USC Summer Programs USC Summer Programs

PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCE & SOCIETY

Credit:     3.0 units of USC credit
Pre-Requisites:  None

Overview:

Why are people the way that they are? Why do they do the things that they do? What can psychological science tell me about the world around me? And how can I use it to make the world a better place? If these questions (especially the last two) keep you up at night, this course might just be for you. Scientifically tackle these questions and more through lectures, group discussions, lab activities, and field trips.

Highlights:

  • Enhance your in-class learning with field trips to the Museum of Tolerance, the Midnight Mission Homeless Shelter, the Psychiatry: An Industry of Death Museum and the Dana and David Dornsife Cognitive Neuroscience Imaging Center
  • Gain a first-hand glimpse into the life of a psychological scientist by conducting your own independent research project and touring USC research labs

Topics of Study:

Exploration of the following organ systems during normal health and various disease states:

  • Biological Bases of Behavior
  • Lifespan Development
  • Race/Ethnicity, Gender, & Culture
  • Learning, Memory, & Cognition
  • Language & Intelligence
  • Personality Traits & Emotion
  • Prejudice, Discrimination, & Social Pressure
  • Mental Illness & Treatment