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UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES

Undergraduate Courses in Psychology

*Not all courses are offered every academic year.
Please see SOLUS for current course offerings in Fall 2020 and Winter 2021.

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Special and Select Topics Courses in Fall 2020 and Winter 2021

Looking for more information on our special and select topics courses this year? Please see course descriptions in the document below.
Special and Select Topics Courses in Fall 2020 and Winter 2021 (PDF, 121 KB)

 

PSYC 100/6.0 - Principles of Psychology

An introductory survey of basic areas of psychology including perception, cognition, learning and motivation and their biological substrata. Also reviewed are child development, individual differences, social psychology and abnormal psychology. Research participation experience is provided for students on an individual voluntary basis. Students are encouraged to participate in up to five hours of research experimentation. The course is based on a blended model where on-line learning is supplemented with a weekly lecture and small-group learning lab.

NOTE Also offered online. Consult Arts and Science Online. Learning Hours may vary.

NOTE Also offered at the Bader International Studies Centre, Herstmonceux. Learning Hours may vary.

LEARNING HOURS 221 (24L;22Lb;100O;75P)

EXCLUSION(S) PSYC 101/3.0; PSYC 102/3.0; PSYC 103/3.0

PSYC 202/3.0 - Statistics in Psychology

An introduction to descriptive and inferential statistics in psychology. Topics will include descriptive statistics, probability, correlation and regression, experimental design and one-way ANOVA.

PREREQUISITE A grade of B- in PSYC 100/6.0 and (registration in a PSYC Major or Medial or Specialization Plan).

EXCLUSION(S) BIOL 243/3.0; CHEE 209/3.0; ECON 250/3.0; GPHY 247/3.0; KNPE 251/3.0 (formerly PHED 251/3.0); NURS 323/3.0; POLS 385/3.0; SOCY 211/3.0; STAT 263/3.0; STAT 267/3.0; STAT 367/3.0; COMM 162/3.0.

PSYC 203/3.0 - Research Methods in Psychology

Lectures will focus on basic research methodologies. Labs will include the collection and statistical analysis of data, and the reporting of experimental findings. To introduce students to the breadth of psychological research, there will be a series of guest lectures in which professors present their own research.

PREREQUISITE PSYC 202/3.0; BIOL 243/3.0; CHEE 209/3.0; ECON 250/3.0; GPHY 247/3.0; KNPE 251/3.0 (formerly PHED 251/3.0); NURS 323/3.0; POLS 385/3.0; SOCY 211/3.0; STAT 263/3.0; STAT 267/3.0; STAT 367/3.0; COMM 162/3.0 and (registration in a PSYC Major or Medial or Specialization Plan).

EXCLUSION(S) BMED 270/3.0

PSYC 204/3.0 - Applications and Careers in the Psychological Sciences

This course explores how the psychological sciences are applied in practice, and identifies education and training paths required for work in the psychological sciences. Students will gain significant exposure to career and education planning considerations within the psychological sciences.

LEARNING HOURS 111 (24L;12G;3O;72P)

PREREQUISITE PSYC 100/6.0.

PSYC 221/3.0 - Cognitive Psychology

An introduction to the empirical study of mental processes. Topics include perception and attention, working memory, long-term memory, visual imagery, problem-solving, language, and decision-making.

NOTE Also offered online. Consult Art and Science Online. Learning Hours may vary.

NOTE Also offered at the Bader International Study Centre, Herstmonceux. Learning Hours may vary.

LEARNING HOURS 120 (36L;84P)

PREREQUISITE PSYC 100/6.0.

EXCLUSION(S) COGS 200/6.0; PSYC 220/6.0

PSYC 231/3.0 - The Study of Personality

An examination of the major theoretical approaches to the study of personality with attention to the utility of these theories as measured by empirical investigations.

PREREQUISITE PSYC 100/6.0.

PSYC 236/3.0 - Introduction to Clinical Psychology

The experimental approach to understanding the causes, symptoms, course, and treatment of mental illness is emphasized in the analysis of disorders of cognition (e.g., schizophrenia), and problem behaviours (e.g., addictions, sexual disorders).

NOTE Also offered online. Consult Arts and Science Online. Learning Hours may vary.

LEARNING HOURS 120 (36L;12O;72P)

EQUIVALENCY PSYC 235/6.0.

PREREQUISITE PSYC 100/6.0.

PSYC 241/3.0 - Social Psychology

The study of the individual in the social context: Self and identity, social cognition, interpersonal behaviour (affiliation, attraction, sex, aggression, altruism); social attitudes, prejudice and discrimination; social influence and group processes (conformity, leadership and intergroup relations); applied social psychology.

NOTE Also offered online. Consult Arts and Science Online.

PREREQUISITE PSYC 100/6.0.

