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ERIC Number: ED350065
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Mar
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Freud, Problem Solving, Ethnicity, and Race: Integrating Psychology into the Interdisciplinary Core Curriculum.
Dunn, Dana S.
The new core curriculum at Moravian College, in Pennsylvania, utilizes an interdisciplinary approach, integrating topics of psychology into three of the seven core courses: "Microcosm/Macrocosm"; "Quantitative Problem Solving"; and the seminar "Gender, Ethnicity, and Race." The course "Microcosm/Macrocosm" focuses on major themes in Western Culture. Psychology is introduced into the course through examinations of Sigmund Freud's views on the human mind and culture, completion of dream analysis assignments, and written responses to readings of Freud's correspondence with Albert Einstein. The course "Quantitative Problem Solving" focuses on understanding problem representations, heuristics, decision strategies, logic, and critical thinking processes. The course utilizes elements of cognitive psychology dealing with problem solving and decision making, such as memory structure and the constraints imposed by it. Students in the course complete two projects with psychological elements: designing a behavior modification or life-style management project; and conducting an analysis of the social roles viewed during three hours of prime time television. The core seminar focuses on "American character." Students explore the ideas of self-reliance, conformity, individualism, honesty, and prejudice through novels, a play, films, and autobiographies which address issues of gender, ethnicity, and race. Though the course does not explicitly incorporate psychological topics, it is taught jointly by a social psychologist, a theologian, and an education professor who provide an interdisciplinary orientation. (PAA)
Descriptors: Cognitive Psychology, Core Curriculum, Course Content, Curriculum Design, Curriculum Development, Ethnicity, General Education, Higher Education, Interdisciplinary Approach, Liberal Arts, North American Culture, Problem Solving, Psychology, Racial Factors, Undergraduate Study, Values, Western Civilization
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
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