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0051-0052. Elements I and II (4 s.h. each) FS

Exposure to hearing and practice in speaking Portuguese. Practical vocabulary and conversation. Reading and vocabulary building. Development of reading skill. Classroom and language laboratory drill.

0210. Readings in Portuguese (3 s.h.) F

Readings will be at the 200 level.


0303. Directed Reading (3 s.h.) FS

Prerequisites: Two semesters of Portuguese or permission of instructor. Special readings of Portuguese by arrangement with the Portuguese adviser.

0380. Special Topics in Portuguese (3 s.h.) S

Topics will be at the 300 level.

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C050. Psychology as a Social Science (3 s.h.) (IN/D3) FS

Begins the study of human behavior by examination of basic processes such as seeing, hearing, perceiving, and learning; then the individual as a total organism, and finally, human beings as they function in social groups. An introduction to the bio-social determinants of behavior.

0051. Psychology as a Natural Science (3 s.h.) (D3) FS

Human and animal behavior within the context of physical and biological science. Gives the psychology major a sound basis in the biological determinants of behavior. Adds to Psychology C050 by in-depth study of the methodological, physiological, and experimental aspects of psychology appropriate for majors.

C067. Foundations in Statistical Methods (3 s.h.) (MB/D4) FS

Prerequisites: Math C055 or Stat C011. Introduction to statistics in the behavioral and social sciences. Covers quantitative description, probability, and basic methods of statistical inference. Emphasizes critical approach in interpreting applications. Math C067 and Sociology C067 are comparable courses.

0083. The Psychology of Women (3 s.h.) 96-98

Characterizes the traditional place of women in society, questions the reasons for the roles and status of women, and discusses new directions for women. Topics include: the biological and social foundations of sex roles, intellectual and personality characteristics of women, achievement motivation, and mental health. (Cross-listed with Women's Studies 0083.)

X091. Psychology as a Social Science-Honors (3 s.h.) 96-98

Enables honor students to cover subject matter of Psychology C050 while following their own interests through individual projects and readings.

0092. Psychology as a Natural Science- (3 s.h.) (D3) 96-98

Enables honor students to cover subject matter of Psychology 0051 while following their own interests, within the framework of the study of the biological bases of behavior, through individual projects and readings.


0103. Brain-Behavior Relationships in the Context of Evolution (3 s.h.) FS

Prerequisites: For majors, Psychology 0051 and Biology 0083; for nonmajors, Psychology C050 or permission of instructor. The evolution of behavior and the roles of nervous and endocrine systems that underlie this behavior. Methods and findings of animal research, with application of these to general problems in psychology.

0104. Cognitive Neuroscience (3 s.h.) 96-98

Prerequisites: First level (SA) Science and Technology course of Core Curriculum. The role of the brain in cognition. Neural basis of perception, language, learning, memory, thinking, and creativity. Neural pathology and the consequences for behavior. Neuropsychological assessment techniques.

0105. Learning and Motivation (3 s.h.) FS

Prerequisite: For majors, Psychology 0051; for nonmajors, Psychology C050 or permission of instructor. Theories and experiments that interpret and explain acquisition, activation, and direction of human and animal behavior.

0108. Cognition-Memory, Language and Thought (3 s.h.) FS

Prerequisite: For majors, Psychology 0051; for nonmajors, Psychology C050 or permission of instructor. Survey of recent research and theory in the areas of verbal learning and cognitive processes. Learning and retention of verbal materials, thinking and problem solving, and the relationship between language and thought.

0111. Sensation and Perception (3 s.h.) 96-98

Prerequisites: For majors, Psychology 0051 and Biology 0083; for nonmajors, Psychology C050 or permission of instructor. The nature of fundamental sensory processes. Theory and experiments bearing on significant perceptual phenomena surveyed from both physiological and experimental viewpoints.

0115 SERIES: Current Issues in Psychology (3 s.h.) 96-98

Prerequisite: An introductory course in one of the social sciences. Individual treatment of issues regarding the inner workings of human behavior. Each offering deals with a specific aspect of behavior and motivation pertaining to life in today's society. Previous topics: women and therapy, exploring human nature, and drugs and the mind. (See Schedule of Classes for specific offerings each semester.)

0122. Inferential Methods in Psychology (3 s.h.) FS

Prerequisite: Psychology C067, Sociology C067, or Math C067. Concentrates on useful methods for drawing inferences from sample statistics. Included are hypothesis-testing methods for means, proportions, frequencies, and correlations. Analysis of variance methods are covered for one- and two-factor designs. No student shall satisfy a concentration or distribution requirement by taking more than one of the following courses: Psychology 0122 and Sociology 0201.

