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Department of Social and Behavioral Science

ANTH233 | INTRODUCTION TO FOLKLORE

The emergence of the study of folklore, the rise of nationalist movements in Europe, the beginnings of scholarly interest in the study of folklore in the Arab world, its relation to the Palestinian national movement, introduction to folklore, its types and function, theoretical perspectives in the discipline, methods of field research in folklore studies. Prerequisite: ANTH240

ANTH240 | INTRODUCTION TO ANTHROPOLOGY

Study of the emergence of anthropology and an introduction to its various branches. Introduction to anthropological methods. The development of primates, the biological and cultural link between humans and other primates, and the emergence of homo sapiens. Main concepts and schools in cultural anthropology. Study of hunting and gathering societies, peasant societies, and industrial societies, with a focus on contemporary non-Western societies.

ANTH334 | ANTHROPOLOGICAL THEORIES

Study of the emergence of anthropology, survey of major anthropological schools: evolutionism, functionalism, structuralism, neo-evolutionism, Marxist anthropology, psychological anthropology. Theories are studied within their historical context.

ANTH335 | SOCIO-CULTURAL CHANGE

Study of the relation between cultural change and development, and the difference between contexts of socio-cultural change. The meeting of cultures, inventions, acculturation and assimilation, modernization, Westernization, and the mechanisms of the spread of Western culture in the modern period. Study of psychological aspects of cultural change: change and adaptation, change and identity, change and mental health

 

ANTH338 | LANGUAGE AND CULTURE

Study of language as a socio-cultural phenomenon, its renewal and change over time, multi-lingualism, linguistic relativity, linguistic dualism, the impact of colonialism and population movements on language, the role of language in the development of human thought and ideas. Prerequisite: ANTH240

ANTH436 | CULTURE AND PERSONALITY

The central role of culture in the development of the personality, the evolution of the field through a survey of the works of Benedict, Mead, Sapir, Linton, Kardiner and others, methodologies such as observation, life history, projective tests, analysis of cultural products such as folklore, literature, and material culture, the role of personality in socio-cultural change. Prerequisite: ANTH240

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ANTH4391 | Special Topic
PSYC231 | INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY

An introduction encompassing the most vital principles in psychology. It includes the history of psychology, its various schools of thought, biological bases for behavior, learning principles, perception, personality, drives and emotions, and social interaction.

PSYC233 | PSYCHOLOGY OF INDIVIDUALS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

This course deals with the identification, diagnosis, and characteristics of those with special needs, especially the physically impaired, sensorial deprivation, emotionally disturbed, mentally retarded, and speech impaired. It also focuses on the psychological needs and adjustment of individuals with special needs.

PSYC236 | PSYCHOLOGY FOR HEALTH PROFESSIONS
PSYC330 | INTRODUCTION TO COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY

This course covers theories of cognitive processing and performance. It deals specifically with operations of thinking, classification, memory, coding and encoding of information, problem solving, and concept formation.

PSYC331 | HISTORY AND SYSTEMS OF PSYCHOLOGY

A historical review of the various schools of thought in psychology will be presented in this courses. Focus will be on the historical development of these schools of thought, they methods of inquiry they utilize, and the positions they take regarding the nature and development of human beings .

PSYC332 | DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY

The physical, cognitive, and psychosocial development of human beings is the focus of this course. It will cover development from conception until death, with primary emphasis on childhood and adolescence.

 

PSYC333 | PSYCHOLOGY OF LEARNING

This course deals with the various theories of learning, especially those emanating from empirical studies on animals and human beings. Special emphasis will be placed on behavioral, cognitive, and social learning theories.

PSYC334 | PSYCHOLOGY OF PERCEPTION

An overview of theories dealing with perception will be presented in this course. It will cover the topics of sensation, attention, and perception, especially visual, auditory, and kinetic. The course will also deal with the relationship between perception and personality and culture.

PSYC335 | PSYCHOPHYSIOLOGY

The relationship between mind and body will be the focus of this course. It will deal with how the nervous system, hormones, and physiological states affect behavior. Special focus will be given to the process of neural transmission and function.

 

PSYC336 | RESEARCH METHODS IN PSYCHOLOGY

This course deals with scientific methods used to carry out psychological research. It includes observational techniques, statistical tools, sampling methods, instrument development, and research design. The course also deals with how research reports are organized and written, and the ethical codes adhered to in psychological research.

