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World University seeks to make high quality courses available to students throughout the world.  All our courses are organized with the intention of allowing students to expand their capacity to love and serve all people and the web of life, and with the intention of creating a supportive environment in which students can relate what they are learning to the spiritual dimensions of human existence.   (At the present time, our courses are offered only in English.)

BA Completion Overview & Application

Major offered: PSYCHOLOGY
(with emphasis on on consciousness, personality and East-West perspectives)

Total units needed to receive BA degree:
180 QUARTER UNITS

Undergraduate units needed to be admitted to program:
90 QUARTER UNITS (OR 60 SEMESTER UNITS) AND AA DEGREE

Undergraduate units to be completed at World University:
90 QUARTER UNITS

Our BA Completion Program is available for those students wishing to study and understand the functioning of the human psyche in themselves and others as they move through various stages of growth— from young child to unfolding adult to reflective senior understanding life and preparing for the great transition. This program provides opportunities for students to study and apply numerous perspectives on human development. In keeping with the great shift in psychology of the last half century, we explore how people develop their best, rather than only covering how people fall short of their best. Psychology here at World University thus attends to both the sicknesses and distresses of the mind and soul, and also to human unfolding, self-awareness, self-understanding, self-fulfillment and spiritual enlightenment.

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Psychology 200: Selfless Service

Course Mentor: John Griffin, PhD

Tuition: $600. Will be graded on a Pass/Not Pass basis.

Course Description: The theory and practice of selfless service. The concept and experience of the caring dimension of human nature. The keeping of a SERVICE JOURNAL recording the method of service and the experiences encountered.

Course Objectives:

1. To experientially understand the theory and practice of selfless service.

2. To engage the caring dimension of human nature.

3. To undertake a reflective practice of journal keeping on the practice of selfless service.


Required Texts:

Amin, Vijay and Patel, Kirit (compilers). Yoga of Action. Bombay: Prashanthi Printers, various editions.

(This booklet is available for $3.50 plus shipping from The Sathya Sai Book Center of America, 305 W. First Street, Tustin, CA 92780, USA, Tel: (714) 669-0522)

This small booklet is a compilation of messages on selfless service from Sathya Sai Baba who is considered a Purna Avatar (descent of full, integrated divine consciousness) by his followers, two of whom are the compilers of these messages. His avataric mission is totally ecumenical and interfaith and these messages are representative of those found in other positive expressions of religion and spirituality and are expressive of the essence of World University’s mission statement as a spiritually oriented educational institution. Sathya Sai Baba teaches from the venerable monistic tradition of Advaita (non-dual) Vedanta (summation of revealed sacred wisdom), wherein all is viewed as immersed in God. This is the highest expression of selfless service, where our constricted ego sense dissolves into an interconnected, universalized, divine experience.

Rhoads, Robert. Community Service and Higher Learning: Explorations of the Caring Self. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1997. (Click on the title to order this text online through WorldU’s link with Amazon.com. Some used copies may be available on the page for this book.)

The following is the publisher’s description:
“In Community Service and Higher Learning, Robert A. Rhoads examines the experiences of students as they commit themselves to community service during their college years. The author explores how a student’s sense of self may be challenged through involvement in the lives of others within the context of community service relationships. Central to his “explorations of the self” is the role “caring” plays as a source of self understanding and identity development… Rhoads suggests ways in which the self might be reconsidered with an ethic-of-care philosophy at its core. He argues that higher education ought to play a key role in fostering more relational and caring individuals and that community service offers a pedagogical opportunity for encouraging the development of more caring selves. He maintains that as society becomes increasingly complex, diverse, and potentially fragmented, caring becomes a more important facet of one’s sense of self than perhaps ever before. It is only through an increasing concern for the other (the essence of caring) that one is able to bridge the relational barriers posed by the postmodern condition.”

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Psychology 201: Consciousness Psychology


Course Mentor: John Griffin, PhD

Tuition: $600

The premise and focus of Consciousness Psychology – also referred to as Transpersonal Consciousness Psychology and Integral Consciousness Psychology – is an open ended exploration of the way that consciousness creates, pervades, preserves, and transforms all existence. Many mystical wisdom traditions hold that omni-consciousness is the divine substrate that underlies and informs everything, including our own consciousness. This is central to World University’s operative philosophy, which has been called Monistic Idealism. We will explore both the personal and transpersonal dimensions of this psychology.

