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Senior Seminar


A seminar is a group of advanced students studying under a professor, with each student contributing to class participation through active reading, doing library research, and discussing the material with one another and the professor.  The senior seminar course, the pinnacle of one’s undergraduate education, examines contemporary psychological issues and problems of the future. Issues vary from instructor to instructor.


The goal of this section of senior seminar is to help students apply psychological solutions to an endemic problem in today’s society: prejudice toward stigmatized groups. Thus, we will explore the contribution of psychology to understanding and empowering disenfranchised people and communities in order to produce social change. Throughout the course, we will highlight the importance of the ethno-cultural context in our conceptualizations of prejudice.


My teaching philosophy is that we build knowledge by thinking, talking, writing, and evaluating current knowledge. I will have a dual role. For each section of the assigned readings, I will begin by reviewing key points. Then, I will become a group facilitator, with the class as a whole being in charge of the discussions.


Assessment of students’ work will be based on how they organize relevant information (e.g., understanding the readings) and communicate (orally and in writing) such understanding in a systematic and coherent way. Specifically, the final grade will be based on class participation/in-class assignments (up to 50 points), genogram (up to 50 points), oral presentation (up to 50 points), and exams (up to 200 points based on two exams).


Students currently enrolled in this course can find the syllabus, calendar for assignments and due dates, and grades by going through the REGGIENET (log in with your ULID and PASSWORD).

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