0131. Developmental Psychology (3 s.h.) (D3) FS

Prerequisite: Psychology C050. Human development across the life span. The role of genetic factors, maturation, learning, and socio-cultural factors in the development of motivation, cognitive functions, social and emotional adjustment.

0141. Social Psychology (3 s.h.) (D3) FS

Prerequisite: Psychology C050. The function of the individual in social groups and the mutual influences of one upon the other. Processes of communication, persuasion, attitude formation and change, aggression, the structure and function of small groups, and the measurement techniques employed in examining these phenomena.

0150. Psychopathology (3 s.h.) (D3) FS

Prerequisite: Psychology C050. A survey of the principal forms of emotional and behavioral disorders; their causes, symptoms, course, and treatment. Childhood disturbances, schizophrenia, depression, addiction, and suicide.

0151. Theories of Personality (3 s.h.) (D3) FS

Prerequisite: Psychology C050. A comparison of major approaches to the study of personality; how individuals differ from each other; and the styles they use in navigating life circumstances and relationships.

0160. Systems of Psychotherapy (3 s.h.) 96-98

Prerequisite: Psychology C050. A comparison of major systems: psychoanalytic, person-centered, rational-emotive, behavior therapy, etc. Principles and techniques addressed and critically analyzed.

0161. Developmental Psychopathology (3 s.h.) 96-98

Prerequisite: Psychology C050. An overview of various psychological disorders of childhood. Reviews the features, etiology, and treatment of children who differ from "normal" children. Hyperactivity, conduct disorders, delinquency, depression, autism, learning disabilities, mental retardation, physical disorders, and eating disorders.

0162. Introduction to Psychoanalysis (3 s.h.) 96-98

Prerequisite: Psychology C050. The development of Freud's system as a personality theory, treatment technique, and method of inquiry. While Freud is the primary emphasis, dissenting theorists such as Jung, Adler, Sullivan, and Erikson are also discussed. Gives the student a working understanding of psychoanalytic concepts and their place in contemporary psychology and society.

0170. Industrial and Organizational Psychology (3 s.h.) FS

Prerequisite: Psychology C050. A survey of the application of psychological theory, techniques, and research to industry. Selection, training, motivation, job satisfaction, job evaluation, performance measurements, leadership, and other topics.

0190's SERIES: Topics in Psychology-Honors (3 s.h.) FS

Special topics in current developments in the major subdivisions of psychology. Each course involves a different special topic area, such as early experience, social behavior and attachment, history of psychology, aging, and survey research. (See Directory of Classes for specific offerings each semester.)

W270 SERIES: Research Methods in Psychology (4 s.h. each)

Prerequisites: General requirements for the series, Psychology 0051 and 0122. For specific topic requirements, see individual listings. A series of laboratory courses, covering methods employed in psychological research. Different sections stress different content areas, but all approach the general formulation of research questions, and offer training in design, execution, and reporting of research. Content areas are listed below. (Capstone W courses)

W270. Research Methods: Learning (4 s.h.) FS

Prerequisite: Psychology 0105.

W271. Research Methods: Sensation and Perception (4 s.h.) 96-98

Prerequisite: Psychology 0111.

W274. Research Methods: Personality and Social Psychology (4 s.h.) FS

Prerequisite: Psychology 0141, 0150, or 0151.

W275. Research Methods: Comparative and Physiological Psychology (4 s.h.) 96-98

Prerequisites: Psychology 0103, 0104.

W276. Research Methods: Cognitive Psychology (4 s.h.) FS

Prerequisite: Psychology 0108.

W278. Research Methods: Developmental Psychology (4 s.h.) FS

Prerequisite: Psychology 0131.

0291-0292. Research Problems (1-4 s.h. each) FS

Prerequisite: Psychology 0051, 0121, or 0122, and a course in the 270 series. Admission only by permission of the instructor. Faculty adviser needed for research in a particular area. For projects outside Temple University, approval must be obtained through a faculty member who will handle the liaison with the outside institution and ensure uniformity of requirement.

0295-0296. Practicum I-II (3 s.h. each) FS

Prerequisites: Junior/senior psychology major and one letter of reference. Work experience in clinical and industrial settings where psychologists are employed. Eight hours a week under the guidance of an on-site supervisor. Students meet for seminars, and write a paper under the guidance of a Temple coordinator.

