DEPARTMENT of PSYCHOLOGY

COURSES

Our department offers courses in the disciplines listed below. For individual course descriptions, follow the links to MacEwan University’s Academic Calendar.

Not all courses are available each term. Courses must be numbered 100 and above to be used to fulfill degree requirements.

2020/21

Special topics

Special topics courses focus on specific areas of interest within a discipline. The topics are chosen based on the expertise of our instructors, and the topics usually vary from term to term.

Winter 2021

Course: PSYC 405: Special Topics in Psychology | Violence Risk Assessment
Term: Winter 2021
Section: AS01
Instructor: Dr. Sandy Jung

In this course, students learn about violence risk assessment. Risk and threat assessments are a core task for forensic professionals who work with offenders. The process and the use of assessment methods have been extensively researched in the field of forensic psychology. It is a necessary part of the criminal justice system and is essential in high stakes decision-making. This course emphasizes the use of empirical evidence to critique media reporting and myths about offenders. Students learn about the research methods used to examine the validity of risk assessment measures, the types of methods used to carry out these assessments, challenges in risk assessment and seminal research in the field of risk prediction. Research readings are assigned throughout the course, and students are expected to participate through in-class discussions, small group work and assignments. As this is a seminar course, attendance is taken and counts towards the participation grade.

Prerequisites: Consent of the department and a minimum grade of C- in PSYC 337

How to Enrol: Students can request a permission number from Program Services at artsandscience@macewan.ca starting at 8:30 a.m. on the morning of their enrolment appointment. Permission numbers will be given to students who fulfill the prerequisites in the order in which they are received. One permission number request per email please.

Course: PSYC 405: Special Topics in Psychology | Introduction to Counselling
Term: Winter 2021
Section: AS02
Instructor: TBA

Are you interested in learning more about the practice of counselling psychology and how to promote positive mental health and wellbeing among others, including individuals, families, and groups? Do you dream of one day working with people in a helping capacity? If you answered ‘yes’ to the above, this course was designed for you. Introduction to Counselling Psychology will teach you about the history, theory, practice, research, as well as areas of specialization within the field of counselling psychology. This senior-level seminar will offer practical learning experiences and will invite you to think critically about the material, all the while enhancing personal reflexivity. Students will be asked to actively participate in discussions of the course text and other materials and will be assessed on several assignments, all of which are aimed at deepening your understanding and igniting your passion for psychology (warning: enthusiasm for psychology may increase as a result of taking this course).

Prerequisites: Consent of the department and a minimum grade of C- in at least six credits of 300- or 400-level PSYC courses.

Permission Required: Yes

How to Enrol: Students can request a permission number from Program Services at artsandscience@macewan.ca starting at 8:30 a.m. on the morning of their enrolment appointment. Permission numbers will be given to students who fulfill the prerequisites in the order in which they are received. One permission number request per email please.

Course: PSYC 405: Special Topics in Psychology | Advanced Experimental Psychology: Animal Communication
Term: Winter 2021
Section: AS03
Instructor: Dr. Shannon Digweed

This course provides an in-depth study of a specialized area or current issue in experimental psychology. The topic focuses on the various systems of animal communication. We survey the diversity of communication systems found in animals and how they are tailored to a variety of social, cognitive and ecological challenges that they face. This seminar course explores how communication systems function, how they evolve and how they are organized mechanistically, focusing on the psychological and cognitive mechanisms that result in communication. The goal is for students to appreciate the importance of integrating contributions from peer-reviewed research sources across visual, acoustic and olfactory communication within foraging, predator, mating and social contexts. This seminar course emphasizes class discussions stemming from a mix of classic papers, recent empirical studies and popular articles that address core conceptual issues and provide detailed examples of phenomena in animal communication.

Prerequisites: Consent of the department and a minimum grade of C- in at least one 300- or 400- level psychology course, PSYC 358 or BIOL 371 is preferred

How to Enrol: Students can request a permission number from Program Services at artsandscience@macewan.ca starting at 8:30 a.m. on the morning of their enrolment appointment. Permission numbers will be given to students who fulfill the prerequisites in the order in which they are received. One permission number request per email please.

Course: PSYC 405: Special Topics in Psychology | The Merging of the Senses
Term: Winter 2021
Section: AS04
Instructor: Dr. Michelle Jarick

This course examines advanced topics of how the brain integrates information from all of our senses to create a unified perceptual world. Students are introduced not only to the perceptual and neurological mechanisms involved during multisensory integration, but also cases where this integration process goes awry, which can often lead to perceptual illusions. To facilitate this, students are assigned readings that focus on multisensory integration from a behavioural/perceptual perspective and from a neuroimaging viewpoint. The format of the course is a senior seminar; therefore, students are expected to present topics in class, participate in weekly discussions about the readings and write a formal research proposal on a topic of interest. Class readings incorporate both historical and contemporary perspectives on multisensory integration. Evaluation is based on: (1) brief article commentaries and critiques due each class, (2) in class participation and attendance, (3) two class presentations and (4) a final 20-page research proposal.

Prerequisites: Consent of the department and minimum grade of C- in PSYC 212 and in PSYC 267 or PSYC 275. Students who have completed PSYC 467 will not be permitted to enrol in this offering of PSYC 405.