Required Text:

Vaughn, Frances and Walsh, Roger (editors). Paths Beyond Ego: The Transpersonal Vision. New York: J.P. Tarcher, 1993. (Click on the title to order this text online through WorldU’s link with Amazon.com. Some used copies may be available on the page for this book.

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Psychology 202: Abnormal Psychology


Course Mentor: PJ Haring, MA

Tuition: $600

This course will provide the student with

an overview of abnormal psychology, developing a basic understanding

of the following four aspects of the field:

    1. theories andconcepts of mental health problems/mental illness
    2. current understandingof causes
    3. symptoms ofmajor disorders and how they develop
    4. current understandingof treatments

Required Text:

Bennett, Paul. Abnormal and Clinical Psychology.

2nd Edition, July 2006. Open University Press/McGraw
Hill. ISBN: 978-0335219438. Click on the title to order
this text online through WorldU’s link with Amazon.com.

Some used copies may be available on the page for this
book,

BUT YOU MUST BUY THE EDITION
SPECIFIED ABOVE. (Otherwise your weekly lesson plans
will not match your book.)

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Psychology 203: Psychology of Carl Jung


Course Mentor: Jeremy Graham, MA

Tuition: $600

In this course we will explore the life and work of Carl Jung. Serving as an introduction to the massive amount of published work by Jung, this course will establish a grounding in his psychological approach towards the unconscious (individual and collective), personality, numinous experience, dreams, symbols and archetypes, and elements of the psyche (shadow, anima, etc.). In particular, we will pay close attention to Jung’s writings regarding psychology and religion and we will consider a contemporary description of the relationship between Jung’s psychology and Tibetan Buddhism. Students will be encouraged to share their understandings of the possible links between Jungian Psychology and religious belief though the two ways of organizing human experience will be recognized as being distinct.

Required Texts: You may purchase these books from your local bookstore, or click on the titles to order the books through the WorldU+Amazon book link. (Used copies are available through Amazon.)

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Psychology 205: Psychology of Non-Ordinary States of Consciousness



Course Mentor: Jeremy Graham, MA

Tuition: $600

Course description:

An introductory study of non-ordinary states of consciousness.

Non-ordinary states of consciousness cover an enormous range of human experiences, from dreams and reveries to religious ecstasies, various trance states, near-death experiences, and the spiritual practices of native peoples who consume medicinal plants in order to commune with gods and ancestors. What do all these amazingly varied experiences tell us about being human? To provide the student with an introduction to non-ordinary states of consciousness, we will explore the writings of two well respected experts in the field who take significantly different approaches to this subject matter. Charles Tart employs a scientific language in his description of a systems approach to states of consciousness which includes as a sub-set, altered states of consciousness. Ralph Metzner chooses instead the language of metaphor and thus offers an understanding of transformative experience that is still organized but less structured then that of Tart’s. As we each learn differently, combining these two approaches will give students a chance to relate to one method but also will provide an opportunity to use that gained understanding to follow the method that is less comfortable or familiar.

Course objectives:

At the end of this course you should be able to…

  • understand the relationship between non-ordinary (altered) states of consciousness and the psychology of consciousness.
  • be familiar with the characteristics of non-ordinary states in both the East and West including meditation, lucid dreaming, and the use of substances to induce these states.
  • have explored your own reaction and response to viewing non-ordinary states of consciousness as significant and valuable instead of as symptoms of a psychotic break (which they can also be).
  • At the end of this course you will have deepened your awareness of the role that non-ordinary experiences can play on the Jungian path of Individuation, during the death posture (near death experiences and implications of the birth trauma), and potentially how they may affect collective culture.

Required Texts:

Tart, C. T.

States of Consciousness. BackInPrint.com. 2001.
ISBN 978-0595151967. (Click on the title to order this text online through WorldU’s link with Amazon.com. Some used copies may be available on the page for this book.)

Metzner, R.

The Unfolding Self: Varieties of Transformative Experience. Origin Press; Revised edition (May 1998). ISBN: 978-1579830007. (Click on the title to order this text online through WorldU’s link with Amazon.com. Some used copies may be available on the page for this book. Please order early because books from small publishers can take two to four week to arrive.)

