During the first class period we will discuss the subject matter of the course--personality--and will ask ourselves what makes an idea regarding personality great. We will also discuss examples of alternative representations.
During the second class period we will meet in the psychology department computer lab (in the basement of Swift Hall) in order to allow students a chance to learn about the world wide web. (Entering the World-Wide Web: A Guide to Cyberspace is a useful introduction.) We will learn to open Netscape and to use search engines, and will visit some websites relevant to personality. There will also be time for students to choose the other person with whom they would like to be in a group (group assignments will be made during the second class period). Groups will not only work together on the group project (if they choose to do one), but also will be assigned regularly to lead class discussions, sometimes taking a position either for or against a given theory.
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