How to Enrol: Students can request a permission number from Program Services at artsandscience@macewan.ca starting at 8:30 a.m. on the morning of their enrolment appointment. Permission numbers will be given to students who fulfill the prerequisites in the order in which they are received. One permission number request per email please.

Course: PSYC 437: Topics in Forensic Psychology | Case Analysis: Applying Psychological Principles to Forensic Cases
Term: Winter 2021
Instructor: Dr. Kristine Peace

This seminar course will focus on how forensic psychology intersects with law, applying psychological concepts to legal cases. We will review issues pertaining to a variety of major topic areas (e.g., not criminally responsible dispositions, multiple homicide, psychopathy, jury decision-making, interrogations, eyewitness memory) as they apply to notable Canadian cases. Students will do at least one presentation/lecture concerning an area, which will incorporate recent and historical empirical articles from within the topic area. Readings & documentaries will be assigned throughout the term. The format of the class is a senior seminar. Students will be expected to actively participate in discussion, lectures, presentations, feedbacks, and an empirical research paper.

Prerequisites: Minimum grade of C- in PSYC 337

Spring/Summer 2021

Course: PSYC 405: Special Topics in Psychology | Introduction to Counselling
Term: Spring/Summer 2021
Dates: Mondays and Wednesdays, 6:00 p.m. to 8:50 p.m., May 3 to June 18
Section: OP01

Are you interested in learning more about the practice of counselling psychology and how to promote positive mental health and wellbeing among others, including individuals, families, and groups? Do you dream of one day working with people in a helping capacity? If you answered ‘yes’ to the above, this course was designed for you! Introduction to Counselling Psychology will teach you about the history, theory, practice, research, as well as areas of specialization within the field of counselling psychology. This senior-level seminar will offer didactic learning experiences and will invite you to think critically about the material, all the while enhancing personal reflexivity. Students will be asked to actively participate in discussions of the course text and other materials and will be assessed on several assignments, all of which are aimed at deepening your understanding and igniting your passion for psychology (warning: enthusiasm for psychology may increase as a result of taking this course).

Prerequisites: Consent of the department and a minimum grade of C- in at least six credits of 300- or 400-level PSYC courses.

How to Enrol: Students can request a permission number from Program Services at artsandscience@macewan.ca starting at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, March 1. Please include your ID number and send the request from your mymacewan email account. Permission numbers will be given to students who fulfill the prerequisites in the order in which they are received. One permission number request per email please. Messages received before 8:30 a.m. on March 1 will not be considered.

Course: PSYC 405: Special Topics in Psychology | Scientific Skepticism: Separating Sense from Nonsense
Term: Spring/Summer 2021
Dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:00 p.m. to 8:50 p.m., May 3 to June 18
Section: OP02

This course is designed to provide students with the skills needed to scientifically evaluate fringe science, the paranormal, and otherwise unorthodox claims about human behaviour. Examples of pseudoscience and questionable science will be drawn from traditional areas of psychology as well as popular culture and the media.

Prerequisites: Consent of the department and a minimum grade of C- in at least six credits of 300- or 400-level PSYC courses.

How to Enrol: Students can request a permission number from Program Services at artsandscience@macewan.ca starting at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, March 1. Please include your ID number and send the request from your mymacewan email account. Permission numbers will be given to students who fulfill the prerequisites in the order in which they are received. One permission number request per email please. Messages received before 8:30 a.m. on March 1 will not be considered.

Course: PSYC 405: Special Topics in Psychology | Culture and Diversity in Clinical Psychology
Term: Spring/Summer 2021
Dates: Mondays and Wednesdays, 6:00 p.m. to 8:50 p.m., July 5 to August 20
Section: OP11

This course is an in-depth exploration of the complex interaction of culture, diversity, and human psychology, with a strong focus on mental health and its treatment. Drawing from research and theory in multicultural counselling, cultural psychology, and transcultural psychiatry, the course will analyze contemporary approaches to human psychology, exploring the ways in which culture impacts our very understanding of mental health itself and our approaches to diagnosis and psychotherapy. In addition, diversity issues that contribute to "health disparities" --poorer mental health, access to, and effectiveness of psychological interventions will be explored and strategies for cultural adaptations in mental health diagnosis and treatment will be addressed. It is hoped that this course will provide students with an overview of the key issues related to immigration, race, culture and mental health.

Prerequisites: Consent of the department and a minimum grade of C- in at least six credits of 300- or 400-level PSYC courses.

How to Enrol: Students can request a permission number from Program Services at artsandscience@macewan.ca starting at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, March 1. Please include your ID number and send the request from your mymacewan email account. Permission numbers will be given to students who fulfill the prerequisites in the order in which they are received. One permission number request per email please. Messages received before 8:30 a.m. on March 1 will not be considered.

At MacEwan, we really get to know our students; we often learn just as much from them as they do from us.
KATIE CORRIGALL, ASSISTANT PROFESSOR
Computational Thinking
In this course, you use a step-by-step computational approach to problem solving. Computational thinking is used in the development of software applications, but is equally effective across disciplines, including math, science and the humanities.
female students on computers PSYC 315