Unit 1: Introduction to psychology
Powerpoints used in class:
ID, EGO and SUPEREGO
Defense Mechanisms handout: Defense Mechanisms
Fight for kisses (commercial using the Oedipus complex):
PSYCHODYNAMIC PERSPECTIVE POWERPOINT:
Psychologist Philip Zimbardo says happiness and success are rooted in a trait most of us disregard: the way we orient toward the past, present and future. He suggests we calibrate our outlook on time as a first step to improving our lives.
PSYCHOSEXUAL STAGES POWERPOINT:
End of the first unit!
Test on Criteria A on Tuesday Sep 17th.
Test: Criteria A: Knowing and understanding (use humanities terminology in context, demonstrate knowledge and understanding of subject-specific content and concepts through developed descriptions, explanations and examples.) Max 8 marks
*History of psychology
*various fields within psychology
*psychodynamic perspective (more in depth, e.g. Id, Ego & Superego, Defense mechanisms,
Erikson’s Psychosocial stages of development: (will not come on the test!)
Unit 2: SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY
PSYCHOLOGY OF EVIL
Replication of the Milgram study by BBC 2009
Philip Zimbardo knows how easy it is for nice people to turn bad. In this talk, he shares insights and graphic unseen photos from the Abu Ghraib trials. Then he talks about the flip side: how easy it is to be a hero, and how we can rise to the challenge.
The Psychology of Power and Evil:
All Power to the Person? To the Situation? To the System?
Philip G. Zimbardo, Psychology Department, Stanford University1
To understand anti-social behavior by individuals, which includes violence, torture and terrorism, I endorse a greater reliance on situational variables and processes than has been traditional in psychology. The dominant dispositional orientation, embedded in a psychology of individualism, focuses on internal factors that people bring into various situations, such as genetic, personality, character, and pathological risk factors. While this perspective is obviously important to appreciating the integrity of individual functioning, it is vital to add an appreciation of the extent to which human actions may come under situational influences that can be quite powerful. Those influences have not been fully recognized within psychology or society in trying to explain unusual or “evil” behaviors, such as that of the abuses of Iraqi prisoners by United States military police guards at Abu Ghraib Prison. How one understands the root causes of such behaviors then impacts treatment and prevention strategies…
Continue reading on http://www.prisonexp.org/pdf/powerevil.pdf
Unit 2 assessment: Social Psychology: Psychology of Evil
Essay: Criteria B, C & D
2-3 pages, 1,5 space, size 12, bibliography
1. Pick one historical/current event/crime and summarize the event/outcome.
2. Then analyse that event/outcome/crime using the factors we have studied in class (obedience, conformity, bystander-effect). Try to answer why and how people turn to negative behaviour, to see if one could come to another conclusion today or give an alternative answer to the “why”. Your Research Question (RQ) should be your title.
An example of a RQ:
To what extent can one find obedience, conformity and bystander effect in the case of…
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