in statistical methods. Analysis of variance designs for independent groups and for repeated measurements. Statistical power and comparison techniques. Prerequisites: PSY 100 or BIO 110 or SPM 100. Permission required.
Bashaw

PHI 250. Philosophy of Mind. (H)

A general introduction to the philosophy of mind, addressing four key philosophical issues: the nature of psychological explanation; the mind-body problem; the possibility of artificial intelligence; and the nature of persons. Prerequisite: one course in philosophy or psychology.     
Helm

PHI 337. Philosophy of Natural Science. (H) (NSP)

The goals, methods, assumptions and limitations of natural science. Special attention will be paid to the philosophy of psychology, cognitive science and evolutionary biology. Same as STS 337.     
Ross

499. Senior Research Seminar.

Intensive research and writing on a topic of the student’s choice. Permission of the instructor is required. Offered every Fall.     
Staff

Areas of Concentration: Cognitive Science

1. Sciences

BIO 220. Principles of Physiology and Development.*(N)
An integrated study of cells, whole organisms and the interactions between organisms and their environments.  The physiologi.cal and anatomical solutions to the physical and chemical challenges faced by plants and animals.  Mechanisms by which a single cell develops into a complex, multicellular organism in which groups of cells perform specialized tasks.  Lecture topics integrated with a laboratory that emphasizes independent research projects. Prerequisite: BIO 110. Offered every Fall.   
Gotsch, Howard, Moore, Thompson

BIO 240. Neuroscience. (N)*
Principles of nervous system function from the molecular through the organ system level as illustrated by the vertebrates and invertebrates. Approximately one half of the course will cover basic cellular principles of nervous system organization, development and physiology. The remaining lectures will consider the role of functionally identified neural networks in behavior control. Prerequisite: BIO 220 or BFB/PSY 302. Offered every Spring. Same as BFB/PSY 240.    
Jinks

CPS 112. Computer Science II.*
A second course in computer science and computational thinking, focusing on data structures and advanced programming. Topics include implementation and applications of data structures such as stacks, queues, linked lists, trees and graphs. Also introduces performance analysis of algorithms. Has a required lab, but does not satisfy the Natural Science with Laboratory requirement.  Prerequisite: CPS 111.      
 Staff

CPS 367. Artificial Intelligence.*
An introduction to some of the core problems and key ideas in the field of artificial intelligence from a computational perspective. The course will focus on exploring various representational and algorithmic approaches to the problem of creating artificial agents that know things, can reason about the world, and that make good decisions. Key topics: heuristic search, adversarial search, reinforcement learning, constraint satisfaction, logical inference, probabilistic inference. Prerequisites: CPS 222 and CPS/MAT 237. Corequisite: MAT 216.          
 Talvitie

PSY/BIO 250. Animal Behavior. (N)
An integrative approach to animal behavior from the perspectives of ethology, behavioral ecology, and comparative psychology. The structure, function, development, and evolution of behavioral adaptations including orientation, foraging and predation, communication, social organization, and reproductive strategies. Observational and experimental research required. Prerequisites: BIO110, and permission of instructor.  Outside class time to work on independent research project. Corequisites: BIO210 or PSY230, and permission of the instructor.          
Lonsdorf, Stanton

PSY 301. Sensation and Perception.
Review of phenomena and research on sensory processes and their role in perception. Readings and discussion will examine evidence from behavioral, psychophysical, and physiological research, and consider implications for explanations arising from the mechanistic, cognitive, computational, and naturalistic theoretical perspectives. Prerequisite: PSY 100 or SPM 100. Corequisite: PSY230 or BIO210.            
Staff    

PSY 302. Biopsychology. (N)

Behavioral and mental processes as viewed from a biological perspective with particular emphasis upon the role of neurochemical and endocrine factors in central nervous system function. Topics covered will include reproduction and gender, chemical senses and ingestion, emotion, learning, sleep and psychopathology. A neuropharmacological approach to the study of the nervous system will be emphasized. Prerequisite: PSY 100 or SPM 100 or BIO 110 or permission. Corequisite: PSY 230 or BIO 210. Offered every Fall. Same as BFB 302.    
Lacy, Lynch, Roth