PSYC 251/3.0 - Developmental Psychology

Introduction to the scientific study of human development, as well as the fundamental theories, methods and applications in the field of developmental psychology. A major focus of this course is the social, cognitive, and neurobiological processes that underlie perceptual, cognitive, and emotional development from conception to adolescence.

NOTE Also offered online. Consult Arts and Science Online. Learning Hours may vary.

LEARNING HOURS 120 (12L;18T;36O;48P)

PREREQUISITE PSYC 100/6.0.

PSYC 271/3.0 - Brain and Behaviour I

An introduction to behavioural neuroscience. The course primarily focuses on the basics of neuronal operation, functional neuroanatomy, neuropharmacology, and behavioral neuroscience methods. This will be followed by an examination of input (sensory) and output (motor) systems of the brain. Finally, topics relevant to lateralization of function and language will be covered.

NOTE Also offered online. Consult Arts and Science Online. Learning Hours may vary.

LEARNING HOURS 120 (36L;84P)

PREREQUISITE PSYC 100/6.0.

ONE-WAY EXCLUSION May not be taken with or after NSCI 323/3.0; NSCI 324/3.0; PSYC 370/3.0.

PSYC 299/3.0 - Introduction to Directed Research in Psychology

Laboratory courses to be arranged in consultation with individual Faculty members of the Department.

LEARNING HOURS 120(72Lb;24G;24P)

PREREQUISITE PSYC 100/6.0 and registered in an Honours Plan in Psychology or by Undergraduate Chair permission.

PSYC 301/3.0 - Advanced Statistical Inference

Statistical inference (continuation of PSYC 202/PSYC 203) and laboratory projects. The course covers critical thinking about research and statistics and three types of statistical analyses: tests of categorization, comparisons of means, and association.

NOTE Enrollment is limited. Restricted to students in a PSYC Major Plan.

LEARNING HOURS 120 (36L;36Lb;12G;12O;24P)

PREREQUISITE [A minimum GPA of 1.90 in (PSYC 202/3.0 or STAT_Options) and PSYC 203/3.0] and (a minimum GPA of 2.60 in PSYC at the 100 and 200 level) and (registration in a PSYC Major Plan).

PSYC 302/3.0 - Advanced Research Methods

The application of previous statistical and methodological courses (continuation of PSYC 202/PSYC 203/PSYC 301) toward the design, execution, analysis, and communication of a research project. Lectures and laboratories cover data collection, data management, some advanced statistical analyses, and communication skills.

NOTE Enrollment is limited. Restricted to students in a PSYC Major Plan. Required for admission to PSYC 501/9.0.

LEARNING HOURS 120 (36L;36Lb;12G;12O;24P)

PREREQUISITE A minimum grade of C in PSYC 301/3.0 and registration in a PSYC Major Plan.

PSYC 305/3.0 - Introduction to Comparative Cognition

An overview of the evolution and function of cognitive processes. Emphasis will be placed on understanding how natural selection shaped cognition across animal species. Topics such as memory, decision making, cooperation, and communication will be examined from a behavioral ecology and experimental psychology perspective.

LEARNING HOURS 120(18L;18T;120O;72P)

REREQUISITE PSYC100 and at least 6.0 units at the 200-level or above in PSYC and/or BIOL and/or LING and/or LISC and/or COGS

EXCLUSION(S) PSYC 205/3.0

PSYC 315/3.0 - Introduction to the Analysis of Psychological Signals

The objective of this course is to (1) introduce the student to basic techniques for the quantitative analysis of time-varying signals and (2) teach the student how to apply these techniques using MATLAB. Emphasis will be placed on methods appropriate to the psychological research environment.

NOTE Expertise in MATLAB or signal processing is not required.

LEARNING HOURS 120 (18L;36Lb;66P)

PREREQUISITE PSYC 203/3.0.

EXCLUSION(S) PSYC 495/3.0 (2012-2016)

PSYC 320/3.0 - Selected Topics in Cognitive Neuroscience

Upper year courses related to the discipline of cognitive neuroscience. Offered periodically.

LEARNING HOURS may vary

PREREQUISITE PSYC 221/3.0.

PSYC 321/3.0 - Psycholinguistics

An introduction to psycholinguistic research and theory. Weekly lectures and laboratories will introduce topics including language perception, language production, conversation and linguistic representation. Applied issues in language research will be emphasized (e.g., speech pathology, language aids, and machine recognition of speech).

LEARNING HOURS 120(18L;18Lb;72P)

PREREQUISITE PSYC 221/3.0 and [PSYC 203/3.0 or (Level 3 or above and registration in a LING Plan and a grade of B- in PSYC 100/6.0)].

