PSYC3906 Special Topics in Psychology I: CyberPsychology
This course will examine psychological issues associated with the online world. We discuss how various online forums, such as Facebook and Instagram, reflect and influence people’s identity formation and personality. We will examine how dating sites are changing romantic and casual relationship formation processes. Lastly, we will review some of the darker effects of the online world, such as cyberbullying and trolling.
The format of the class will reflect a combination of lectures, interactive empirical paper evaluations, and research proposals. The evaluation system will be based on a knowledge comprehension midterm, short paper evaluations, an oral presentation, and a written research proposal.
Current and Ongoing Courses
PSYC1106 and PSYC1107 Introduction to Psychology I & II
No prerequisite courses needed
PSYC1106: This course is a survey of various perspectives and fields of psychology with reference to the historical development of the discipline. The course stresses scientifically-based biological and environmental explanations of human and animal behaviour. The course topics include the scientific method, brain structure and function, genetic and physiological influences, the senses, and sleep, dreaming, and consciousness, and the major psychological theories – psychoanalytic, behaviouristic, humanistic, cognitive, biological, and evolutionary. The laboratory portion gives students “hands-on” experience to develop a concrete understanding of the role of the scientific method in psychology. Each lab unit focuses on one fundamental area of research design or elementary statistical analysis.
PSYC1107: This course builds on Introduction to Psychology I and continues the survey of various perspectives and fields of psychology. Further attention is focussed on topics such as research knowledge on developmental, social, personality, and motivational psychology, as well as an introduction to how this knowledge can inform applied areas of psychology such as educational psychology, intelligence testing, and psychological disorders and their treatment. The laboratory portion of the course offers small-group instruction and is intended to give the students, through “hands-on” experience, a concrete understanding of the role of the scientific method in psychology. Each lab unit focuses on one fundamental area of research design or elementary statistical analysis.
PSYC4005 Systems and Theories in Psychology
Restricted to students in the fourth year of the Honours Psychology program.
PSYC4005: You will investigate and discuss major historical figures and events in psychology, big conceptual issues that define and differentiate the diverse theoretical and measurement approaches across psychology, and historical and modern applications of psychology. The course will consist of traditional lectures, small group presentations and discussions, general class participation, select paper summaries and evaluations, a role-based autobiographical seminar presentation, a debate with a classmate presenting another major figure in psychology, content-based midterms, and various paper summaries corresponding to the participation and presentation activities in the classroom.
PSYC3916 Advanced Readings in Psychology
Restricted to third or fourth year students in the Honours Psychology program and requires approval of the discipline to register. Students wishing to take this course during the following Spring/Summer or Fall/Winter Session must apply in writing to the discipline no later than February 15.
This course is intended for advanced students interested in a particular topic of psychology. Students are required to do a thorough literature review on a topic of interest resulting in a paper at the end of the course.
PSYC4105 Senior Empirical Thesis
Prerequisites: PSYC 3356 or CHFS 3035 with a minimum grade of 70%. Restricted to students in the fourth year of the Honours Psychology program. Approval of the discipline is required prior to registration. Students wishing to take this course during the following Spring/Summer or Fall/Winter Session must apply in writing to the discipline no later than February 15.
Students conduct an empirical investigation of a research problem in psychology. In discussion with a faculty advisor, students identify a research topic of interest and submit an Individualized Course Supervision Contract to the Chair of the Department by February 15 prior to the academic year when the course will be taken. During the course, students engage in novel, psychological research investigations demonstrating competence in research design, analyses, and scientific oral and written communication skills. The final report is written in a style suitable for journal submission.
Previous Courses Taught at Nipissing University
PSYC2616 Theories of Personality
Prerequisites PSYC1106 and PSYC1107.
PSYC2616: This course will introduce you to the major theories, concepts, and findings in the psychology of Personality through course readings, lectures, videos, discussions, and various assignments. You will learn how people differ in their emotional reactions, motivations, interpersonal approaches, cognitive biases, and fundamental belief systems. These perspectives will include evaluating different structural, process, and developmental models of personality.