PSY 304. Developmental Psychology.
An examination of the relative contributions of nature and nurture on children’s behavioral, cognitive and perceptual development from the prenatal period through adolescence. Topics include the development of language, concepts, intelligence, socialization, motor abilities and emotional understanding, with discussion informed by current and classic primary reading. Research activities and analyses integrated into coursework. Prerequisite: PSY 100 or SPM100 or permission. Corequisite: PSY 230 or BIO 210. Offered every Fall.    
Casler, Howard, Leimgruber

PSY 305. Cognitive Psychology.
This course provides an overview of human cognitive processes. Topics covered include knowledge acquisition, memory, concept formation, text processing, thinking, problem solving and decision making. We will compare several approaches to the study of cognition, and we will examine and evaluate both classic and contemporary theory and research. Research activities and analyses integrated into coursework. Prerequisite: PSY 100 or SPM100 or permission. Corequisite: PSY 230 or BIO 210. Offered every Fall.    
Howard, Moore

PSY 306. Evolution of Mind and Intelligence.
What is intelligent behavior, what is it for and how did it evolve? We will attempt to answer these questions and understand the nature and development of Mind from a comparative perspective. We will do so by investigating learning, perception, memory, thinking and language in animals and humans. Research activities and analyses integrated into coursework. Prerequisites: BIO 210 or PSY 230 AND one of: BIO 240, PSY 250, PSY 301, PSY 302, PSY 303, PSY 304, PSY 305, PSY 307, PSY 308, PSY 309, PSY 310, PSY 312, PSY 315, PSY 337, PSY 370-379, PSY 390, or permission. Same as BFB  306.    
Roth

PSY 309. Social Psychology.
This course involves the student in exploration of some of the basic topics in experimental approaches to social psychology, such as cognitive and motivational perspectives on social phenomena, the role of affect and emotion in social action and current uses of the concept of self. Issues explored in this context include self-affirmation processes, regulation of social action and the relationship between affect, cognition and action. Research activities and analyses integrated into coursework. Prerequisite: either PSY 100 or SPM 100, and either PSY 230 or BIO 210, or permission. Offered every Spring.  
 
Knowles

PSY 310. Conditioning and Learning.
An introduction to the process by which human and animal behavior changes as a function of experience. Examines basic mechanisms for learning (including habituation, sensitization, and classical and operant conditioning) and explores the scientific and practical application of these mechanisms to explain and predict behavior. Discusses the extent to which learning mechanisms are consistent across species, and how the physiology, natural environment, and social systems of individual species interact with basic learning processes to produce different behavioral outcomes. PSY 100 or BIO 110 or SPM 100. Same as BFB 310.        
Lacy, Lynch

PSY 312. Embodied Cognition. (NSP)
In this course we will study intelligence by focusing on perception and action in the environment. To this end, we will focus on ecological psychology, robotics, artificial neural networks and simulated evolution. Although students will be expected to build simple robots and work with computer models, no background knowledge of engineering or computing will be assumed. (Knowledge of programming is not required.) Prerequisite: PSY 100 or PHI 100 or SPM100.    
Staff

PSY 313. Cognitive Neuroscience.
Cognitive neuroscience explores the relations between neural systems and cognition. This course will provide both an introduction to some theoretical issues in cognitive neuroscience (e.g. the degree of localization of cognitive faculties), as well as an in-depth look at the neural bases of memory, language and motor control. Of particular interest will be understanding the technologies and techniques of cognitive neuroscience--including direct neural recording; functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI); magnetic encephalography (MEG); electroencephalography (EEG); and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). Prerequisite: PSY 240 or 302 or 305.    
Staff

PSY 314. Child Development in Cultural Context.
The purpose of this travel course is to help students recognize and appreciate the impact of culture and social diversity on the development of children. It may also help them to see the reverse: how and when developing members of a culture affect that culture. Through readings, discussion, guest lectures, and local field trips, students will learn about the social-emotional, biological-physical, and cognitive development of children from many world cultures, especially using ecological and cultural-psychological approaches. The class will pay special attention to Danish childrearing culture, taking the Nordic view of what constitutes a "good childhood" as a starting point for many of our discussions of how culture informs development. Prerequisite: SPM 100 or PSY 100 or 101.    
Casler

