Psychology in Berlin
About the Program
Step through Brandenburg Gate and study psychology in Berlin! From breathtaking views atop the Reichstag building to world-class museums, historic sites, funky neighborhoods, and beautiful parks students will experience the city’s dynamic energy. This program offers the opportunity to explore cognition, relationship development, and abnormal behavior while immersed in a vibrant center for music, progressive art, and architecture. A weekend excursion to the ancient city of Prague will provide a unique cultural contrast to modern Berlin. Field excursions to iconic locales of Berlin and Leipzig will facilitate integration of psychological concepts learned in class with students’ experience of German culture and history. Throughout this integrative program, students will be challenged to examine cross-cultural customs and norms from a psychological perspective.
Students are required to enroll in 7 credit hours, but may enroll in 10 credit hours. Students are encouraged to consult their academic advisor regarding eligibility for courses, pre-reqs, etc. More information regarding courses can be found in the University Bulletin. In addition, we have listed the current CAP status for each course. However, students should consult DegreeWorks for the most accurate information since courses that satisfy CAP requirements may vary by year of admission or according to a student's major. The Degree Audit is specific to each student. Consult your academic advisor for details.
PSY 321: Cognition
Cognitive psychology is the study of human thinking and memory, of what the mind is and how it works. It is concerned with such questions as how we learn and remember information, how we comprehend and produce language, how we solve problems, and how we acquire and use new concepts. Cognitive psychology began in Germany and several of the pioneers of the field were German: Wilhelm Wundt who established the first scientific laboratory for the study of human psychology in Leipzig, Germany, and Hermann Ebbinghaus, the first psychologist to scientifically study and measure human memory and who was a professor at the University of Berlin. Prerequisite(s): PSY 101.
PSY 344: Interpersonal Relationships
The Interpersonal Relationships course will focus on the biological, social, and psychological processes associated with relationship formation and development. This course will investigate cultural differences between American and German cultures, particularly as they relate to marriage and divorce, nonverbal behavior, the emphasis on a formal dating stage before marriage, the importance of "true love," and interpersonal attraction. The course provides a fertile foundation to apply course content to Berlin and German culture, more generally. Observational and interactive experiences outside of the classroom will be vital to the students’ understanding of the role of culture in relationship development. Prerequisite(s): PSY 101.
PSY 363: Abnormal Psychology
CAP: Crossing Boundaries - Integrative, Diversity and Social Justice
This course will provide an overview of the study of psychological disorders (psychopathology) from an integrative, biopsychosocial perspective. We will focus on the characteristics, etiology, and assessment of numerous psychological disorders, and discuss empirically supported treatment approaches. This course will also explore the historical underpinnings of abnormal psychology, including German psychiatrist Emil Kraepelin’s significant contributions to our present-day understanding and classification of psychopathology. The influence of culture on the definitions, perceptions, and treatment of psychological disorders will be examined, with particular emphasis on similarities and differences across German and American culture observed through interactive experiences outside the classroom. Prerequisite(s): PSY 101.
UDI 310 MAXIE: Experience
(1 credit; required)
This courses aims to utilize the city as the classroom where students can make sense of their experience through interactive discussion, group activities, and independent journaling. Through reflection, students internalize their study abroad experience and may undergo changes impacting attitudes and actions in their home country and at UD. Graded mini-course required of all student participants.
Dr. Julie Walsh-Messinger
, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology (Site Coordinator)
Dr. Matthew Montoya
, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology
Dr. Robert Crutcher
, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology
Students must be 18 years of age or older and eligible to take courses for credit at the University of Dayton. Participants in the program must have a minimum GPA of 2.5. Students in good academic standing with a GPA below 2.5 may petition the Center for International Programs for consideration. Students must also be in good disciplinary standing.
For all University of Dayton summer programs, pre-departure orientations play a critical role in making study abroad a valuable learning experience. All students accepted to participate in University of Dayton’s summer programs are required to take the pre-departure course, UDI 220: MAXIE - Prepare (Maximizing your International Experience). This course helps students develop intercultural communication and sensitivity skills and techniques that can be used in any context, as well as learn site-specific strategies to be employed in-country. Students will be given time to clarify academic and personal goals prior to departure. UDI 220 is a required class for your education abroad experience. It is divided into two parts: the first part involves meeting as a group during the semester prior to departure (5 class meetings plus 2 sessions on concepts of culture and health and safety abroad); the second part includes meeting upon returning to campus in the semester following the in-country experience (two class meetings).
The details for your MAXIE course are as follows:
Once you have committed to the program, please register for this Spring 2019 mini-course, which meets March 7 - May 2, 2019. Be on the lookout for an email from the Office of Education Abroad with details on how to register.
Cost and Refund Policy
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