1 Johnson State College External Degree Program PSY-4760-JX02 TS: Psychology of Dreams Syllabus Fall 2015 Instructor: Blagorodna Nori Efremovski, MA (preferred method of communication) Phone: Dates: Sunday, Sept 13, Oct 11, Nov 8, Dec 6 Time: 8:30 am to 5 pm Location: CCV in Winooski, Room 209 (Directions found at Parking: Parking is limited at the CCV Winooski center but is available in the city s nearby parking garage. Students registered for classes taking place at the Winooski campus can purchase parking passes. Do not park in the small parking lot for visitors and faculty beside the building. You will be towed. For information about purchasing a parking pass please visit or call Attendance Policy: Please note that attendance is mandatory at all class meetings. Please do not register for this course unless you can attend all classes for the full day. If you miss a session, contact your advisor immediately. ADA Statement: Students with disabilities who believe that they may need accommodations in this class are encouraged to contact JSC s Learning Specialist in Academic Services, as soon as possible to ensure that accommodations, if needed, are implemented in a timely fashion. Please call or Academic Honesty: (from JSC Catalog) Students are expected to conform to the highest standards of academic honesty in all of their academic work at Johnson State College. Academic dishonesty in any form is prohibited and unacceptable. Acts of dishonesty for which a student may be disciplined include, but are not limited to, receiving or providing unauthorized assistance on an examination and plagiarizing the work of others in writing assignments. The American Heritage Dictionary defines plagiarism in the following way: To steal or use (the ideas or writings of another) as one s own. Students are responsible for knowing what specific acts constitute plagiarism; if students are uncertain as to whether a particular act constitutes plagiarism, they should consult with their instructors before turning in assigned work. Cancellation Policy: If a class meeting must be cancelled, you will be notified through your JSC account, Moodle and/or the JSC course cancellation board on the portal. Please check for class cancellations before leaving home for your class. Texts: Texts are available through the JSC bookstore. Call or go to
2 Required Textbooks: Robbins, R. P. (2005). The Psychology of Dreams. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company, Inc. Van de Castle, L. R. (1994).Our Dreaming Mind. New York, NY: Ballantine Books. Books That Can Really Help You! Lippmann, P. (2002). Nocturnes. Hillsdale, NJ: The Analytic Press, Inc. Rock, A. (2005).The Mind at Night. New York, NY: Basic Books. Delaney, G. (1998). All About Dreams. New York, NY: HarperCollins Publishers. Course Description: This class will explore the use of dream-states (night dreaming, day dreaming, lucid dreaming) from a variety of perspectives as well as dreams as interpretations of life as experienced. In addition to night dreaming, the class will also discuss nightmares and night terrors, as well as the absence of remembered dreams. Cultural & historical attitudes about dreams, dreamers and dream interpreters will be discussed. Finally, empirical human and animal dream studies and contemporary cognitive and neuropsychological research will be reviewed. Course Objectives: The successful student will be able to become acquainted with the history, theory and significance of dreams. Students will develop the art of learning to think imaginably leading to an understanding of symbol, metaphor, reverie, and other manifestations of soul in dreams. Students will learn how Freud, Jung, Adler, and others have perceived and worked with dreams. Students will ascertain how dreams are hosted in varied cultures. We will be covering a large amount of information and it will be very important that you complete the assigned readings prior to class. My advice to you is to READ, READ, and READ.read the chapters before we discuss it in class. If you have questions from the readings, let me know, otherwise my assumption will be that you have been able to read and understand the assignments. At times we will not cover everything in class however, as a college student YOU are expected to do considerable independent study. I will do everything that I can do to help you succeed in this course, but if you need help ask me; don t assume that I will address the issue!!!! Grading and Evaluating ~ The final grade for the course will be determined as follows: Class attendance & participation 30% 30 points Class presentation 10% 10 points Journal review assignment (1) 10% 10 points Personal reflection (1) 5 % 5 points Midterm exam 5% 5 points Film critique (2) 10% 5 points each Final Paper 10% 10 points Final exam 20% 20 points