PSY 460. Advanced Quantitative Methods.
An examination of complex univariate and multivariate statistical techniques as applied in the context of psychological research. The course will focus on four primary types of analyses: complex analysis of variance, multivariate regression and correlation, principal components analysis and factor analysis, and power and effect size. We will examine published research and conduct research projects to explore the relationship between hypotheses, experimental designs, and these statistical techniques. Prerequisite: PSY 230.            
Bashaw

PSY 480. Collaborative Research in Comparative Cognition and Behavior. (N)
Comparative perspectives and approaches to the study of selected topics drawn from cognitive and developmental psychology, cognitive ethology, cognitive and behavioral neuroscience, cognitive science and behavioral primatology. Research required. Prerequisites: PSY 230 or BIO 210, one of PSY 250, 301, 302, 303, 304, 305, 306; or one of BIO 250, 330, 379; or one of BFB 250, 301, 302, 306, 330, 379; or permission of the instructor. Offered every Spring. Same as BFB 480.    
Lonsdorf

PSY 481. Collaborative Research in Developmental Psychology. (N)
An overview of methods for conducting research with children, with an emphasis on ethics of working with child participants. Current empirical and theoretical issues in developmental psychology are addressed through literature review and group research projects. Topics reflecting student interests are considered. Laboratory research required. Prerequisites: PSY 230 or BIO 210; PSY 304, or permission. Offered every Spring.    
Casler

PSY 483. Collaborative Research in Human Cognition. (N)
An in-depth consideration of selected empirical and theoretical issues in cognitive psychology. Emphasis is on recent literature covering basic research in cognitive psychology, cognitive neuroscience and computational neuroscience modeling, including such topics as attention and resource allocation, representation, concept formation, memory and topics reflecting research interests of participating students. Laboratory research required. Prerequisites: PSY 230 or BIO 210; PSY 305, or permission. Offered every Spring..    
Howard, Moore

PSY 485. Collaborative Research in Human Perception and Action. (N)
Contemporary research and theories of the interrelations of perceptual and motor processes. Content will be drawn from the literatures of experimental psychology, neurophysiology and human factors. Animal models and computational algorithms will be considered when applicable, with primary emphasis on implications for human performance. Laboratory research required. Prerequisites: PSY 230 or BIO 210; PSY 301, or permission. Offered every Fall.    
Staff

PSY 487. Collaborative Research in Biological Psychology. (N)
The neurophysiological and structural basis of behavior with emphasis on motivation and learning, including the use of psychopharmacological methods. The role of endocrine and metabolic processes in the regulation of behavior is integrated with considerations of structure. Laboratory research required. Prerequisites: PSY 230 or BIO 210; PSY 302 or BIO/BFB 240 or permission.    
Lacy, Roth        

PSY 489. History and Philosophy of Psychology. (N)
The historical origins of contemporary psychology in European philosophy, physiology and biology and subsequent development of the schools of structuralism, functionalism, Gestalt, behaviorism and psychoanalysis. Emphasis on identifying the goals, implicit assumptions and potential contributions of scientific psychology. Prerequisite: Senior psychology major status or permission of instructor. Offered every Fall. Same as STS 489.    
Staff

 

2. Humanities

LIN 101. Introduction to Linguistics.
Through course readings, class discussions, problem solving and group work, students will explore the core components of human language; speech sounds, word formation, sentence structure, and meaning. Provides numerous opportunities for students to use theoretical knowledge and apply it to analyzing the structure of other languages.            
Armstrong, Cox

LIN 120. Sociolinguistics.
An exploration of the relationship between language, culture and society. Special attention will be paid to language variation (styling and codes, dialects, creoles and pidgins) and language in society (multilingualism, language prejudice, identities). Readings, films, discussions and group work will prepare students for field work.            
Armstrong, Cox

PHI 236. Knowledge and Reality.
This class is an advanced, but accessible, introduction to two central branches of philosophy: epistemology and metaphysics. Epistemology, loosely characterized, is the study of knowledge. Metaphysics, even more loosely characterized, is the study of the general features of reality. We’ll work through some of the central topics that fall under these two studies.            
Kroll

PHI 244. Symbolic Logic. (H)
Deductive reasoning, emphasizing primarily symbolic techniques; some discussion of issues in the philosophy of logic.        
Kroll, Ross