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Psychology 206: Child and Adolescent Psychology



Course Mentor: Jeremy Graham, PhD

Tuition: $600

A study of the phenomenology of consciousness and behavior exhibited in the life of a human being from birth to adolescence. In child psychology emphasis is given to the maturation of the physiological and psychological processes up to the onset of puberty. In adolescent psychology, emphasis is given to the maturation of glandular, emotional and mental processes.

Anonymous.

Go Ask Alice.
Aladdin Paperbacks. ISBN: 0689817851

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Psychology 207: Parenting and Pre-Natal Psychology


Course Mentor: Katherine Rosengren, MA

Tuition: $600

Patterns of child behavior and development including physical, cognitive and social growth. A comprehensive review of leading child rearing theories and methods. Group discussions of parental problems and alternative solutions in contemporary society.

Required Texts & Documents:

Readings in Library (open to public)

Laura Davis and Janis Keyser.
Becoming the Parent You Want to Be
Broadway Books. ISBN: 0-553-06750-8 Please order your textbook as soon as you enroll! (You can click on the title to order from the WorldU+Amazon link. To save money, be sure to look for used copies on the Amazon page for each book.) If your text does not arrive in the first week, you will still be able to complete the written part of your assignment and can complete your reading later.

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Psychology 208: Psychology of Yoga



Course Mentor: Carol Rainwater, MA

Tuition: $600

In this course, we will learn about Yoga, which is defined as “restraint of fluctuations in the consciousness, which has three functions: cognition, conation or volition, and motion” (Iyengar, 1993, p. 46). Yoga is both an art and a science in discipline of the mind and body; therefore, the mind becomes more matured and cultured. This course will introduce Patanjali’s jewel-like style of these ancient but vital teachings to those who seek the path of self-knowledge. In this course, you will learn what Yoga is, how it works, and how to purify the mind and let it settle into absolute stillness.

Required Texts & Documents:

Shearer, Alistair (trans.). The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. Harmony/Bell Tower, 2002. ISBN: 0609609599. (Click on the title to order this text online through WorldU’s link with Amazon.com. Some used copies may be available on the page for this book.)

Iyengar, B.K.S. Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.. Thorsons Publishers, 2003. ISBN: 0007145160.

(Click on the title to order this text online through WorldU’s link with Amazon.com. Some used copies may be available on the page for this book.)

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Psychology 214: Humanistic Psychology


Course Mentor: Jeremy Graham, MA

Tuition: $600

Humanistic psychology arose in the 1950s and 1960 as full-fledged rebellion against the two long-dominant themes of mid-century psychology: animal behavior studies (rats, monkeys, etc.) and mental illness (neurotics and psychotics). These emphases tended to portray people as soulless, biological robots. The humanists (Carl Rogers, Abraham Maslow and Rollo May, among the most prominent) argued that we would never understand full human development by studying either rats or mental patients. They drew support from existentialism and the then-emerging, European school of existential psychotherapy, with its emphasis on lived human experience and the freedom (and necessity) to create oneself by exercising one’s capacity to choose one’s actions and one’s path through life. This connection with existentialism may seem odd to some students when we consider the highly positive tone of humanistic psychology compared to the relatively dark persona that existentialism conveys. (We are free to choose, but along with the possibilities of authentic development life includes sorrow, tragedy, limits, betrayal of self, and death.) While Maslow acknowledges the importance of this connection with existentialism, his writing tends to downplay it, whereas May embraces the existentialists of his time. However, the positive approach of Maslow and Rogers tend to represent the more popular understanding of humanistic psychology as a vision of our journey toward full personhood. To introduce the student to this field of study, we will thus read two texts, one by Rollo May and the other by Abraham Maslow. Throughout the course, students will be encouraged to also read sections of writings from Carl Rogers and also to explore those writers critical of aspects of humanistic psychology, like Isaac Prilleltensky who prefers to support community psychology and critical psychology.

Required Texts: You may purchase these books from your local bookstore, or click on the titles to order the books through the WorldU+Amazon book link. (Used copies are available through Amazon.)

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Psychology 215: Psychology of Zen Meditation


Course Mentor: John Griffin, PhD

Tuition: $600

Course description:

This course will serve as a comprehensive introduction to Zen Buddhism. You will have the opportunity to understand the many levels and aspects of Zen practice and belief, and you will have the opportunity to put some of these understandings into practice yourself. You will have a weekly opportunity to express your understanding through written assignments, and you will be given a final exam that will be delivered to you at the end of the course so that you might understand even further.

