This learning community will explore abilities, personality, social cognition and influence, psychological disorders and others, and examine the roles they have played in literature throughout the ages. We will read and write critical responses to a number of texts, including Machievelli's "The Prince," Shakespeare's "Hamlet," Philip Roth's "Portnoy's Complaint" and Susanna Kaysen's "Girl Interrupted." We will also use films and field trips to help us analyze the importance of the psyche in humanity's actions and reactions to the world around it.
This paired learning community course applies the major principles and practices associated with community psychology and educational psychology to the provision of educational services and schooling in high risk settings. Students will explore how individual experiences, culture, family and community values, and environmental factors impact on success in school.