PHI 335. Belief and Knowledge. (H)
Investigation of some issues in contemporary epistemology, including the competing analyses of the concept of justification, the case for skepticism, and the analysis of the concept of knowledge.  Prerequisite: One prior philosophy course or permission.            
Ross

PHI 339. Philosophy of Language. (H)
Investigation, based on contemporary writings, of the diverse functions served by language, of its conceptual presuppositions, and of its relationships to other symbolic media. Prerequisite: One prior Philosophy course or permission.            
Kroll

PHI 342. Rational Choice. (H)
An introduction to decision theory; topics include the rationality of the policy of nuclear deterrence, the rationality of pursuing self-interest in every situation, the impossibility of devising a democratic voting procedure, the irrationality of accepting all that is probable, and others. Less frequently offered. Fulfills the ME requirement for the Philosophy major.            
Ross

PHI 351. Mind-Body Problem. (H)
A philosophical examination of the apparently problematic relationship between the mind and the natural world. Prerequisite: One prior Philosophy course or permission.    
Helm

PHI 352. Philosophy of Emotions. (H)
Detailed philosophical investigation of the emotions, focusing on the implications the study of emotions has for the mind-body problem, the nature of consciousness and intentionality, and the nature of rationality. How are emotions related to other mental states like beliefs, desires, and bodily sensations? What distinctive contribution, if any, do the emotions make to our mental lives? Prerequisite: one prior Philosophy course.    
Helm

PHI 353. Phenomenology and Cognitive Science. (H)
In-depth study of phenomenology, covering both its history and contemporary debates, and phenomenology-inspired research in cognitive science and psychology. Prerequisite: One prior Philosophy course and one prior Psychology course. Same as PSY 353.    
Käufer

 

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LIN 372. Psycholinguistics.
PHI 272. Beliefs, Rationality, and Society.
PSY 371. Evolutionary Psychology.

Areas of Concentration: Moral Psychology

 

1. Sciences

PSY 304. Developmental Psychology.
An examination of the relative contributions of nature and nurture on children’s behavioral, cognitive and perceptual development from the prenatal period through adolescence. Topics include the development of language, concepts, intelligence, socialization, motor abilities and emotional understanding, with discussion informed by current and classic primary reading. Research activities and analyses integrated into coursework. Prerequisite: PSY 100 or SPM100 or permission. Corequisite: PSY 230 or BIO 210. Offered every Fall.    
Casler, Howard, Leimgruber

PSY 307. Personality Psychology.
This course provides an evaluative and comparative overview of major models of personality selected to illustrate psychodynamic, trait, cognitive, humanistic, physiological and learning approaches. The course will emphasize the testability of the models and their connection with current research. Research activities and analyses integrated into coursework. Prerequisite: PSY 100 or SPM100 or permission. Corequisite: PSY 230 or BIO 210. Offered every Spring.    
Troy

PSY 308. Psychopathology.
This course will serve as an introduction to descriptive and theoretical approaches to the study of psychopathology. In addition to the study of disease-related processes, special emphasis will be placed upon developing an understanding of those biological, psychological and social conditions that are essential for healthy psychosocial functioning across the life span. Prerequisite: PSY 100 or SPM100 or permission. Offered every Spring.    
Grant, Penn

PSY 309. Social Psychology.
This course involves the student in exploration of some of the basic topics in experimental approaches to social psychology, such as cognitive and motivational perspectives on social phenomena, the role of affect and emotion in social action and current uses of the concept of self. Issues explored in this context include self-affirmation processes, regulation of social action and the relationship between affect, cognition and action. Research activities and analyses integrated into coursework. Prerequisite: PSY 100 or SPM100, and PSY 230 or BIO 110, or permission. Offered every Spring.  
Knowles

PSY 311. Origins of Moral Thought.
Moral values define us, unite us, and give meaning to our lives. How have we come to hold our particular moral convictions? We will examine this question on three different timescales: millennia (human evolution), centuries (cultural dynamics), and years (child development). Students will evaluate and synthesize insights from psychology, philosophy, biology, anthropology, economics, and history in order to understand the manifold origins of moral beliefs and behaviors, thus challenging existing values and cultivating improved abilities to create a better future. Prerequisite: PSY 100 or SPM100 or placement. Corequisite: PSY 230.     
Leimgruber, Rottman

