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Looking for Answers? Summer Psychology Class Explores the Origin of Ideas  

Amy JohWho is "in" and what is "out"? Who is "good" and who is "bad"? Where does one begin when answering these questions? How do our answers to these questions change with development, on both individual and collective levels?

In an increasingly politically and socially polarizing world, we must ask ourselves, how radical thinking and ideas started on both sides of each argument. What better way is there to answer this question than to more fully understand the human mind and how it changes with development?

Amy Joh, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology in the College of Arts and Science, will guide students in contemplating these queries in her Development of Thoughts and Beliefs (PSYC3706) course this summer as part of a series of classes offered in Summer Sessions at Seton Hall.

The course runs from May 16 to June 20 and is offered online with no in-class meetings.

"One of the most enduring and pressing tasks for humans is figuring out how the world works," Dr. Joh said. "The goal of this course is to examine the progression of thoughts and beliefs about our world on the individual and the societal level."

The course will be based on literature from developmental psychology, as well as, the Catholic Intellectual Tradition, providing students with two distinct perspectives from which they can learn.

By the end of this course, students will be able to: 

  • Describe and assess several major theories of cognitive development
  • Connect the theories of cognitive development to individual and collective development 
  • Read, explain, evaluate and interpret empirical findings from primary sources in psychology and philosophy 
  • Write an exploration and provide critical feedback on a novel "big problem"

The course has two prerequisites - students must have already taken Christianity and Culture in Dialogue (CORE 2101) and Introduction to Psychology (PSYC 1101) or their equivalent. Psychology majors must also have passed PSYC 1101 with a minimum grade of C –.

"Although there may be no clear answers to these big questions…these are questions that we continue to ask—this journey will help us to better understand ourselves and others," Joh said. Registration for Summer Sessions at Seton Hall is now open. Visit our website for further information.

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  • Continuing Education and Professional Studies
  • (973) 761-9087
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