John F. Kennedy University
Course Prefix, Course Number and Section: PYJ4203
Humanistic Psychology
Quarter and Year:  Winter, 2011
Session Dates: On-line
Instructor: Steve Del Chiaro, PsyD
Contact Information: 408.874.7741.

Course Description
This course explores the exciting field of humanistic psychology, often called the Third Force in psychology (psychoanalysis and behaviorism being the First and Second Forces).  Influenced by humanism, existentialism, and phenomenology, humanistic psychology is fundamentally interested in human capacities and potentials.  The field explores the nature of self, love, creativity, spontaneity, play, warmth, ego-transcendence, autonomy, responsibility, authenticity, meaning, transcendental experience, courage, and other topics of vital human interest.  Humanistic psychology helped to birth the human potential movement and positive psychology.  We will examine the major concepts, theories, techniques, applications, and trends in the field.  Some of the pioneering humanistic psychologists and psychiatrists include Gordon Allport, James Bugental, Charlotte Buhler, Victor Frankl, Eric Fromm, Abraham Maslow, Rollo May, Carl Rogers, and Thomas Szasz. We will also examine the work of contemporary theorists and practitioners and explore how humanistic psychology has influenced and been influenced by various postmodern approaches. 

Learning Outcomes

bulletTo demonstrate knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts, techniques developed by humanistic psychologists
bulletTo understand the historical and intellectual conditions that birthed humanistic psychology
bulletTo understand the influence of humanistic psychology on other fields of psychology
bulletTo demonstrate self-awareness and the ability to apply theoretical concepts to issues and questions that are personally meaningful to daily life
bulletTo demonstrate critical thinking and writing skills in evaluating psychological principles, practices, and findings
bulletTo demonstrate proficiency in conducting academic research in humanistic psychology

Required Texts
Course Reader containing articles and book chapters (available in electronic format on-line by clicking on (Reader). 

Books Available at JFK Library:

Schneider, KJ, Bugental, FT, and Pierson, JF.  (2002). The handbook of humanistic psychology: Leading edges in theory, research, and practice.  Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications (ISBN 0-7619-2782-4).

May, R. (1953). Manís search for himself.  New York: Delta (ISBN 0-440-55296-6) (also available through W.W. Norton, ISBN 0-393-33315-9).

**You must watch the film Ė Three Approaches of Psychotherapy** I have it linked below, but it should be available at the library.

Additional Web Resources:
Humanistic Psychology - What Is Humanistic Psychology
Association for Humanistic Psychology
Division 32 - Humanistic Psychology

Student Responsibilities

YOU MUST SET UP A TIME TO MEET WITH ME AT LEAST TWO (2) TIMES THIS QUARTER!!!  Once before the sixth week and once before the twelfth week (12).  You can meet with me as often as you like.

Take-Home Mid-Term Exam: Click on Link here!

bulletTyped, double-spaced, APA format.
bulletShort answer and essay questions about humanistic theories and methodologies.
bulletDue Week 6.  Late exams will be reduced one full letter grade for each class period that has passed since the assignment.

Take-Home Final Exam: Click on Link here!

bulletTyped, double-spaced, APA format.
bulletShort answer and essay questions about humanistic applications. 
bulletDue Week 11.  No late exams will be accepted unless prior arrangements are made with the instructor.

Research Paper:
Students will choose a topic of interest in humanistic psychology. Topics could be research based, therapy based, etc.  You will write a comprehensive paper on that topic and include at least three empirical articles.  The paper will be no longer than five type written pages, not including title and reference pages.

Structure for Research Paper

1.      Your papers need be organized - you should be developing a central idea in each section and the reader should be able to follow the logic of your argument.  Each paragraph should have a coherent theme and paragraphs should follow each other in an organized manner. Read over your papers to be sure that there is a logical order to them. 

2.      Watch for grammatical errors, particularly sentence fragments and run-on sentences. More than five spelling or grammatical errors will result in points deducted from final grades.  More than ten will result in a zero (0).  I encourage you to have your paper proof read.

3.      Your papers will be typewritten, double-spaced, one-inch margins, using Times New Roman (or VERY similar) font.

4.      On a sheet attached to the front of all your papers, type the Title of your paper. In addition you must include Name, Course, Course Number, Quarter/Year, and Due Date.

5.      Citations/references included in your paper are to be done according to APA style as described in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th Edition, which is available in the library and on-line.  You should have at least 3 references for every paper and they will be listed on a separate sheet of paper attached to the back of your assignment.

