Professor: Grant Willis, Ph.D.
Prerequisites: Junior or Senior standing
Catalog Description: Survey of the major issues underlying the classification, institutionalization, and treatment of persons with mental, physical, psychological, and educational disabilities. Specific topics include social attitudes towards exceptionalities, past and current legislation, special education services, and transitions into community life and the workplace.
By the end of the semester students will be knowledgeable about
Students will demonstrate their knowledge of objectives 1·4 by their performance on exams, class discussion and activities, and by completing an comprehensive final exam or an integrative course project.
This course is taught by multiple instructors, please refer to the URI Course Schedule.
PSY 442 meets the Psychology major requirement for a topics course. Psychology majors are required to take 3 topics courses. This is an advanced level course, where the student will learn about human exceptionality, theories of developmental difference, cultural perspectives of differences, and how society judges deviations from “normal.” Students will hopefully come away with a stronger respect for the variety of human exceptionality.