PSYC 323/3.0 - Laboratory in Attention

The laboratory in attention course provides students with both demonstrations and hands-on experience with the methodological design and data analysis techniques used in conducting classic studies of attention. Experimental techniques include attentional cueing, visual search, change blindness, inattentional blindness, eye-tracking, multi-object tracking, and functional imaging.

PREREQUISITE (PSYC 203/3.0 and [PSYC 221/3.0 or PSYC 220/6.0]) or COGS 200/6.0.

PSYC 330/3.0 - Selected Topics in Clinical Psychology

Upper year courses related to the discipline of clinical psychology. Offered periodically.

LEARNING HOURS may vary

PREREQUISITE PSYC 236/3.0.

PSYC 332/3.0 - Health Psychology

Key issues in health and health care require approaches embodying psychological, biological, and sociological factors. For every CT scan, injection, or doctor visit, there is a person to be considered. This course explores a variety of health-related topics where psychology has a significant role (e.g., health promotion, stress, psychoneuroimmunology, medical contacts, pain, illness, sport). Canadian statistics used in discussions.

PREREQUISITE (PSYC 235/6.0 or PSYC 236/3.0) and (PSYC 202/3.0 or 3.0 units from STAT_Options).

PSYC 333/3.0 - Human Sexuality

An overview of typical sexual behaviour and its variations. Topics include the history of sex research, the sexual response cycle, sexual dysfunction, gender identity, and sexual orientation. Particular attention will be paid to current issues in sex research and theory.

NOTE Also offered online. Consult Arts and Science Online. Learning Hours may vary.

NOTE Also offered at the Bader International Studies Centre, Herstmonceux. Learning Hours may vary.

LEARNING HOURS 120 (36L;84P)

PREREQUISITE PSYC 235/6.0 or PSYC 236/3.0 or PSYC 251/3.0 or PSYC 271/3.0 or PSYC 370/3.0.

PSYC 334/3.0 - Laboratory in Psychological Testing

A lecture and laboratory course on psychometrics. Test development and evaluation will be the focus of student projects. The course will introduce software packages used for analyzing psychological test data.

LEARNING HOURS 120 (24L;24Lb;12G;60P)

PREREQUISITE PSYC 301/3.0

PSYC 335/3.0 - Positive Psychology

Positive Psychology is the scientific study of optimal human functioning. Lectures review the history and empirical support in areas such as interpersonal relationships, and applying positive thinking. Homework assignments will include experiential exercises designed to foster an increased understanding of the role of positive psychology in everyday life.

NOTE Also offered at the Bader International Studies Centre, Herstmonceux.

Learning Hours may vary.

PREREQUISITE PSYC 203/3.0 and (PSYC 235/6.0 or PSYC 236/3.0).

PSYC 336/3.0 - Advanced Adult Clinical Psychology

The purpose of this course is to provide students with an advanced understanding of theories of the etiology, pathology, and treatment of mental illness in adults. Theory and research will be emphasized that cut across traditional diagnostic categories and focus on domains of social, cognitive-affective, and biological functioning.

LEARNING HOURS 120(36L;18G;36I;36P)

PREREQUISITE PSYC 235/6.0 or PSYC 236/3.0.

EXCLUSION(S) PSYC 399/3.0 Topic: Psychopathology

PSYC 337/3.0 - Advanced Child Clinical Psychology

The purpose of this course to provide students with an advanced understanding of child and adolescent psychopathology with an emphasis on developmental considerations. Students will learn about different theoretical perspectives on the etiology, pathology, and treatment of a variety of child and adolescent mental disorders.

LEARNING HOURS 130(36L;10O;84P)

PREREQUISITE PSYC 235/6.0 or PSYC 236/3.0.

EXCLUSION(S) PSYC 399/3.0 Topic: Advanced Child Psychology

PSYC 340/3.0 - Selected Topics in Social Psychology

Upper year courses related to the discipline of Social Psychology. Offered periodically.

LEARNING HOURS may vary

PREREQUISITE PSYC 241/3.0.

PSYC 341/3.0 - Laboratory in Social Psychology

This course aims to provide students with hands-on experience in social psychology research. Students will learn principles of research methods in social psychology, involving literature review, research designs, data collection/management/analysis, and report.

LEARNING HOURS 120 (18L;18Lb;12Oc;72P)

PREREQUISITE PSYC 203/3.0 and PSYC 241/3.0.

EXCLUSION(S) PSYC 399/3.0 (2017)

PSYC 342/3.0 - The Psychology of Social Influence

This course reviews theory and research on the processes by which people exert influence on one another’s behaviours, beliefs, emotions, and attitudes. Topics of study include conformity, compliance, obedience, and persuasion. The course will focus on both the theoretical and applied implications of social influence research.

NOTE Also offered at the Bader International Study Centre, Herstmonceux. Learning Hours may vary.