0315. History and Systems of Psychology

(3 s.h.) FS

The development of psychology from its origins to present. The conceptual bases of the current major psychological systems.

0320 SERIES: Topics in Psychology (3 s.h.) FS

Special topics in current developments in the major subdivisions of psychology.

0391-0394. Research Problems-Honors (0391, 4 s.h.; 0392-0394, 3 s.h.) FS

Topics arranged by student and instructor.

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C050. Introduction to Asian Religions (3 s.h.) (IS/D1) FS

(Formerly part of Rel. 50-51 sequence-Introduction to World Religions, Religion and Human Experience.) Not open to those who have taken Rel. C053 or 0107. Introduction to the major Asian religious, philosophical, and cultural traditions (Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Shinto) with emphasis on the cultural roots of each religious tradition, the analysis of its principal teachings and practices, and the major cultural expressions in religious art, ritual, poetry, music, and scriptures. (Cross-listed with Asian Studies C050.)

C051. Introduction to Western Religions(3 s.h.) (IS/D1) FS

(Formerly part of Rel. 50-51 sequence.) Not open to those who have taken Rel. C053. This course will study the major Western religious beliefs, values, and practices from their origins in Africa, Europe, and the Near East through the rise and development of the culturally and religiously related traditions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Attention will also be given to the influence of Western religious ideas and institutions to issues and movements on the contemporary world scene.

C052. Religion in America (3 s.h.) (AC/D1) FS

(Formerly Religion 52: Major Religions in America.) An historical and sociological study of practices and beliefs of various religious groups that have shaped American culture, with special attention to ethnic and racial minorities, and to women, as well as to traditional main-line groups and newer movements.

C053. Introduction to World Religions (3 s.h.) (IS) FS

(Formerly Religion 1: Religion and Human Nature.) Not open to those who have taken Religion C050 or C051. Introduction to the major world religions (Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam) as a way of coming to know and appreciate the world-views of other cultures. Attention to beliefs, values, and practices of these religions as ways of dealing with the issues basic to human life. (Cross-listed with Asian Studies C053.)

C054. Religion and Society (3 s.h.) (IN) FS

(Formerly Religion 54: Issues in Religion and Society.) This course deals with such issues as: What is the nature of religion? What impact does it have on personal identity, social life, political structures? What ethical issues arise out of the tensions between religion and society? Emphasis on contemporary Western society and form of religion. Some historical background provided.

R055. Racial Justice: A Religious Mandate for Obedience and Revolt (3 s.h.) FS

This introductory course on race and religion examines the emergence and development of religious faith and social protest thought, in order to propose critical options that foster emancipatory practices in the contemporary struggle for racial justice.


0106-W106. Religion of India (3 s.h.) S

An introduction to the foundations, the nature, the principles of classical Hinduism. An intro-duction to the fundamentals of Buddhism and Jainism. (Cross-listed with Asian Studies 0162.)

0115. Introduction to Zen Buddhism (3 s.h.) 96-98

This course surveys the historical development of Zen Buddhism as it unfolds in India, China, and Japan, and focuses on the examination of the nature of satori experience. It analyzes its existential meaning from perspectives of therapy, Zen practice, and philosophy. (Cross-listed with Asian Studies 0168.)

0116. Chinese Religions-Confucius-Mao (3 s.h.) F

Critical study of the development of Chinese religions from the time of Confucius to Mao, including the problem of idealogical continuity in contemporary China (Maoist Marxism versus Confucianism). (Cross-listed with Asian Studies 0165.)

0118. Chinese Buddhism (3 s.h.) 96-98

The history and schools of thought and practice of Buddhism in China, from the introduction of Buddhism to China from India and its interaction with the classical religions of China (Confucianism, Taoism), the rise of the major schools of Chinese Buddhism (Tien Tai, Hua Yen, Chan (Zen), and Pure Land). (Cross-listed with Asian Studies 0166.)

0119. Japanese Religions (3 s.h.) 96-98

An introduction to Japanese religions, their origins and development in the social, cultural, and intellectual history of Japan. Religions covered are: Shinto, Japanese Buddhism, folk religions, Japanese Confucianism, and the "New Religions." Some attention to expression of Japanese spirituality in the fine arts, martial arts, festivals and rituals. (Cross-listed with Asian Studies 0161.)

0122-W122. Introduction to Buddhism (3 s.h.) S

Introduction to the historical development of Buddhism in relation to other East Asian religions. Topics include the four Noble Truths of Basic Buddhism, the Hinayana-Mahayana controversy over Buddhist Dharma and practice, as well as the development of Buddhist thought throughout Asia. (Cross-listed with Asian Studies 0122.)

