As this course is taught over several semesters, the books used, and the instructor leading the course, will rotate. For this week’s discussion board, I invite you to help me think through the book selection process.
Option one: Propose a book you’ve read (not a textbook) about an aspect of human behavior that you would recommend be incorporated into Psych 300. Share with us why this book is worthy of study. Sell us on your choice!
Option two: Make a case for keeping one of the three course texts that were used this term. Of the three, which would you most like to see kept, and why?
Option three: Our author, Jonathan Haidt, gave an address called “The Bright Future of Post-Partisan Social Psychology” at a big psychology conference in 2011. At his talk, he asked attendees to raise their hand if they identified as politically conservative. Out of over 1,000 attendees, approximately 80% identified as liberal, some identified as moderates or libertarians, and only a handful of the 1,000 were conservative (or were willing to say that they were conservative, given how outnumbered they were). Is it a problem that liberals are overrepresented and conservatives underrepresented in psychology? Why or why not? Be specific.