PSYCHOLOGICAL DISORDERS AND THE MEDIA IN AMERICAN SOCIETY
Credit - 1/2
Prerequisite: Successful completion of AP PsychologyThis course is designed for seniors who have completed the Psychology and AP Psychology courses and want even more psychology. After a brief review of the Abnormal Psychology unit from AP Psych, students will be introduced to some basic film-making techniques and film-watching strategies. A significant emphasis will be placed upon how disorders and the people who have them are correctly and incorrectly portrayed by the popular media, and the effects these portrayals have on American society. Major units will include the following disorders: Anxiety; Somatoform and Dissociative; Mood; Personality; Schizophrenia and Delusional; Neuropsychological; and Treatment. Potential films include: Lars and the Real Girl; As Good as It Gets; The Hours; Seven Pounds; Sybil; A Beautiful Mind; Memento; No Country for Old Men; and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Scholarly journal articles will be regularly assigned, and students will write response papers for each disorder and corresponding film. Lectures, discussion, guest speakers, and outside film-watching assignments will also be activities for this course. (This course does not qualify for NCAA eligibility.)Teachers
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