LEARNING HOURS 120 (36L;84P)

PREREQUISITE PSYC 100/6.0.

PSYC 343/3.0 - Judgement and Decision Making

This course is focused upon research in judgment and decision-making such as biases due to anchoring, relativity, intuition, and social norms. Assignments will apply topics to students’ everyday lives, help students be aware of common reasoning errors, and improve students’ ability to predict and influence the behavior of others.

LEARNING HOURS 120(36L;84P)

PREREQUISITE PSYC 241/3.0.

EXCLUSION(S) PSYC 399/3.0 Topic: Judgement and Decision Making

PSYC 350/3.0 - Selected Topics in Developmental Psychology

Lecture courses on selected topics in the area of developmental psychology offered periodically.

LEARNING HOURS 120 (36L;84P)

PREREQUISITE PSYC 203/3.0 and PSYC 251/3.0.

EXCLUSION(S) PSYC 353/3.0 (Topic: Atypical Development); PSYC 457/3.0.

PSYC 351/3.0 - Social and Emotional Development

An overview of the development of emotions and their regulation. Topics range from basic emotions in infancy and interactions with caregivers that lay the foundations of socialized behaviour to the emotional upheaval and radical social changes of adolescence. Individual differences in social and emotional behaviour will be considered in light of both typical and atypical development.

LEARNING HOURS 120 (36L;84P)

PREREQUISITE PSYC 251/3.0.

PSYC 352/3.0 - Cognitive and Language Development

An overview of the development of cognitive and language processes in children. Topics include a discussion of the biological and social foundations of cognitive and language development, perceptual development, early communication, development of concepts and scripts, and improvements in reasoning and problem-solving ability over the course of development.

PREREQUISTE (PSYC 203/3.0 and PSYC 251/3.0) or (level 3 and [registration in a COGS or LING Plan] and PSYC 100/6.0 with a grade of B-).

PSYC 353/3.0 - Atypical Development

This course will begin by defining atypical development and discuss how gaining better understanding of atypical development allows us to understand typical development, and vice versa. We will cover six disorders in greater detail: Language Disorders, Dyslexia, Down Syndrome, Williams Syndrome, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and Autism.

LEARNING HOURS 127 (36L;91P)

EQUIVALENCY PSYC 457/3.0.

PREREQUISTE PSYC 251/3.0 and one of (BMED 270/3.0, HLTH 252/3.0, PSYC 203/3.0, SOCY 210/3.0).

EXCLUSION(S) PSYC 350/3.0 (2015-16; 2016-17)

PSYC 355/3.0 - Comparative Cognition: Cognitive Origins Laboratory

Advanced study in comparative cognition with a focus on the evolution and function of cognitive processes across animal species. Through lectures, laboratory activities, and readings, theory and research methodology in the areas of number, timing, casual reasoning, social learning, tool use, social cognition, and communication will be discussed.

LEARNING HOURS 120 (18L;18Lb;12O;72P)

PREREQUISITE [PSYC 203/3.0 and (PSYC 205/3.0 taken in Fall 2015 or onward) or (Level and registration in a BCHM, BIOL, or LISC Plan)].

PSYC 360/3.0 - The Neurobiology and Psychology of Sleep

The course will introduce students to: the physiology and neurobiology of sleep; methodology of sleep research; evolution and comparative aspects of sleep; discussion of potential functions of sleep; overview of sleep disorders.

NOTE Students will spend two full nights in the Sleep Laboratory.

LEARNING HOURS 126 (18L;36Lb;12O:60P)

PREREQUISITE PSYC 203/3.0 and PSYC 271/3.0.

PSYC 365/3.0 - Selected Topics in Behavioral Neuroscience

Upper year courses related to the discipline of behavioral neuroscience. Offered periodically.

LEARNING HOURS may vary

PREREQUISITE PSYC 271/3.0

PSYC 370/3.0 - Brain and Behaviour II

The relationship between brain and behaviour. The first part of the course examines topics relevant to brain plasticity, including neurodevelopment, brain damage and learning and memory; followed by a section on the biopsychology of motivation that covers the neural mechanisms of eating, sexual behaviour and sleep. The final section deals with disorders of cognition and emotion, including drug addiction, stress and psychiatric disorders.

NOTE Also offered online. Consult Arts and Science Online. Learning Hours may vary.

LEARNING HOURS 120 (36L;84P)

RECOMMENDATION PSYC 100/6.0.

PREREQUISITE PSYC 271/3.0 or (Level 3 and registration in a BIOL or LISC Plan).

PSYC 375/3.0 - Comparative Cognition: Animal Learning Laboratory

This course covers recent research in comparative cognition at an advanced level. Emphasis will be placed on critically evaluating scientific controversies in specific topics, such as episodic memory in animals, mechanisms of spatial navigation, and value-based decision-making. Laboratory sessions will explore the principles discussed in lectures.