Course objectives:

1. To introduce the student to the psychology of Zen meditation.

2. To study the mind confrontation technique (Koan).

3. To study the concentrative awareness of timelessness and spacelessness.

4. To study the nature of effortless no-mind meditation.

5. To familiarize the students of the historical aspects and basic ideas of Zen and Buddhist meditation.

6. To acquaint the students with the ideas, beliefs, practices and principles of Zen meditation.

7. To learn concentration with steadfastness.

8. To be able to think and reason clearly.

9. To learn to be quiet.

Required texts:

Watts, Alan. The Way of Zen. Vintage Spiritual Classics, 1999. ISBN:

978-0375705106. (Click on the title to order this text online through WorldU’s link with Amazon.com.)

Suzuki, D.T. (Introduction by Carl Jung) Introduction to Zen Buddhism. Grove Press, 1994. ISBN:

978-0802130556. (Click on the title to order this text online through WorldU’s link with Amazon.com.)

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Psychology 221: Jungian Archetypes


Course Mentor: Carol Rainwater, MA

Tuition: $600

An approach to psychology, art, literature, religion, mythology and civilization from the Jungian archetypal perspective.

Required Texts:

Jung, Carl G. and Jaffe, Aniela. Memories, Dreams, Reflections. New York: Vintage Reissue edition, 1989. ISBN: 0679723951 . (Click on the title to order this text online through WorldU’s link with Amazon.com. Used copies are available on the page for this book.)

Jung, Carl G. Man and His Symbols. New York: Dell Publishing. 1964. ISBN: 0440351839. (Click on the title to order this text online through WorldU’s link with Amazon.com. Used copies

are available on the page for this book.)

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Psychology 235: Psychology of Conscious Dying


Course Mentor: John Griffin, PhD

Tuition: $600

A study of the science, art and cybernetics of the death process. Principles and laws of consciousness. Phenomenology of the out of body experience. The spiritual liberation of consciousness. Various beliefs and attitudes toward death and dying.

Required Text:

Reyes, B. Conscious Dying: Psychology of Death and Guidebook to Liberation. Ojai, CA: World University, 1986.
Contact World University office to order this book.

Recommended Texts:

Kenneth Ring and Evelyn Elsaesser Valarino (Foreword by Bruce Greyson). Lessons From The Light: What We Can Learn From the Near-Death Experience. Moment Point Press, 2000. ISBN: 0966132785. (Click on the title to order this text online through WorldU’s link with Amazon.com. Some used copies may be available on the page for this book.)

Review comments from Amazon online bookstore: Embodied in the pages of “Lessons from the Light” is the seed potential to transform our world. Using the tools of the scientist combined with a compassionate heart and clear intuitive sense, Ring once again breaks ground with cutting-edge information on the near-death experience. Through many moving stories of near-death experiences and eye-opening veridicality studies, Ring presents convincing information substantiating the reality of these experiences and life after death. Perhaps even more importantly, he shows us how we might incorporate the wonderful transformations in our personalities that are so frequently observed in near-death experiencers–that we might, indeed, catch their “benign virus.” And it is this ability that has the potential to transform not only ourselves, but our world.

Ring’s writing is personable, accessible and full of heart. “Lessons from the Light” will be a life-changing and life-enhancing experience for all who read it. I will be taking this book to our local hospice, use it in my volunteer work there and share it with my friends and family. It will bring peace to those who are dying and it will give those of us still in the midst of life a wonderful guidebook to live fully, with love and in the present moment. “Lessons from the Light” will undoubtedly ease our fear of death.


Kübler-Ross, Elisabeth and Kessler, David. Life Lessons: Two Experts on Death and Dying Teach Us About the Mysteries of Life and Living . NY: Touchstone Books, 2001. (Click on the title to order this text online through WorldU’s link with Amazon.com. Some used copies may be available on the page for this book.)

Review comments from Amazon online bookstore: After experiencing a paralyzing stroke in 1995 and facing her own mortality, Elisabeth Kübler-Ross (author of the renowned On Death and Dying ) realized she had some unfinished business to take care of. “I wanted to write one more book, not on death and dying, but on life and living,” she explains. So she joined forces with coauthor David Kessler, a leader in the field of hospice care, and together they wrote about the lessons we can learn about living from those who are dying. As Kessler explains in his introduction, “The dying have always been teachers of great lessons, for it’s when we are pushed to the edge of life that we see most clearly.”

