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Psych 148 Seminar for Spring 2019
The Study of Attachment Relationships
The Psychology department will offer an undergraduate seminar in developmental Psychology in the Spring semester. Read below for more information about this opportunity.
This is a small 3-unit upper division undergraduate seminar on attachment theory and research which will be limited to 15 students. The course is designed to give undergraduates a chance to study in a more intimate graduate student-like setting. Upper division Psychology majors will be given preference but students in other majors may apply as well.
We will first present John Bowlby’s evolution-based theory of the nature of the child’s tie to its primary caregivers (usually but not necessarily the biological parents), as well as Mary Ainsworth’s “strange situation” procedure nd other major empirical and theoretical work within the field of attachment. Thus, we will first focus on how, when and why early attachments to parental figures are formed and why their influence ordinarily persists over time, tending to have a powerful influence on our emotions on the nature of relationships we form with others in later life.
There will be weekly readings of one or two original articles, and (usually) a two- to three-page summary of the article(s) will be required. These articles will be discussed intensively in class.
Several attachment-related films will be presented during the course. These will include such classics of the field as the Robertson’s films of toddlers and other very young children undergoing 10 day to several week separations from and reunions with their parents. Laboratory separation-reunion behavior will also be presented. Additionally, some interviews with major workers in the field will be added to this series of audio-visual presentations (e.g., Bowlby, Ainsworth, Hinde).
The main aim of this course will be to provide an introductory but in depth presentation regarding the field of attachment than cannot be offered within a large survey course.
Enrollment Process: Show up to the first day of class
To enroll in this class, you must show up to the first day of class and meet the professors. Due to the nature of a seminar class, the professors teaching it will want to review the background of students interested in enrolling. If you are selected to join the class, you will be provided a permission code to enroll yourself on CalCentral.
Since enrollment to Psych 148 is contingent upon faculty approval and is not guaranteed, we recommend that you build a schedule for Spring during Phase 1 and 2 that does not include this class. If you are selected to join the seminar, you can adjust your enrollment at that time.
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