LEARNING HOURS 126 (18L;18Lb;12O;78P)

PREREQUISITE [PSYC 203/3.0 and (PSYC 205/3.0 if taken in Fall 2015 or onward)] or (Level 3 and registration in a BCHM, BIOL, or LISC Plan).

PSYC 376/3.0 - Functional Neuroimaging the Human Brain and Mind

Brain imaging, and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) in particular, has become a revolutionary tool in the study of human brain function and organization. This course will cover brain imaging technology, current tools and techniques for analysis, and highlight the key role that fMRI has played in the field of cognitive neuroscience.

LEARNING HOURS 112/5(33L;15G;16/5O;15Oc;33P)

PREREQUISITE Students must be in good-standing in the 3rd or 4th year of Psychology or Life Science.

EXCLUSION(S) PSYC 398/3.0 Topic: Functional Neuroimaging

PSYC 380/3.0 - Advanced Perception

This advanced course in visual and auditory perception will integrate findings from neuroanatomy and physiology with psychophysics, perception, and behavior. Information processing will be traced from sensory structures through to motor output and communicative behaviour. The course will introduce you to psychophysical and neurophysical methodology and will contain many demonstrations and hands-on experiments.

PREREQUISITE PSYC 203/3.0 and PSYC 215/3.0.

PSYC 397/3.0 - History of Modern Psychology

A survey of the history of modern psychology, from the early 19th century to the close of the 20th. The more important empirical findings of psychology and related disciplines will be examined together with their theoretical explanations. The course will lead to an examination of the causes of differential scientific progress in the various subfields of psychology.

NOTE Also offered online. Consult Arts and Science Online.

NOTE Also offered at the Bader International Study Centre, Herstmonceux.

PREREQUISITE PSYC 100/6.0.

PSYC 398/3.0 - Selected Topics in Psychology I

Lecture courses on selected topics in psychology offered periodically.

NOTE Prerequisites vary depending on specific course content; consult instructor or Undergraduate Office in the Psychology Department.

EXCLUSION(S) ECON 443/3.0 (Topic: Behavioural Neuroeconomics) and PSYC 398/3.0 (Topic: Behavioural Neuroeconomics).

PSYC 399/3.0 - Selected Topics in Psychology II

Lecture courses on selected topics in psychology offered periodically.

NOTE Prerequisites vary depending on specific course content; consult instructor or Undergraduate Office in the Psychology Department.

PSYC 400/6.0 - Applied Research in Higher Education

An introduction to the scholarship and practice of teaching including what it means to be a scholarly teacher, how pedagogy research informs educational practice, and how people learn complex information. In addition to readings, critiques and facilitated discussions, a practicum component will include facilitating weekly tutorials.

NOTE Students must complete an application and be invited for an interview in the spring to be eligible for this fall term course. During the fall term, students will be responsible for facilitating 2-3 PSYC 100 tutorials per week as part of their teaching practicum.

LEARNING HOURS 221 (24S;24G;78Pc;20O;75P)

PREREQUISITE Level 3 or above in a PSYC Major, Medial, or Specialization Plan and a GPA of 3.30 in PSYC.

PSYC 420/3.0 - Advanced Topics in Cognitive Psychology

An examination of selected topics in cognitive psychology which may include: computational modelling; problem-solving; face recognition; gestalt influences on cognitive science; motor control processes; cognitive neuropsychology. Exact topics to vary by year.

PREREQUISITE PSYC 221/3.0 or PSYC 220/6.0 or COGS 200/6.0.

PSYC 422/3.0 - Selected Topics in Attention

Addresses topics in attentional control including limits in attentional control, cortical mechanisms of attention, spatial and temporal attention, interaction of attention and memory, and influence of videogame playing on attentional control.

PREREQUISITE PSYC 221/3.0 or PSYC 220/6.0 or COGS 200/6.0.

PSYC 423/3.0 - Selected Topics in Real-World Scene Perception

A discussion of some areas in natural scene perception. Topics that will be discussed include: speeded processing of scene gist, the neural basis of scene perception, attention and eye movements, visual search and memory in real-world contexts, as well as some discussion of other more applied research related to the processing of real-world scenes.

PREREQUISITE PSYC 221/3.0 or PSYC 220/6.0 or COGS 200/6.0.

PSYC 428/3.0 - Psychotic Disorders

This seminar will provide students with an in-depth understanding of research in psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia and severe mood disorders. Topics will include neurocognitive dysfunction and its relationship to disability, pharmacological and psychological treatment, and assessment of symptoms across the lifespan.

LEARNING HOURS 120(36S;84P)

PREREQUISITE PSYC 235/6.0 or PSYC 236/3.0.