Weekly Topics, Activities and Assignments:
(due on the Thursday of the week listed)

Week 1, Familiarize yourself with Requirements

Week 2, Historical Overview (Reader)

Read foreword, preface, introduction, and chs. 1-4 (pp. xii-43) in The Handbook of Humanistic Psychology.  Read Week 2 Readings in Course Reader.

Week 3, Humanistic Theory (Reader)

Read introduction to Part II and chs. 5-8 (pp. 49-99) in HHP.  Read Week 3 Readings in Course Reader

Week 4: Humanistic Theory (Reader)

Read chs. 9-11 (pp. 101-142) in HHP. Read Week 4 Readings in Course Reader.

Week 5: Humanistic Theory and Methodology (Reader)

Read chs. 15-18 and introduction to Part III (pp. 181-245) in HHP. Read Week 5 Readings in Course Reader.

Week 6: Humanistic Methodology NO READER

Read chs. 19-24 (pp. 247-324) in HHP.  Read chs. 1 and 2 of Manís Search for Himself. Take-home mid-term exam is due.

Week 7: Humanistic Applications to Practice (Reader)

Read Introduction to Part IV and chs. 25-26 and 29-30 (pp. 333-348, 371-402) in HHP. Read Week 7 Readings in Course Reader.   Read ch. 3 of Manís Search for Himself.

Week 8: Humanistic Applications to Practice (Reader)

Read chs. 31-35 (pp. 403-472) in HHP.  Read Week 8 Readings in Course Reader.  Read chs. 4-5 of Manís Search for Himself.

Week 9: Humanistic Applications to Practice and to Broader Settings NO READER

 Read chs. 36-38 (pp. 473-524) in HHP.  Read chs. 6-8 of Manís Search for Himself. Take-home final exam is handed out.

Week 10: Humanistic Applications to Broader Settings (Reader)

Read chs. 40-45 (pp. 539-624) in HHP. Read Week 10 Readings in Course Reader. 

Week 11: Humanistic Applications to Broader Settings and the New Millennium NO READER

Read chs. 46-49 and Closing Statements (pp. 625-676) in HHP.  Read Week 11 Readings in Course Reader.  Take-home final exam is due.

Plagiarism is the presentation of words, ideas or views of someone else as if they were oneís own. Plagiarism is intellectual dishonesty and, as such, is a serious academic offense. The potential penalties range from an unsatisfactory grade in the course (an ĎFĒ or Ďno credití), a letter of sanction placed in the studentís permanent academic file, or even dismissal from the university. Plagiarism includes:

bulletpassing off anotherís written work as your own
bulletfailing to give credit to your sources for the ideas, information, and words you have borrowed from them
bulletnot quoting when you use anotherís exact  words
bulletnot  changing the wording or sentence structure significantly enough when you paraphrase a source

To avoid plagiarism, properly cite your sources whenever you quote, paraphrase, summarize, or refer to someone elseís words, ideas, views, data, or graphic information.  Potential penalties range from an unsatisfactory grade in the course (F or NC), a letter of sanction placed in the studentís permanent academic file, or even dismissal from the university.

Incomplete Policy
An Incomplete (I) grade is given only to a student who has maintained satisfactory attendance and work throughout most of the course but, due to extraordinary circumstances, is unable to complete the required work by the end of the quarter. The granting of an ĒIĒ grade is at the discretion of the instructor and must be approved by the dean. It is the studentís responsibility to provide an incomplete grade form and to request an ďIĒ from the instructor in writing prior to the last class meeting, stating briefly but specifically the reasons for the request. The due date to complete work is determined by the instructor but may not exceed two quarters.

Disability Accommodations
If you need accommodations for this class due to a documented disability, please see Lisa Noshay-Petro in the Office of Disability Services for Students (ODS) in Room S220, 925.969.3447, All students who need accommodations should meet with the ODS early in the quarter, and utilize the support services they offer. Accommodations cannot be made until students are registered with the ODS, and have received an Accommodation letter. All information is kept confidential.

Academic Support Center (ASC)
The ASC provides once a week session in instruction in writing, study skills, and APA citation style. Appointments can be held in person or via phone, fax or email. Students who are registered with the Office of Disability Services are entitled to 2 appointments per week. All ASC services are free to registered students, faculty, and staff. Students can make an appointment by calling 925.969.3530 or emailing


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