 

PSYC337 | MENTAL HEALTH

A comprehensive overview of the factors and variables associated with mental health and psychopathology will be presented in this course. It also will deal with how mental health is assessed and promoted emphasizing preventive mental health care.

PSYC338 | SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY

Introduction to social psychology that encompasses examining the social psychological phenomena within the studies on social interaction between individuals and groups. The objectives include understanding and analyzing the individual and group behavior in light of the theoretical and empirical studies on group dynamics including formation of the groups, membership, leadership, followers' behavior and solutions to group conflicts within and outside the group.

PSYC339 | VOCATIONAL COUNSELING

This course offers the main theories in vocational development including personality and development of psychological theories. The course introduces the students to tests and inventories of vocational development. Moreover, students are trained in the use of tools that suit the client and help him/her make vocational decisions.

PSYC429 | PRACTICUM IN MENTAL HEALTH SKILLS 2

These two courses are designed to train students in the necessary skills required for mental health practices of psychologists. Students get their training in the local mental health centers which are authorized in providing psychological help for individuals, groups, families and/or communities. The training program includes observation, practicing and reflecting on these practices in order to acquire the necessary skills relating to diagnosis, evaluation, planning, and therapeutic techniques. The student is expected to develop his or her own skills and abilities as a para-professional psychologist. S/he acquires the skills under the supervision of the trainer on site and in the regular classroom contact hours. The two courses are described as follows:

This course is covered in one contact hour, five field training hours a week. The field training takes place in one mental health center for the whole duration of the semester.

PSYC430 | GENERAL METHODS IN PSYCHOLOGICAL SERVICES

This course covers training students in primary psychological skills that help practitioners. It also introduces the student to the local psychological institutes, the procedures of conducting the initial interviews and evaluation, diagnostic tests, principles of conducting thorough observation, active listening, collecting and reporting data in case studies, and the skills of validating data and writing reports without violating the ethical professional values.

PSYC431 | PSYCHOLOGY OF PERSONALITY

Discusses various psychological models of human nature. Personality theories in the various schools of psychology including: behaviorist, cognitive, psychoanalytic, humanistic, phenomenologist (gestalt and existentialist orientations). A given theory is presented to cover the position of the theorist from personality development, traits, biological, social, and cultural personality dimensions.

PSYC432 | EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY

Training students in designing experiments, using psychological experimental lab. Students are trained to observe animal behavior, human behavior in memory, perception, and reaction time in reflex behavior and to know how some instruments are used for measuring the physiology of psychological behavior. Simple experiments are conducted during the course, including those that relate to memory and perception in human behavior.

PSYC433 | CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY

This course introduces the students with the relationship of clinical psychology and abnormal psychology, as well as counseling psychology as they relate to the theoretical foundations of this field in modern schools of psychology. The student gets to know the clinical methods used in helping psychological cases, including conducting interviews, taking notes, using psychological standardized tests such as personality tests, mental ability tests, behavior, readiness, referral techniques. In addition the course introduces students to individual and group therapeutic techniques.

PSYC434 | PSYCHOLOGY OF INDIVIDUAL DIFFERENCES

Covers topics that deal with individual differences, the factors affecting these differences, instruments used for measuring the cognitive, personality, motivational, and feelings dimensions with a special focus on the case study, interview, participants observation. The course also acquaints students with the statistical procedures employed in data analysis that are used in investigations of individual differences.

 

PSYC435 | PSYCHOLOGICAL COUNSELING

Basic introduction course in counseling psychology, concepts, models and skills of counseling, methods and techniques, with a focus on micro-counseling (role-playing) on basic skills in counseling.

PSYC436 | PSYCHOLOGY OF THE AGED

This course deals with the last stage of the individual development in depth (old age 60 years and older). It deals with the different changes that occur as the individual proceeds in age in the varius aspects including the biological, mental, psychological, and social changes. It focuses on the issues of adjustment, mental health & physical status of the elderly, and health related quality of life. The course focuses on the psychological and social problems as experienced by the elderly. It explores the needs of the elderly, methods of studying the related issues in the psychology of the aged and their needs.

PSYC4361 | Special Topic

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