In days gone by, the community would have gathering places where children and adults listened to elders tell their stories of life’s challenges and the meaning they found in life. In lieu of that kind of extended community, the authors offer this book, filled with stories from the edge. Then, like fireside elders, they weave these personal stories into themes, such as living authentically, the importance of play, finding one’s power, loving relationships, and self-compassion. One cannot say enough about the lasting value of this beautifully written and carefully rendered book. This is your chance to see life from the 20/20 vision of hindsight. In the end what will we value most? Here are some hints: the days we surrendered and became calm, the times we healed that which was broken, and of course all the moments we opened ourselves to love. –Gail Hudson


Sogyal Rinpoche. The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying . Harper San Francisco, 1994. (Click on the title to order this text online through WorldU’s link with Amazon.com. Some used copies may be available on the page for this book.)

Review comments from Amazon online bookstore: In 1927, Walter Evans-Wentz published his translation of an obscure Tibetan Nyingma text and called it the Tibetan Book of the Dead . Popular Tibetan teacher Sogyal Rinpoche has transformed that ancient text, conveying a perennial philosophy that is at once religious, scientific, and practical. Through extraordinary anecdotes and stories from religious traditions East and West, Rinpoche introduces the reader to the fundamentals of Tibetan Buddhism, moving gradually to the topics of death and dying. Death turns out to be less of a crisis and more of an opportunity. Concepts such as reincarnation, karma, and bardo and practices such as meditation, tonglen, and phowa teach us how to face death constructively. As a result, life becomes much richer. Like Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, Sogyal Rinpoche opens the door to a full experience of death. It is up to the reader to walk through. –Brian Bruya


Kübler-Ross, Elisabeth. On Death and Dying . Scribner, 1997. (Click on the title to order this text online through WorldU’s link with Amazon.com. Some used copies may be available on the page for this book.)

Review comments from Amazon online bookstore: Elisabeth Kübler-Ross’s book, On Death and Dying , is one of the classic works in the field, still used to educate and inform medical, counseling, and pastoral professionals since its original publication in the 1960s. Kübler-Ross did extensive research in the field by actually talking to those in the process of dying, something that had hitherto been considered taboo and an unthinkable, uncaring thing to do. Kübler-Ross asked for volunteers, and never pressured people to do or say anything they didn’t want to. One of her unexpected discoveries was that the medical professionals were more reluctant to participate than were the patients, who quite often felt gratitude and relief at being able to be heard.

 

 


Psychology 241: Self-esteem


Course Mentor: Tita Reyes, MA

Tuition: $600

An in-depth analysis of self-esteem; its implications and applications from the micro to the macro level, focusing on psychologist Nathaniel Branden’s now-classic text, The Psychology of Self-Esteem. Branden argues that self-esteem is not simply a feel-good phenomenon–rather, it rests on the appropriate exercise of mind and is intimately related to rationality, perseverance, self-responsibility, and personal integrity. Further, he maintains that although others may help or obstruct its development, it must be generated from within.

Required Text:

Branden, Nathaniel. The Psychology of Self-Esteem. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2000. ISBN: 0-7879-4526-9 (You can click on the title to order from the WorldU+Amazon link. To save money, be sure to look for used copies on the Amazon page for this book.)

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Psychology 242: Love and Relationships


Course Mentor: Tita Reyes, MA

Tuition: $600

Works of such authors as D. H. Lawrence and James Joyce will be compared with the psychological basis of love according to Carl Jung, Erich Fromm and Abraham Maslow. Love will also be explored through the lenses of music, poetry and film.

Required Text:

Fromm, Erich. The Art of Loving. New York: HarperCollins, 2000.

About this book: A classic in its own time… The original self-help treatise that has inspired countless numbers of men and women throughout the world. Explains how love can release hidden potential and become life’s most exhilarating experience. In this fresh and candid work, renowned psychoanalyst Erich Fromm guides readers in developing their capacity for love in all its aspects: romantic love, love of parents for children, brotherly love, erotic love, self-love, and love of God. This powerful book is considered the seminal work in the emergence of the psychology of personal growth. (You can click on the title to order from the WorldU+Amazon link. To save money, be sure to look for used copies on the Amazon page for this book.)

