PSY 354 –
History & Systems of Psychology
Each student will be required to take part in a group
presentation during the second half of the course. The presentation is worth
200 points. The project folder that you turn in, together with my feedback
form, will also serve as the required ePortolio artifact for this course.
Each presentation will cover an important school of
psychology, selected from the following list:
- Classical behaviorism (emphasize Pavlov, Watson)
- Neobehaviorism/respondent conditioning (emphasize
Skinner, behavior therapy)
- Freudian psychoanalysis
- Humanistic/existential psychology (emphasize May,
Each group should have about 4-5 members, depending on the
final enrollment of the course. I will furnish sign-up sheets in class
beginning January 20, so be thinking about what group you want to be in.
Your presentation will be allotted an entire 75-minute
class period. It should cover the following three major areas:
- Basic ideas of the theory. Explain what
proponents of this school of thought believe about human behavior—what
shapes it, what causes problems, how people change.
- Application and contributions of the theory.
How is this theory used in therapy or other settings? How has the theory
contributed to the field of psychology—in understanding human behavior
and/or in helping people?
- Integration of the theory with the principles of
Christianity. How are the basic views of your theory consistent or
inconsistent with the basic principles of Christianity? (Hint: Some
theories are consistent in some ways and inconsistent in others, some may be
consistent or inconsistent depending on how they are used.) Do NOT offer
biblical proof texts; rather, look at the theory’s consistency with “big”
themes such as creation, grace, redemption, sin, healing, etc.
- You may use the textbook, but it should NOT be your
primary source. You are not required to cover everything in the chapter
about your area, nor are you limited to what the book covers. Pick the
people and topics that you think are important. Suggested people are noted
- A Power Point presentation is required, and it will be
graded based on how informative and interesting it is. Some tips for Power
- Limit the amount of information on each slide.
Bullets are better than long sentences.
- DO NOT READ THE POWER POINT SLIDES TO THE CLASS!!
- Remember that the material is familiar to you but
not to the class, so be sure to go slowly and give plenty of
explanations and examples. YOU SHOULD BE TEACHING, NOT RECITING.
- At a minimum, your presentation must include at least
one interactive demonstration or exercise. Feel free to go beyond the
minimum requirements—doing the minimum only earns a C. Don’t forget that
you will be graded in part based on how interesting and creative your
presentation is. Make use of various media and activities, and get the
class involved as much as possible.
- Your group should have a minimum of 10 references
(textbooks do not count in this total), which will be turned in to me
in a bibliography, using APA format. Again, doing the minimum will only
earn you a C.
On the day of your presentation, each student should turn
in a folder to me. It must include the following components, in the following
- Title page, including the title of the presentation,
your name, course title & number, my name, date of presentation
- A page describing your individual contribution to the
- Power Point slides or outline (for the ENTIRE
presentation, not just your part)
- Description of interactive exercise and any other
techniques used by your group
- Bibliography in APA format (for the ENTIRE
presentation, not just your part)
- A one-page statement of your personal reflection on
Christian integration issues
Please also turn in separately an evaluation of each of
your group members, using the form provided to you.
The attached rubric will serve as the basis for your grade.
DOING THE MINIMUM WILL EARN YOU A “C.” PLEASE REFER TO THE GRADING RUBRIC FOR
REQUIREMENTS FOR VARIOUS GRADES.