3 Journal Review Assignment / Film critique ~ Each student will be required to review & analyze ONE scholarly journal article, as well as providing a summation of 2 selected movies and discuss it from a psychological viewpoint regarding the topic of dreams and dreaming in the movie. A handout will be distributed describing in detail what my expectations for these papers are!!! In addition, students will be required to write Dream Journal throughout the semester, which content will be used for our Final Exam (details will be discussed in class). Outline about Student Presentation will be distributed in class (details will be discussed in class). Due at 1 st class (09/13/15): Personal reflection Dreams and You Outline attached with syllabus. Your personal reflection is about you and a dream that you choose to describe not the text; therefore the assignment should be reflective and not a chapter summary. Required readings: Textbook-Psychology of Dreams - Ch: 1, & 2. Textbook Our Dreaming Mind Part 2 (Ch. 3, 4, & 5) and Part 3 (Ch. 6, 7 & 8). Topics discussed: Dreaming through history; theories about dreams, and dreams throughout the lifespan: the effects of gender, society, stress and aging. Due at 2 nd class (10/11/15): Journal review assignment Outline will be distributed in class. This paper MUST adhere to APA guidelines. Resources are available online at We will also discuss APA formatting in class in an effort to answer questions and address concerns. Required readings: Textbook-The Psychology of Dreams- Ch: 6, 8, 10, and 11. Textbook Our Dreaming Mind Part 3 (Ch. 6 & 7), Part 5 (Ch. 12). Topics discussed: Dream symbols, dreaming states, uncertainty in dreams. Film # 1. Due at 3 rd class (11/08/15): Film Critique #1 outline will be given in class. Required readings: Textbook- The Psychology of Dreams - Ch: 7, 15, Textbook Our Dreaming Mind- Part 5 (Ch. 11), Part 6 (Ch. 14 & 15). Topics discussed: Dreams and mental illness, analyzing dreams, lucid dreaming, and dreaming creatively. Film Critique # 2 (outline will be given in class), & Midterm exam!!! Due at 4 th class (12/06/15): Film critique # 2 Due. Final Paper Due. Please bring SASE (self-addressed & self-stamped envelope) to the final class (12/06/15) for materials from the 4 th class to be mailed back to students with grades and comments. Required readings: Textbook -The Psychology of Dreams-Ch: 12, 13, &16. Textbook Our Dreaming Mind Part 6 (Ch.13) Topics discussed: Analyzing, interpreting dreams, somatic contributions to dreams, & working with your own dreams. Final Exam!!! PLEASE NOTE: PAPERS AFTER THE DUE DATE WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED!!!
4 Students are expected to use their JSC account as an official means of communications. For the purposes of class work and administrative communications they should not be given the option of using alternative address. This saves considerable time and energy on the part of faculty (who otherwise must create their own class address lists), and helps to insure that students will be checking their JSC on a regular basis. Our sister VSC institutions inform us that their students are required to use their assigned s and that this has proven to be very effective. With students checking their more regularly, they are less likely to be overwhelmed by the volume of messages in their inbox, something that is currently cited by students as a reason for not using their JSC accounts. Amendments to the syllabus may occur over the semester. Students will have any changes communicated to them in advance. Final Note ~ I sincerely hope that you find this subject to be interesting and enjoy this psychology course. It is my goal for each of you to successfully learn in this class, as well as, think critically about issues related to Psychology of Dreams. Please feel free to contact me at any time during the semester in class, by phone, or with any questions. (Please see next page)
5 PSY-4760-JX02 TS: Psychology of Dreams Fall 2015 Personal Reflection # 1 Dreams and You Your paper must touch upon the listed outline below and must be typed (double-spaced, 12-point font, 1-inch margins). Try to describe the dream using the given outline; analysis of the dream is NOT required. Your reflection must be at least 4 pages in length but no more than 6 pages. Describe one of your own dreams or if that feels too invasive (if you can) describe a dream of a friend, relative, etc. Work the dream. Think about its meaning. Play with it. Let it play with you. Muse about its presence in your life. Later as you do the readings for class and listen to class presentations you will go back and reflect on the dream in your FINAL paper.