|COURSE NUMBER:||ENGL 327|
|COURSE TITLE:||Between Science and Fiction: Psychology and Literature|
|NAME OF INSTRUCTOR:||Dr Christopher Peet, Dr Tina Trigg, Dr Henry Schuurman|
|CREDIT WEIGHT AND WEEKLY TIME DISTRIBUTION:||credits 3 (hrs lect 3 - hrs sem 0 - hrs lab 0)|
|COURSE DESCRIPTION:||Human being, whether explored through themes of
identity, self, or character, is a constantly evolving narrative we
construct of ourselves and others. This course examines the
intersection of psychological and literary narratives as they construct
human being, and emphasizes how storytelling is a vital yet undervalued
notion in contemporary society. We will question how human identity is
created and communicated, while exploring the fringes of socially
accepted behaviour to examine how norms are established, upheld, and
challenged both in literature and psychology.
Prerequisites: ENGL 215 and one of PSYC 250 or 251
Same as PSYC 327.
The intersection of psychology and literature creates a liminal space that destabilizes the constructedness of human experience, highlighting philosophical questions such as: what is reality? what is fiction? what is truth? what is normalcy? And for all of these questions, who decides? writers, readers, objective scientific assessment, culture, experts, time? Further, and more significantly, what are the implications of these hidden dynamics? Where does the Christian reader fit into this model? How do we inhabit the role of writer / theorist / analyst – whether literary, philosophical or psychological? How aware are we of our shifting roles and identities?
In this particular configuration, the course will seek to unravel these issues in relation to the theme of identity or selfhood. We will combine lecture, small and large group work (including minor in-class assignments), two major papers, and a final exam. Details of assignments will be provided as the term proceeds. Major assignments for this course will be screened through Turn-it-in via the class Moodle site. Your attendance and participation are integral to the course. In the event of absence it is your responsibility to be caught up on missed material; any changes to the attached schedule will be announced in advance and posted to Moodle. The coursepack readings will be posted to Moodle along with dates; material needs to be completed and ready for discussion by the dates given.
2014-15 Winter same as PSYC 327 and PHIL 399.
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REALITY: The “Self” and its Fictions
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