PSYC18: Psychology of Emotion

Emotion is examined in everyday life and in relation to the arts. The focus of this course is on a contrast between action and experience oriented approaches to emotion. An effort is made to synthesize the many theories of emotion coming from psychoanalysis, functionalism, behaviorism, social constructionism, and phenomenology.

Exclusion: PSY394H

Prerequisites: PSYB10H

Recommended: PSYB07H or STAB22H or their equivalent,


PSYC85: History of Psychology: A survey of developments in Western philosophy and science which influenced the emergence of modern psychology in the second half of the Nineteenth Century.

Three basic problems are considered: Mind-Body; Epistemology (science of knowledge); and Behavior/Motivation/Ethics. We begin with the ancient Greek philosophers, and then consider the contributions of European scholars from the Fifteenth through Nineteenth Centuries. Twentieth Century schools are discussed including: psychoanalysis, functionalism, structuralism, gestalt, behaviorism and phenomenology.

Limited enrolment: 25

Exclusion: PSY300H

Prerequisites: Two B-level half-credits in Psychology & PSYB07H or permission of the instructor


PSYD16: Critical Analysis in Social Psychology

The development of social psychology is examined both as a discipline (its phenomena, theory, and methods) and as a profession. The Natural and Human Science approaches to phenomena are contrasted. Students are taught to observe the lived-world, choose a social phenomenon of interest to them, and then interview people who describe episodes from their lives in which these phenomena occurred. The students interpret these episodes and develop theories to account for their phenomena before searching for scholarly research on the topic.

Limited enrolment: 20

Exclusion: PSY420H

Prerequisites: PSYC11H or PSYC12H or PSYB10H plus one c-level half-credit in psychology