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Psychology 245: Psychology of Dream Consciousness


Course Mentor: Jeremy Graham, MA

Tuition: $600

Almost every psychology has an opinion on the nature of dreams. Dreams have interested humanity since times before modern day societies and have been explored by many indigenous cultures. In this course we are most interested in those psychologies that view the dream as meaningful to the human psyche and society. Therefore we will explore the theories of Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung, and James Hillman. To study Jungian theory, we will read a work by Robert Johnson. Each writer has a unique way of working with the dream and all are valuable for therapists as they attempt to consider dreams when they enter the therapeutic hour. Sigmund Freud and Robert Johnson tend to be grouped within Depth Psychology whereas James Hillman provides a viewpoint from Archetypal Psychology.

Required Texts: You may purchase these books from your local bookstore, or click on the titles to order the books through the WorldU+Amazon book link. (Used copies are available through Amazon.)

 

 

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Psychology 255: Personality Psychology, East and West


Course Mentor: Jeremy Graham, MA

Tuition: $600

Course Description:

Many different theorists have considered the importance of personality to psychology. Therefore this course will provide the student with a general overview of the theories of William James, Freud, Jung, Adler, Skinner, Cognitive Psychologists, Feminist approaches, Erickson, Rogers, Maslow, and will conclude with a study of some the Eastern traditions (Hindu, Buddhist, and Islamic). We will explore how personality can become a field where religion and psychology cross over and also how some theorists exclude spiritual or religious understandings from their psychological perspectives. As we are dealing with a complex topic, students will be encouraged to express their own understanding personality in relation to the theorists and spiritual traditions studied.

Although there is only one book for this course, it is costly. Buying a used book is fine but students should make sure that what they are buying is the

sixth edition.

Course Objectives:

At the end of this course…

  1. …you will be familiar with the thoughts of William James. His work occurred in the mid 1800s during the time when psychology was transitioning from being considered as a branch of philosophy.
  2. …you will be familiar with Freud’s structures of personality; the Id, the Ego, and the Superego. You will also be introduced to ten of Anna & Sigmund Freud’s defense mechanisms and will gain an understanding of how these mechanisms relate to personality.
  3. …you will be familiar with Jung’s system of personality typology. This includes the two attitudes, introversion and extraversion, and the four functions, thinking, feeling, intuition, and sensation. The student will also be introduced to Jung’s structures of personality; the ego, persona, shadow, anima/animus, and self.
  4. …you will have deepened your awareness of the difference between Freud’s and Jung’s understanding of unconscious phenomena.
  5. …you will be familiar with Adler’s concept of compensation as it relates to inferiority. You will also be introduced to the way this theory affects Adler’s understanding of personal growth.
  6. …you will be familiar with behaviorist perspectives towards personality.
  7. …you will be familiar with the cognitive approaches towards personality.
  8. …you will have deepened your awareness of the way feminist theories impact personality theory and theories of growth.
  9. …you will be familiar with Erick Erikson’s stages of human development which have deep implications for the understanding of personality and personal growth.
  10. …you will be familiar with Carl Rogers and how his person-centered perspective contrasts to theories of personality that are highly developmental.
  11. …you will have deepened your awareness of the Hindu, Buddhist, and Islamic understandings of personality and personal growth.
  12. …you will be familiar with Maslow’s hierarchy of needs and his concept of peak experience and self-actualization.

Required Text:

Frager, R. and Fadiman, J.

Personality and Personal Growth. Pearson Education. Sixth Edition, 2005. ISBN:

0131444514. (Click on the title to order this text online through WorldU’s link with Amazon.com. Some used copies may be available on the page for this book.

You may buy a used copy but in order for your assignments to match your

textbook, it is absolutely imperative that you buy the edition specified

above.)

 


Psychology 265: Introduction to Counseling


Course Mentor: PJ Haring, MA

Tuition: $600

From Mentor’s Introduction:
This course is an introduction to the practice of counseling. It will assist those of you in vocations where you are called upon to help people solve their problems. It will prepare those of you planning a career in psychotherapy to pursue further study.

This course only lightly touches on theory. Of course, theory is implied in many of the techniques. In depth study of theory is covered in other courses.