0151. Introduction to African-American Religion (3 s.h.) F

Examines African-American religion in the context of four periods of African-American history: the exercise of slave religious leadership in the "invisible church"; during the post-Emancipation period (1863-1900), the development of institutionalized black religion, that is, the black church; in the period of northern immigration (1916-1945), the evolution of many aspects of black liturgy-especially black gospel music; and the civil rights struggle of the 1960s and 70s.

0158. African Religions and New World Culture (3 s.h.) S

African religion and culture continues to exist in the religious and cultural life of African-Americans. Using an interdisciplinary approach, we will examine African-American religion, folklore, literature, music, and communication in order to assess the continuation and transformation of African culture in the world-view of African- Americans.

0200-W200. Introduction to Islam (3 s.h.) F

Analysis of the tawhid, essence of Islam of its basic categories for religious life, law, theology, literature, philosophy, art, and science. Survey of the major phenomena of Islamic civilization in their relation to tawhid. (Cross-listed with Asian Studies 0260.)

0224. What is Judaism? (3 s.h.) (D1) S

Introduction to the variety of rituals, customs, and practices of the Jewish people in a historical context. Compares and contrasts liberal and traditional Jewish religion with Zionism. Contemporary Jewish novels, poetry, and drama. (Cross-listed with Jewish Studies 0110.)

0225. Introduction to Modern Jewish Philosophy (3 s.h.) F

(Formerly Modern Jewish Thought.) The development of modern Jewish thought from the late 15th century to present. Includes Jewish philosophers such as Spinoza, Martin Buber, Franz Rosenzweig, Mordecai Kaplan, and topics such as the nature of God, the relation of Jewish law and ethics, the relationship of Judaism to other religions, Zionism, and Holocaust theology. (Cross-listed with Jewish Studies 0211.)

W240. Introduction to the Bible (3 s.h.) FS

Introduction to the Hebrew Bible-(Old Testament). What is the Bible? Where did it come from? How can there be so many different interpretations of the Bible? An examination of the historical and religious background of the Old Testament and the various kinds of literature in the Bible. (Cross-listed with Jewish Studies W221.)

0241. Introduction to the New Testament

(3 s.h.) S

An introduction to the New Testament including such issues as: how these books came to be called "the New Testament"; the various literary types of "gospel," "epistle," theological tract (e.g., Hebrews), visionary writing (Revelation of Apocalypse); the outlooks of the various evangelists and Paul.

0253-W253. What is Christianity? (3 s.h.) (D1) FS

The development of the Christian religion from the Bible to today. What are the principle beliefs of Christianity? How did they come to be so? What have been the major criticisms of Christianity? How can we understand the variety of Christian churches as they face the modern world?

0256. Jesus in the Gospels (3 s.h.) F

An examination of the various interpretations of Jesus and his work in the four gospels and in some non-Biblical works, both ancient and modern. The cultural and historical background of Jesus and the authors of these works are also investigated.

0292. Junior Honors Paper (3 s.h.) FS

Independent study and writing of a major research paper in the area of the student's special interest.

0293-0294. Senior Honors Thesis I-II (3 s.h. each) FS

A year-long project of independent study and writing of a substantial research dissertation in the area of the student's special interest.

0295. Senior Honors Paper (3 s.h.) FS

Independent study and writing of a major research paper in the area of the student's special interest.

0301. Women in Religion and Society (3 s.h.) FS

A study of both the roles and understanding of women in traditional and major modern religious traditions, particularly of the West, including an investigation of the authoritative writings and practices of the various traditions. (Cross-listed with Women's Studies 0271.)

0306. The Holocaust: Resistance and Response (3 s.h.) F

This course will ask questions about what it means to resist and respond to the Holocaust. It will do this through: film, art, literature, politics and theology. (Cross-listed with Jewish Studies 0305.)

W343. Death and Dying (3 s.h.) FS

Concepts, attitudes, and practices associated with death and dying in the major religious traditions and in literature, philosophy, and psychology. Contemporary implications for related fields such as medicine, psychiatry, social work, and education.

0391-0392. Independent Study (2 s.h. each) FS

Prerequisite: Departmental permission. Individual research project with a specific faculty number.

0393-0394. Independent Study (3 s.h. each) FS

(Formerly 396 and 397.) Prerequisite: Departmental permission. Individual research project with a specific faculty member.

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