This course is designed to help students examine abnormal and normal behavior and experience along several dimensions. These dimensions include the historical and cultural influences in Western psychology, current views on abnormality and psychological health, cultural differences in the approach and treatment of psychopathology, and the role of healthy habitat in healthy mind. Traditional classification of psychopathology will be studied, including theories around etiology and treatment strategies.
This class is an introduction to the academic field of game studies, also known as ludology. As games become more influential in our lives, it is increasingly important to understand what they are and how they function in our society. Along with playing a variety of games in this course we will be studying what a game is, the act of playing, as well as the greater social and cultural issues surrounding the subject. We will draw upon approaches from the humanities, social sciences and the realm of game design to build a foundational understanding of this broad topic.
Organizational conflict is inevitable and costly. The associated costs are well-documented, both in terms of financial and human impact. However, it doesn't have to be this way! When organizations understand how to manage it effectively, conflict can add tremendous value and serve as a catalyst for change and innovation. In this course we will explore what conflict is, reasons why it occurs, and various strategies for managing it. Through readings, exercises and insights from guest speakers, students will develop practical skills to recognize and manage conflict.
With consistently high rankings in quality of life surveys, public health statistics, educational attainment, and entrepreneurship, Scandinavian democracies routinely outperform the United States in many measures of socioeconomic success. Sweden, Denmark, and Norway all made the top five in a recent US News list of countries with “best quality of life” (The US was eighteenth); the World Economic Forum ranks these countries, along with Iceland, in the top six “most inclusive economies,” while Forbes