EXCLUSION(S) PSYC435/3.0 Topic: Psychotic Disorders

PSYC 429/3.0 - Pain: Body and Mind

Pain is easy to recognize, but enormously challenging to define, describe and treat. This interactive and interdisciplinary course approaches the challenge of pain from the perspectives of philosophy, neuroscience and clinical psychology. We will examine what pain is, how we measure and treat it, and how it is instantiated in the body and brain.

LEARNING HOURS 123(12L;18S;9G;84P)

PREREQUISITE PSYC 203/3.0 and PSYC 271/3.0.

EXCLUSION(S) PSYC 480/3.0 Topic: Pain: Body and Mind

PSYC 430/3.0 - The Self

This course reviews theory and research on the self, primarily from a social psychological perspective. Topics include: the nature of the self, search for self-knowledge, self-development, self-cognition, self-regulation of behaviour, self-presentation, self-esteem, and the role of the self in psychological health.

PREREQUISITE PSYC 203/3.0 and PSYC 241/3.0.

PSYC 433/3.0 - Human Sexual Function and Dysfunction

This course will provide students with an overview of common sexual dysfunctions, including prevalence, clinical presentation, and comorbid diagnoses. Particular attention will be paid to assessment and treatment (both therapy and medical management) in sexual dysfunction; in addition, past and current research strategies will be presented and critiqued, with an emphasis on classification difficulties.

PREREQUISITE PSYC 203/3.0 and (PSYC 235/6.0 or PSYC 236/3.0 or PSYC 333/3.0).

PSYC 435/3.0 - Advanced Topics in Clinical Psychology

Recent developments in the experimental investigation of such abnormal behaviours as anxiety, depression, thought and memory disorders, etc.

NOTE Prerequisites vary depending on specific course content; consult instructor or Undergraduate Office in the Psychology Department.

PSYC 436/3.0 - Sexuality and Gender

This course provides an overview of the main theoretical perspectives on gender differences and similarities in sexuality, and examines how differences and similarities manifest in multiple domains, including sexual attitudes and behaviours, sexual motivation, mating strategies, sexual orientation, sexual psychophysiology, atypical sexuality, and sexual functioning.

LEARNING HOURS 126 (12L;24S;90P)

PREREQUISITE PSYC 203/3.0 and (PSYC 235/6.0 or PSYC 236/3.0 or PSYC 333/3.0 or BIOL 369/3.0)

PSYC 437/3.0 - Mood Disorders

An intensive study of the state of research and controversies in the area of mood disorders. Specific topics covered will include bio-genetic, cognitive, interpersonal, and stress theories of etiology, as well as state-of-the-art advances in treatment.

LEARNING HOURS 120 (18L;18S;84P)

PREREQUISITE PSYC 203/3.0 and (PSYC 235/6.0 or PSYC 236/3.0).

PSYC 438/3.0 - Self-injury and Suicide

Why do people intentionally hurt themselves? In this course, students will develop an advanced scientific understanding of suicide and non-suicidal self-injury. We will focus on: (a) definition, phenomenology, assessment, and epidemiology; (b) modern theories; (c) transdiagnostic risk factors; and (d) intervention, prevention, and postvention.

LEARNING HOURS 120(6L18S;9G;6O,6Oc;75P)

PREREQUISITE PSYC 203/3.0. PSYC236/3.0 and PSYC 480/3.0 (Topic: Self-Injury and Suicide)

PSYC 440/3.0 - Advanced Topics in Social Psychology

A discussion of some areas and issues in social psychology emphasizing techniques and methods of social psychological research. Substantive topics may include attitudes and attitude change, psychology of women, conformity and deviance, etc.

NOTE Prerequisites vary depending on specific course content; consult instructor or Undergraduate Office in the Psychology Department.

PSYC 441/3.0 - Attitudes and Persuasion

This course provides an overview of classic and contemporary theories of attitudes and persuasion. Topics include the structure of attitudes, the role of attitudes in information processing, the impact of attitudes on behaviour, and the psychological processes underlying attitude change. A particular emphasis is placed on reviewing and evaluating theories of persuasion.

LEARNING HOURS 120 (24L;12S;84P)

PREREQUISITE PSYC 203/3.0 and PSYC 241/3.0.

PSYC 442/3.0 - Culture and Cognition

This course will examine a wide range of social cognitive topics (e.g., reasoning, decision making, attribution, language, self-concept, cognitive styles, emotion, relationship and subjective well-being) from a cultural perspective by drawing on a wide range of cross-cultural studies.

NOTE Also offered at the Bader International Studies Centre, Herstmonceux. Learning Hours may vary.

LEARNING HOURS 114 (12L;24S;78P)

PREREQUISITE PSYC 203/3.0 and PSYC 241/3.0.

