Seminar in Psychology
ADDICTION

PSY-705

 

 

 

Instructor: Mike Baker, SH 115
Office Hours : Monday: 3 - 4 pm
Wednesday: 1 - 2 pm
Tuesday and Thursday: 10:30 - 11:30 am 
And by Appointment
Phone: 399-8709 (office)
email: mbaker@coe.edu
Text:

Selected readings to be posted on Moodle.

COURSE OVERVIEW

This is an advanced course which provides intensive study in a specific area of psychology.  This semester, we will be focusing on addiction.  Addiction to chemical substances will be a major focus of the course. However, in today’s society, people often cite addiction as an explanation for a wide variety of socially unacceptable, illegal, and maladaptive behaviors.  We will also explore these other types of compulsive behaviors to determine whether they truly fit the definition of addiction.  We will attempt to define addiction, study multiple models of addiction, investigate the underlying neural and psychological mechanisms, explore addiction to alternative substances or behaviors, and explore treatment alternatives and their effectiveness.  The format of the course will be primarily group discussion and some individual presentations.  Course materials include book chapters from edited books and journal articles selected by me, and supported by articles you find that are interesting to you.

Major Discussion Topics

·   Defining Addiction ·   Behavioral Addictions
·   Psychological Factors ·   Treatment
·   Biological Factors ·   Relapse & Relapse Prevention
·   Risk Factors ·   Prevention
·   Addiction to Drugs

 

IMPORTANT DATES & ASSIGNMENTS

 

Due Date

 

Points

M Sep 3

LABOR DAY

NO CLASSES

 

In-Class Writing

Almost daily

Over assigned readings

200

Participation

Daily

Actively participate in class discussions and activities

40

Discussion Moderator

to be determined

Lead discussion of chapter

15

Article Presentation

to be determined

 

15

M Oct 15-16

FALL BREAK

NO CLASSES

 

Annotated Bibliography

Mon., Oct. 22

For major paper (see below)

15

Paper Outline

Fri., Nov. 9

For major paper (see below)

15

Nov 21-23

THANKSGIVING BREAK

NO CLASSES

 

Portfolio

Mon., Dec 10

Of all writing, bibliographies, case study analyses, etc.

40

Major Presentation

Nov  26 –  Dec 10

PowerPoint presentation of major paper topic

40

Major Paper

Mon., Dec 10

On addiction-related topic chosen by you and approved by me

120

 

 

Total

500

 

COURSE ASSIGNMENT INSTRUCTIONS

In-class writing assignments:  At the beginning of class on most days we will take 5-10 minutes to write on an essay question that I will ask based on the study guide material for the particular reading assignment we will discuss that day in class.  I will randomly select the assignments that I will read and grade.  They will be worth a maximum of 10 points each and will be graded as indicated below.  Uncollected assignments will not be graded but will be a part of your portfolio.  The graded writing will also become part of your portfolio.  The goal of these writing assignments is to demonstrate that you have read the material before class and that you show that you understand by explaining concepts in your own words AND being able to use the proper terminology (key terms from study guide).

Grade

Points

Description

P+

10

Excellent

ü

8.5

Good

ü-

7

Satisfactory

X+

5

I can tell you read at least some of the assignment, but you did not directly address the questions.

X

0

Unsatisfactory (appears you did not read assignment or miss due to unexcused absence)

Participation:  In a discussion-based class like this, it is expected that everyone will contribute daily.  I will not be keeping a tally, but I will evaluate your level of participation for the class.  It will be considered when I assign final grades.

 Discussion moderator:  This requires that you lead the discussion over the reading we have assigned on a particular day.  This includes preparing a study guide for the rest of the class on the particular chapter or paper we are reading and discussing.  A moderator’s duties may extend to a second class if discussion of the topic requires more time.

 Article Presentation:  This will be a 10-12 minute PowerPoint presentation of a research paper on an addiction-related topic.  It should include relevant visual images (graphs, charts, pictures, etc.).

 Portfolio:  The portfolio will be a collection of all the written materials that you produce for the class over the semester including all in-class writing (including any in-class case studies, etc.),  the annotated bibliography, your major paper, the outline of your PowerPoint presentation, and any other relevant materials you produce for this course.

 Annotated bibliography:  This is a bibliography of sources you will use to write your major paper.  An annotated bibliography consists of the citation for the source in APA style and a brief but informative description of its content.    Only scientific and academic sources may be used.  Websites are not allowed.  You must use a minimum of 8 sources for your bibliography and your paper.

 Paper Outline:  Paper Outline: This should be detailed outline of the topics and structure of your paper.  It should include your major section topics, subsection topics, and paragraph topics.

  1. Major Section topics

           A.    Subsection topics

                 1.    Paragraph topics

 Major Presentation:  This will be a 18-20 minute PowerPoint presentation of the topic over which your paper was written.  It should include relevant visual images (graphs, charts, pictures, etc.).

 Major paper:  This paper will investigate a contemporary addiction-related topic of your choice that I have approved.  It will include a thorough discussion of focused topic, based on a minimum of 8 distinct sources from scientific and scholarly journals or books (NO INTERNET SOURCES).  The paper should be 15-20 pages in length and be written in APA style.

 

FINAL GRADES

Grading Scale
Grades will be determined by your performance on all of the assignments listed above.  Your final grade will be based on the percentages below.

Grading Scale

A          93% and above

B-        77-80%

D+       61-64%

A-         89-92

C+       73-76%

D         57-60%

B+       85-88%

C         69-72%

D-        53-56%

B         81-84%

C-        65-68%

F          52% and below.