Seminar in Contemporary Trends: Addictions

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Course No: PSYC.4771-061; SIS Class Nbr: 9920; SIS Term: 2830
Course Status: Open

Course Description

An advanced seminar to consider special current topics in psychology with focus on critique of the theoretical and empirical literature, identification of future research pathways, and the potential for application with consideration of ethics and social responsibility. The focus of this seminar is on the psychology of addictions. Drawing upon current theory and research, we will look at the nature and causes of the problem behaviors associated with alcohol and drug use. We will also consider whether problems in such areas as shopping, eating, gambling, sex, video games, and the Internet can be understood as forms of addictions. In addition, we will examine the implications of whether or not such addictions should be viewed as diseases, and we will evaluate the relative importance of biological, psychological and socio-cultural factors. This is a writing-intensive course.

Prerequisites, Notes & Instructor

  • Prerequisites: PSYC.1010 Intro to Psychological Science, and PSYC.2320 Psychology of Personality, or PSYC.2720 Abnormal Psychology, and PSYC.2690 Research I: Methods.
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  • Core Codes: SS, SRE, WOC
  • Credits: 3; Contact Hours: 3
  • Instructor: Richard Siegel
  • Textbook Information

When Offered & Tuition

  • Online Course
  • Spring 2019: Jan 22 to Apr 07
  • Course Level: Undergraduate
  • Tuition: $1140
  • Note: There is a $30 per semester, nonrefundable registration fee for credit courses.

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