PSYC 443/3.0 - Intimate Relationships

Classic and contemporary research pertaining to adult romantic relationships. Topics include attachment styles, relationship development, communication, and conflict in relationships.

LEARNING HOURS 126 (18L;18S;90P)

PREREQUISITE PSYC 203/3.0 and PSYC 241/3.0.

PSYC 450/3.0 - Advanced Topics in Developmental Psychology

Topics vary from year to year and may include prenatal factors in development, infancy, aging, adolescence, cultural deprivation and intervention programs in early childhood, and developmental psychopathology.

NOTE Prerequisites vary depending on specific course content; consult instructor or Undergraduate Office in the Psychology Department.

LEARNING HOURS 128 (18L;18S;25G;15O;52P)

PSYC 451/3.0 - Brain Development

This course is designed to be a relatively broad discussion of brain development, with a particular focus on issues such as development course, measurement, brain functioning, plasticity, and atypicality.

LEARNING HOURS 120(36S;84Oc)

PREREQUISITE PSYC 251/3.0 and PSYC 271/3.0.

EXCLUSION(S) PSYC 450/3.0 Topic: Developmental Psychology

PSYC 452/3.0 - Developmental Psycholinguistics

This seminar focuses on the human ability to produce and comprehend language and its development. Using original empirical articles the participants in the seminar will examine topics like syntactic and lexical disambiguation, structural priming, the development of reading, and cultural variability in language ability.

PREREQUISITE (PSYC 203/3.0 and 12.0 units in PSYC at the 200 level or above) or (level 3 and [registration in a LING or COGS Plan] and a grade of B- in PSYC 100/6.0).

PSYC 453/3.0 - Infancy

This seminar examines social and cognitive development during the first two years of life. Topics include the early differentiation between animate and inanimate entities, goal attribution, imitation, and prosocial behaviour.

PREREQUISITE PSYC 203/3.0 and PSYC 251/3.0.

PSYC 454/3.0 - Child in Society

The seminar focuses on the development of children’s ability to navigate the social world. How do children understand social structures and processes? What determines their place in these structures? Topics will vary, e.g., the cognitive representation of social structures, modeling of social dynamics, cultural learning, essentialism, cooperation.

LEARNING HOURS 120(36S;12G;12O;60P)

PREREQUISITE PSYC 203/3.0 and PSYC 251/3.0.

EXCLUSION(S) PSYC480/3.0 Topic: Child in Society

PSYC 455/3.0 - Adolescence

This seminar will explore psychological development from the transition out of childhood to the transition into adulthood. The content of the course will cover typical and atypical adolescent development within several domains: cognitive, social, emotional, neurological and physical. Readings will focus on both basic developmental theory and applied research.

PREREQUISITE PSYC 203/3.0 and PSYC 251/3.0.

PSYC 456/3.0 - Theory of Mind

Explores children’s emerging understanding that others’ observable behaviours are motivated by internal mental states such as intentions, desires and beliefs. The first section of the course will cover the development of this understanding from infancy through the preschool years. The second section of the course will cover how this emerging understanding affects children’s social and communicative development.

PREREQUISITE PSYC 203/3.0 and PSYC 251/3.0.

PSYC 470/3.0 - Advanced Topics in Behavioural Neuroscience

Intensive coverage of selected topics in behavioural neuroscience to include, in different years, such topics as neurobiology of learning and memory, neuroendocrinology, biological bases of motivation, biological bases of brain disorders, etc.

PREREQUISITE PSYC 205/3.0 and PSYC 271/3.0 and PSYC 370/3.0.

PSYC 471/3.0 - Behavioural Pharmacology

The neuropharmacological basis of psychological processes. Topics to be covered include drug actions on neurochemical systems, psychoactive effects of drugs and the neuropharmacological basis of psychiatric disorders.

LEARNING HOURS 120 (36S;84P)

PREREQUISITE Level 3 and (PSYC 205/3.0 or [PSYC 271/3.0 and PSYC 370/3.0).

PSYC 473/3.0 - Neurobiology of Psychiatric Disorders

An examination of current theories on the neurobiology of mental disorders (e.g. autism, schizophrenia, mood and anxiety disorders). Seminars will focus on the evaluation of animal models for investigating neurodevelopmental and pharmacological aspects of various psychopathologies.

RECOMMENDATION PSYC 205/3.0.

PREREQUISITE PSYC 271/3.0 and (PSYC 370/3.0).

PSYC 480/3.0 - Special Topics in Psychology I

Seminar courses on advanced topics in psychology offered periodically by visiting professors.

NOTE Prerequisites vary depending on specific course content; consult instructor or Undergraduate Office in the Psychology Department.

NOTE Also offered at the Bader International Studies Centre, Herstmonceux.

