I love Alex Bain. She is an amazing person with a really good sense of humour. Contrary to popular belief she does not have favourites, she treats all of her students with respect. I would definitely take another class with her.
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The course will cover certain topics about which psychological theory and data are adduced to affect the deliberations of courts, juries, and other fact-finding or policy-making bodies. Among these topics is the issue of the place of psychological science in the law, illustrated by considering two questions: first, whether psychologists whose expertise is in the field of eyewitness testimony should testify in eyewitness cases; and second, whether attitudes toward the death penalty affect jury decision-making in capital cases. Then we will consider the psychology of sex differences and several issues concerning occupational segregation, pay differentials, sexual harassment, Title IX, etc. Finally, we will choose from among such topics as the accuracy of memory for legally relevant events like abuse, and the relation between neuropsychology and legal concepts of free will and intent. Permission of instructor. Elliott.
An examination of the basic processes that shape social life. Provides an introduction to such areas of study as socialization, culture, social institutions, social stratification, race and ethnicity, gender, politics, education and social change. The aim is to encourage students to engage in critical analysis of society, and to provide them with some of the sociological perspectives and approaches required to achieve this end. Some sections focus on special topics: Hall, "Community and Alienation"; McNamara, "Global Society." Credits: 3 Prerequisites: None