PSK 590 Seminar (social & clinical Psy)


Who in the world am I? Ah that’s the great puzzle.

- Alice in the Wonderland


PSK 590 Seminar

This course examines the theory, research, and practice of psychology with regard to experimental/cognitive psychology, social psychology, and clinical psychology. Specifically, topics covered will include the history of social and clinical psychology with a greater emphasis on (1) person, self, personality, and personality disorders, (2) consciousness and artificial intelligence.

The first part of the PSK 590 covers a brief history and methodology of the study of personality, then proceeds to a discussion of each of the following major schools of thought within the field of personality theory: psychoanalytic/Freudian, neo-Freudian, biological, humanistic, cognitive, and behavioral. Both seminal works on personality and current research are subject to this course.

The second part of the PSK 590 is about the present and future of human behavior. The possible interaction between people and AI robots is the main concern. This part covers topics such as consciousness, intelligence, decision-making, and ethics.

Course Material
Suplementary Readings:
1. Schultz, D. P. & Schultz, S. E. (2017). Theories of personality (11th Ed). Boston: Cangage.
2. Ashcraft, D. M. (2015). Personality theories workbook (6th Ed). Boston: Cangage.
2. Chalmers, D. (1995). The conscious mind: In search of a fundamental theory. London: Oxford University Press.

Please check each week for required readings.

Assignments and Evaluation

Students will be asked to:

1. Read required articles, chapters, and books.
2. For each week write a maximum two pages commentary on the each required readings.
3. Write down and bring a “Question Chart” for the discussion in the class. (The questions for discussion should be sent to on Thursdays.

The student with the best commentary and discussion performance would receive A and other grades are going to be determined by comparing him/her.