LEARNING HOURS learning hours may vary

PSYC 485/3.0 - Special Topics in Psychology II

Seminar courses on advanced topics in psychology offered periodically by visiting professors.

NOTE Prerequisites vary depending on specific course content; consult instructor or Undergraduate Office in the Psychology Department.

LEARNING HOURS 120 (36S;84P)

PSYC 495/3.0 - Advanced Topic in Psychology

Seminar and lab course on an advanced topic in psychology offered periodically by visiting professors.

NOTE Prerequisites vary depending on specific course content; consult instructor or Undergraduate Office in the Psychology Department.

LEARNING HOURS 120 (12L;24S;84P)

PSYC 501/9.0 - Honours Thesis

Each student will, under supervision, formulate and present an original research proposal involving the collection and analysis of data, carry it out, and submit a thesis based on the results. Proposals must be approved by relevant Ethics Review committees. This course is optional for students completing a major in psychology but all students are advised that admission to a graduate research program in psychology normally requires the completion of an honours thesis.

NOTE Students whose research involves the care and/or handling of animals must also complete the Introductory Animal Care Course and if required the appropriate Animal Use workshops through the Office of the University Veterinarian.

LEARNING HOURS 365 (9S;6T;350P)

PREREQUISITE (A grade of C+ in PSYC 302/3.0 or PSYC 300/6.0) and (a GPA of 2.60 in PSYC 202/3.0; PSYC 203/3.0; PSYC 301/3.0; PSYC 302/3.0) and a GPA of 3.30 in PSYC and permission of Department.

PSYC 550/3.0 - Directed Special Reading I

Reading courses to be arranged in consultation with individual members of the Department.

NOTE Students are limited to a maximum of two of PSYC 550/3.0, PSYC 555/3.0, PSYC 570/3.0, or PSYC 575/3.0 Students are also limited to a maximum of two 500-level courses supervised by the same faculty member. (Students registered in PSYC 501/9.0 concurrently will not normally take one of these courses with their thesis supervisor.)

LEARNING HOURS 117 (20G;13I;84P)

PREREQUISITE Permission of the instructor and of the Chair of Undergraduate Studies and Level 3 or above and registration in a PSYC Major, Medial or Specialization Plan.

PSYC 555/3.0 - Directed Special Reading II

Reading courses to be arranged in consultation with individual members of the Department.

NOTE Students are limited to a maximum of two of PSYC 550/3.0, PSYC 555/3.0, PSYC 570/3.0, or PSYC 575/3.0. Students are also limited to a maximum of two 500-level courses supervised by the same faculty member. (Students registered in PSYC 501/9.0 concurrently will not normally take one of these courses with their thesis supervisor.)

LEARNING HOURS 117 (20G;13I;84P)

PREREQUISITE Permission of the instructor and of the Chair of Undergraduate Studies and Level 3 or above and registration in a PSYC Major, Medial or Specialization Plan.

PSYC 570/3.0 - Directed Special Laboratory I

Laboratory courses to be arranged in consultation with individual members of the Department. Courses must involve data collection; approximately 5-7 hours of lab work per week required.

NOTE Students whose research involves the care and/or handling of animals must also complete the Introductory Animal Care Course and if required the appropriate Animal Use workshops through the Office of the University Veterinarian.

NOTE Students are limited to a maximum of two of PSYC 550/3.0, PSYC 555/3.0, PSYC 570/3.0, or PSYC 575/3.0. Students are also limited to a maximum of two 500-level courses supervised by the same faculty member. (Students registered in PSYC 501/9.0 concurrently will not normally take one of these courses with their thesis supervisor.)

LEARNING HOURS 117 (78Lb;39P)

PREREQUISITE Permission of the instructor and of the Chair of Undergraduate Studies and Level 3 or above and registration in a PSYC Major, Medial or Specialization Plan.

PSYC 575/3.0 - Directed Special Laboratory II

Laboratory courses to be arranged in consultation with individual members of the Department. Courses must involve data collection; approximately 5-7 hours of lab work per week required.

NOTE Students whose research involves the care and/or handling of animals must also complete the Introductory Animal Care Course and if required the appropriate Animal Use workshops through the Office of the University Veterinarian.

NOTE Students are limited to a maximum of two of PSYC 550/3.0, PSYC 555/3.0, PSYC 570/3.0, or PSYC 575/3.0. Students are also limited to a maximum of two 500-level courses supervised by the same faculty member. (Students registered in PSYC 501/9.0 concurrently will not normally take one of these courses with their thesis supervisor.)

LEARNING HOURS 117 (78Lb;39P)

PREREQUISITE Permission of the instructor and of the Chair of Undergraduate Studies and Level 3 or above and registration in a PSYC Major, Medial or Specialization Plan.