PSY 314. Child Development in Cultural Context.
The purpose of this travel course is to help students recognize and appreciate the impact of culture and social diversity on the development of children. It may also help them to see the reverse: how and when developing members of a culture affect that culture. Through readings, discussion, guest lectures, and local field trips, students will learn about the social-emotional, biological-physical, and cognitive development of children from many world cultures, especially using ecological and cultural-psychological approaches. The class will pay special attention to Danish childrearing culture, taking the Nordic view of what constitutes a "good childhood" as a starting point for many of our discussions of how culture informs development. Prerequisite:  SPM100 or PSY 100 or 101.    
Casler

PSY 315. Cross-Cultural Psychology.
Cross-Cultural Psychology serves as an introduction to the relationships among cultural processes, human consciousness, human health and human development. Same as AFS 315.        
Penn

PSY 317. Health Psychology.
This course explores the complex factors that affect human health, specifically examining how health and health-related behavior is influenced by the interrelationship of multiple environmental and individual factors ranging from individual personality to health policy.  This course also examines the fundamental principles and theories of Health Psychology and how theoretical and empirical findings are applied to improve the health of individuals and groups Same as PBH 317.    
Abbott        

PSY 460. Advanced Quantitative Methods. (N)
An examination of complex univariate and multivariate statistical techniques as applied in the context of psychological research. The course will focus on four primary types of analyses: complex analysis of variance, multivariate regression and correlation, principal components analysis and factor analysis, and power and effect size. We will examine published research and conduct research projects to explore the relationship between hypotheses, experimental designs, and these statistical techniques. Prerequisite: PSY 230.            
Bashaw

PSY 481. Collaborative Research in Developmental Psychology. (N)
An overview of methods for conducting research with children, with an emphasis on ethics of working with child participants. Current empirical and theoretical issues in developmental psychology are addressed through literature review and group research projects. Topics reflecting student interests are considered. Laboratory research required. Prerequisites: PSY 230 or BIO 210; PSY 304, or permission. Offered every Spring.    
Casler

PSY 482. Collaborative Research in Social Psychology. (N)
Selected topics in experimental social psychology. Emphasis on experimental methods. Traditional areas of social psychology and topics which reflect student research interest are considered. Laboratory research required. Prerequisites: PSY230 or BIO210, and PSY309; or permission.        
Knowles

PSY 484. Collaborative Research in Personality. (N)
Selected empirical and theoretical topics from the contemporary literature in personality psychology with emphasis on measurement issues and comparative analyses of major models and taxonomies. Topics that reflect student research interests will be discussed. Laboratory research required. Prerequisites: PSY230 or BIO210, and PSY307; or permission.            
Troy

PSY 488. Collaborative Research in Psychopathology. (N)
An upper-level, research-based seminar that examines normative, healthy, and abnormal development across the life san. Students are assisted to undertake individual or group research projects using a variety of methods-including both quantitative and qualitative approaches. Prerequisites: PSY230 or BIO210, and PSY308; or permission.    
Penn

PSY 489. History and Philosophy of Psychology. (N)
The historical origins of contemporary psychology in European philosophy, physiology and biology and subsequent development of the schools of structuralism, functionalism, Gestalt, behaviorism and psychoanalysis. Emphasis on identifying the goals, implicit assumptions and potential contributions of scientific psychology. Prerequisite: Senior psychology major status or permission of instructor. Offered every Fall. Same as STS 489.    
Staff

SOC220. Social Psychology.*
Study of the relationship between self and society, as seen through sociological social psychology. Examination of the genesis of the social psychological framework in both psychology and sociology, and consideration of its applications within sociology today. Emphasis on symbolic interaction and related theories. Topics include the study of language and talk; the relationships between role, identity and self; sociology of emotions; socialization and the role of all of these in the creation, maintenance, and change of social structures. Prerequisite: SOC100.           
Cannon

SOC 301. History of Sociological Theory.*
A critical examination of the development of social thought from the Enlightenment to the early Twentieth Century. The main focus is on past attempts to explain the nature of capitalism and its attendant transformation of family, work, and community. In addition, the course probes the question of how shared ideals and divisive interests affect both the internal coherence of human society and the study of human society as well. Prerequisite: SOC100.     
Singer