I have selected two widely acclaimed authors, each with a broad command of technique, and each with a unique approach.

David Martin lyrically, explores the counselor’s vocation, focusing on development of the counselor’s intuition, empathy and compassion, and showing how these qualities, when brought to bear on specific techniques, create a successful counseling experience.

The second book is Lauren Slater’s memoir of a time period early in her career as a therapist. It is a refreshing page-turner providing the reader with an idea of what it is like to be a psychotherapist. I have assigned it in the fourth week of the course, for a nice change of pace.

Required Texts: Please order your texts early enough so that you have them on hand at the beginning of the school Quarter.

Martin , David G. Counseling and Therapy Skills, 2nd Edition, (ISBN 1-57766-068-4)..(Click on the title to order this text online through WorldU’s link with Amazon.com. Some used copies may be available on the page for this book.)

Slater, Lauren. Welcome to My Country. (ISBN 0-385-48739-8). (Click on the title to order this text online through WorldU’s link with Amazon.com. Some used copies may be available on the page for this book.)

ENROLLMENT/ACCESS PROCEDURES:

For general public: You may take this course through our “Open Enrollment Program”. Click here for Open Enrollment Program Admission Application

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Psychology 281: Self-Counseling


Course Mentor: PJ Haring, MA

Tuition: $600

From Mentor’s Introduction: Whether you are a veteran self counselor or new to the practice, this course is intended do two things: suggest a theoretical structure to make your self counseling work more enjoyable and fruitful; and take you on an inner adventure of your own life. There are hundreds of disciplines in the area of self counseling, and discovering the ones for you is part of your journey.

In this course we will use three texts. The first is John Bradshaw’s classic text HOMECOMING, which outlines the developmental stages which trauma can interrupt and the behavioral hallmarks of early psychological injuries. It also gives maps that show the way to healing. Bradshaw draws on the wisdom of dozens of great writers whose works you may choose to pursue.

The second text for this course is Etty Hillesum’s AN INTERRUPTED LIFE, a masterpiece narrative of the adventures of actually walking the inner path that the great writers theoretically describe.

The third book of required reading is a daily meditation book of your choice. You are encouraged to select one that addresses the issues that confront you in your life.

Three Required Texts: Please order your texts early enough so that you have them on hand at the beginning of the school Quarter.

1. Bradshaw, John. Homecoming: Reclaiming and Championing Your Inner Child. City of publication: Name of publisher, year of publication. ISBN. (Click on the title to order this text online through WorldU’s link with Amazon.com. Some used copies may be available on the page for this book.)

2. Hillesum, Etty. An Interrupted Life and Letters from Westerbork. (with Forward and Introduction by Eva Hoffman) New York: Owl Books, 1996. ISBN: 0805050876. (Click on the title to order this text online through WorldU’s link with Amazon.com. Some used copies may be available on the page for this book.)

3. A daily meditation book of your choosing. Following are a few suggested titles (there are dozens more at new and used book stores): (Click on the title to see each text online through WorldU’s link with Amazon.com. Some used copies may be available on the page for each book.)

ENROLLMENT/ACCESS PROCEDURES:

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Psychology 282: Gerontology and the Psychology of Aging


Course Mentor: (to be arranged)

Tuition: $600

A broad overview of the major research findings, theoretical concepts and methodology of developmental psychology, with specific emphasis on the older adult. The aging process examined from biological, psychological, social, political and spiritual perspectives.

Required Text:

Tyson, Shirley Rose. Gerontological Nursing Care. W.B. Saunders, publisher. 1999. ISBN: 0-7216-5009-0 (Click on the book title to order this text online through WorldU’s link with Amazon.com. Some used copies may be available on the page for this book.)

ENROLLMENT/ACCESS PROCEDURES:

For general public: You may take this course through our “Open Enrollment Program”. Click here for Open Enrollment Program Admission Application

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Psychology 285-001: BRC: Randall: The Stories We Are


2.0 Quarter Units — 5-week Book Report Course

Course Mentor: Dennis Rivers, MA

Tuition: $400

This course is part of the BRC series of 5-week, 1.5 unit, courses at World University that focus on contemporary outstanding books. The initials BRC stand for “book report course” and the work of each of these courses is to read the assigned book, write brief, weekly progress reports and write a fifteen- to twenty-page book report demonstrating one’s understanding of the assigned text.

PSY285-001 is a book report course (BRC) focused on The Stories We Are: An Essay on Self Creation by William Lowell Randall. This book reflects the growing interest in psychology and cultural studies with the role that narrative processes play in the life of the self. For a variety of reasons, cultural, developmental and linguistic, we tend to think of the self as some sort of object or enduring substance inside of a person, relatively independent of whatever stories a person might tell about their life. The emerging narrative emphasis in psychology invites us to explore the way that storytelling, changing and incorporeal as it may be, is a vital part of our sense of self. Our live are very dynamic partly because our lives include the stories we tell ourselves and others about our lives. Human beings are capable of changing partly because we can change the themes of our own stories. This book will introduce you to some of the dimensions of personal story-making, and in doing so will help you to tell the story of your own life more creatively and fruitfully.

To read the Introduction and Overview section of the course, click here.

Required Text

Randall, William Lowell. The Stories We Are: An Essay on Self Creation. University of Toronto Press, 1995. (Click on the title to order this text online through WorldU’s link with Amazon.com. Some used copies may be available on the page for this book.)

 

 

 


Psychology 285-004: BRC: Basho: Narrow Road to the Interior


Mentor: John Griffin, PhD

2.0 Quarter Units — 5-week Book Report Course

Tuition: $400

This course is part of the BRC series of 5-week, 1.5 unit, courses at World University that focus on contemporary outstanding books. The initials, “BRC'” stand for “book report course” and the work of each of these courses is to read the assigned book, write brief, weekly progress reports and write a fifteen- to twenty-page book report demonstrating one’s understanding of the assigned text.

This book report course is a study, assessment and reflection upon the classic travel journal of the renowned poet Basho as he traversed the narrow pathway into the far northern area of Japan in a creative pilgrimage into the depths of his own creative consciousness. In addition to the online text, you will also read further background on Basho’s life plus the online discussion material which accompanies each travel segment-chapter.

Required text:

Basho, Matsuo. Narrow Road To The Interior. Available online at:
https://www.uoregon.edu/~kohl/basho/index.html

or from Amazon Books

 


Psychology 298A: Special Topics — Dimensions of Sound


Course Mentor: Donna Packard, M.Ed.

Tuition: $600

Dimensions of Sound: An Introduction to the Utilization of Sound and Music in Healing and Raising of Consciousness

Everyone has been moved by music – to a state of calm, to tears, to laughter to ecstatic dancing! Music crosses all barriers of language and differences and has been a part of us since the beginning of time. The idea that sound is intertwined with creation has been a thread that runs through cultural stories from many traditions. Pythagoras told us that the universe is shaped by the way it would sound. The utilization of sound and music is becoming more and more accepted as a valid tool in therapeutic, healing, and educational settings. We are only beginning to tap into the power of sound and vibration. The possibilities for future research and growth in this field are as boundless and far reaching as sound itself! This course is an introduction to the utilization of sound and music in healing and consciousness-raising. Explore the therapeutic capabilities of sound and music. Discover how to use the human voice for healing. Learn how music is processed by the body and how it can be applied in a range of physiological and psychological conditions. Learn various ways that sound and music may be used to bring your body, mind, emotions and spirit into harmony!

Donna Packard, M.Ed., a singer-songwriter, is founder of Full Circle Celebrations and the Breathing Peace Network. Donna has been utilizing sound and music in healing, wellness and education for more than twenty years. She currently offers workshops and private sessions in sound healing, including a Breathing Sound Journey. She is a Director of the Interdisciplinary Sound and Music Research Association, author of “Utilizing Music and Sound in Learning and Healing”, Lesley University, 1996 and “Music Moves Mountains”, Boston Live 2005. (see article at www.bostonlive.net).

Required Texts:

Perry, Wayne. Overtoning: The Complete Guide to Healing with the Human Voice. Musikarma Publishing, P.O. Box 48322, Los Angeles, CA 90048. First edition, 2002. Click here to order book directly from author.

Schneck, Daniel J., and Berger, Dorita S. The Music Effect: Music Physiology and Clinical Applications. Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 116 Pentonville Rd., London NI, 9JB, UK, and 400 Market Street, Suite 400, Philadelphia, PA 19106. First edition, 2006. Click here to order directly from publisher.

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ENROLLMENT/ACCESS PROCEDURES:

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