SOC 320. Criminology.*
Surveys theoretical and empirical efforts to study crime, crime causation, and punishment. Special attention paid to the historical origins and development of notions of criminal responsibility, trial defenses, and the courtroom division of labor. Sociological, psychological, and biological explanations of criminal behavior are examined along with research attempts to study the development of delinquent and criminal careers. Prerequisite: SOC100.                          
Staff

SOC 480. Sociology of Law.*
Application of sociological theory and methodology to the study of law and its relationship to the social order. Examination of conditions under which nonlegal norms and values become reinforced within the legal institutions of a society. Topics covered include the role of law in social change, the interface of law and psychiatry, and the study of law as a profession. Prerequisiste: SOC100 or permission of the instructor.         
Staff

 

2. Humanities

GOV 241. Classical Political Theory. (H)
Examination of important texts in classical Greek and Roman political thought, including the writings of Plato, Aristotle, and other relevant authors. Explores how ancient political theory sheds lights on contemporary politics, including issues of democracy, citizenship, globalization, and international relations.                                 
Hammer

GOV 242. Modern Political Theory. (H)
Examination of the political theories of Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Marx, and one contemporary thinker, with emphasis on alternative views of the social contract, liberalism, and radicalism.                    
Whiteside

PHI 220. Moral Theory. (H)
A careful study of classic texts in moral philosophy, with an emphasis on questions about the foundations of ethics and the objectivity of moral judgement.                 
Merli

PHI 319. 20th-Century Continental Philosophy. (H)
Close examination of emergence of modern phenomenology and hermeneutics. with particular attention to Heidegger’s Being and Time. Prerequisite: one prior course in philosophy or permission of the instructor.             
Käufer

PHI 331. Free Will. (H)
An examination of contemporary theories concerning the nature of free choice. Special attention is given to the nature of moral responsibility and the relationship between free choice and determinism.
Kroll

PHI 360. Concept of a Person. (H)
A careful examination of what it is to be a person, as an autonomous moral agent whose life can be meaningful and of what distinguishes persons from the “lower” animals. Prerequisite: one prior course in philosophy, or permission of the instructor.    
Helm

PHI 361. Moral Psychology. (H)
Moral psychology is the study of human moral agency. As such, it is constrained by, and must cohere with, the facts about human psychology; but its primary focus is on human good, an evaluative notion. Central questions include: What are reasons and what role do they play in action? What is character and how is it related to virtue? What is free will, can we have it and how do we best explain weakness of the will? Prerequisite: one prior course in philosophy, or permission of the instructor.
Helm

PHI 362. Love and Friendship. (H)
Investigation of philosophical aspects of love and friendship, examining a variety of accounts of what they are as well as questions concerning their justification, their bearing on the autonomy and identity of the individual, and the place their value has within a broader system of the values, including moral values. Prerequisite: one prior Philosophy course.    
Helm

PHI 363. Respect, Responsibility, and Ethics. (H)
Recently many philosophers have argued that certain interpersonal emotions, such as resentment, indignation, guilt, gratitude, and approbation, are fundamental to a host of interconnected issues in ethics, including the nature of respect, dignity, freedom and responsibility, and the origins of moral values. This class will closely examine these claims and arguments with the aim of understanding more clearly how moral psychology and metaethics intersect.               
Helm               

RST 384. Soul in Search of Selfhood: The Writings of St. Augustine. (H)
This course will be an intensive study of some of the major writings of Augustine with a view toward obtaining a basic understanding of the main lines of his thought on human existence, free will, justice, the state, and the nature of God. We will focus on his intellectual and spiritual struggles, his mature conceptions of the Christian religion, and his integration of the cultural achievements of Mediterranean antiquity into Christianity. The emphasis will be on understanding Augustine's individual life and thought against the background of his own culture and times.                
Cooper

 

3. TOPICS COURSES IN MORAL PSYCHOLOGY EXPECTED TO BE OFFERED IN 2018-2019

PHI 270. Punishment, Responsibility, and Law.
PHI 272. Beliefs, Rationality, and Society.
PSY 37x. Collaborative Research in Moral Psychology.

Special Topics and Independent Study

 
Special Topics.

See program chairperson for information on what major requirements particular special topics offerings satisfy.

 

490. Independent Study.

Independent study directed by the SPM staff. Permission of the chairperson required.