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Course Descriptions
The list of courses and corresponding credit hours that appear below is not exhaustive and is subject to change. Sufficient notice will be given to students of any such modifications.
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School of Counseling Psychology and Social Welfare
Introduction to Psychology
3credit (Spring&Fall)
In this class, students will study a range of interesting psychological topics (e.g., memory, pain, emotion, development, hunger, mental disorders, therapy) as well as the methods and theories of psychology. Further, we will see that psychology is primarily a scientific study of human behavior and we will see the human behavior is incredibly complex. The course emphasizes a biblical perspective on being human (BPSS approach) and we will compare that to major psychological theories.
Theory & Practice of Counseling
3credit (Fall)
This course provides an introduction to contemporary counseling and psychotherapy theories. Understanding orientations, concepts, and components of fundamental counseling theories is crucial for students who want to learn counseling and psychotherapy. Students also will explore intervention skills and strategies from different theories and will have chances to practice them.
Abnormal Psychology
3credit (Spring)
This course explores the scientific bases and human dimensions of abnormal psychology. Abnormal psychology is the study of the features, causes, and treatments of psychological disorders. Through the course, students will learn about the people experiencing different types of psychological disorders that affect their every day lives. By learning and understanding the nature and origin of these disorders, students will find ways of helping people who face the many challenges from the disorders.


Personality Psychology
3credit (Spring)
This course is designed for undergraduate students as an introductory course in personality theories. Personality psychology is an area of psychology, which seeks to understand human nature, struggle, suffering, change, and growth. This course overviews major theorists, theories, and practices of various personality theories. This foundational course will prepare students for counseling practice and provide a basis for further studies in the area of counseling psychology.


Developmental Psychology
3credit (Fall)
This course is designed for undergraduate students as an introductory course in lifespan development. Developmental psychology, often called lifespan development recently, is the field of study that examines patterns of growth, change, and stability in behavior that occur throughout the entire life span. In studying growth, change, and stability, lifespan development 1) takes a scientific approach by applying scientific research methods, 2) focuses on human development (rather than nonhuman species), 3) considers stability in people's lives (in which areas, in what periods, people show change and growth, and when and how their behavior reveals consistency and continuity with prior behavior), and 4) assumes that the process of development persists throughout every part of people's lives, beginning with the moment of conception and continuing until death. Throughout semester, students will learn a comprehensive process of physical, cognitive, social, and personality development, which can be a foundation for further studies in developmental psychology and counseling/clinical practice in the future.
Psychology of Cognition
3credit (Fall)
This course provides a basic exploration of human cognition, focusing on both classic and current issues. Topics will include attention, perception, multiple memory systems, encoding and retrieval processes, the role of knowledge, language, and reasoning. Given the wide variety of topics in cognitive psychology, major objective for this course is to help you understand those topics and to enhance your ability to think critically and scientifically about cognitive problems so that you can try to generate effective solutions for yourself.
Social Problems
3credit (Spring)
This course covers theoretical approaches to social problems and various social problems in the world, particularly South Korea. We will learn about several problems such as global issues, inequality, urban problems, institutional problems, and deviant behaviors. In addition, we will discuss potential solutions for the social problems.
Social Welfare History
3credit (Fall)
This course will cover various aspects of welfare state, that is, welfare state characteristics and its origins, welfare state development history, theories on welfare state development, welfare state typology, criticism and response of welfare state. Also, student will review welfare state characteristics of highly advanced countries specifically, and develop an eye for analyzing Korean welfare state.
Research Methods for Social Welfare
3credit (Fall)
This course is designed to present basic principles of social science research and the scientific method, and how this knowledge can be used in social work practice. An analytical approach will be emphasized for knowledge building in social work and for professional practice. Students will be taught how to appraise past research (consumer role) and how to use research to evaluate their own practice.
Family Counseling
3credit (Spring)
This course provides an overview of family counseling (a.k.a. marriage and family therapy; MFT). This course will review the history of family therapy development and the major leaders in the MFT history. Core and unique concepts and terms, as well as traditional and modern theoretical models in MFT will be taught in this course.
Social Welfare Policy
3credit (Spring)
This course is designed to enable students to increase their understanding of social welfare policy and to analyze social welfare policy in Korea. An analytic framework will be presented to assist students in assessing social welfare policies. Students will analyze existing social welfare policies and programs or propose new social welfare policies and programs for the team project.
Child Welfare
3credit (Fall)
This course is designed to enabled students to build upon their knowledge of child welfare policy and services and apply the knowledge to the needs of children and their families. Students also have the opportunity to discuss the various issues in the lens of Convention on the Rights of Child. The instructor would apply flipped-learning methods. Classes will consist of lecture, discussion, activities/exercises, readings, video segments, and presentations. 
Research Design and Methods
3credit (Fall)
Research Methods is a critical thinking skills class in which the main goal is to help you become a bett er consumer of information—both in psychology and in the real world. You will learn how to systematically evaluate the validity of different claims that you might encounter in a future psychology textbook, in a psychology research article, in the media, or in casual conversation. This class will also teach you how to plan psychological research that can test different claims. You will learn to articulate the pros and cons of different research choices and plan research that optimizes these pros and cons.
Career Counseling
3credit (Fall)
This course provides the study of career development theories and the application of theoretical propositions to career interventions. The course will emphasize the practical application of career development concepts for diverse client populations across the lifespan, so we can assist our clients in finding a sense of meaning and empowerment through the world of work.
3credit (Fall)
 This course is designed for students who have completed Introductory Psychology. I assume you are already familiar with major brain structures, research methods, human development, and psychological disorders. We will learn about how the brain’s structures and functions influence everyday life (e.g., eating, sleeping, pain, emotions, memory), and how our brain responds to disease, disorders, and injury. We'll consider both evolutionary and biblical perspectives.
Psychological Seminar
3credit (Fall)
This course provides a systemic understanding of human sex and sexuality. Throughout the semester students will learn sexual development and reproduction and also discuss historical, biological, psychological, and cultural influences on human sexuality and its expression.
Social Welfare Administration
3credit (Fall)
This course draws on materials from management and human relations, especially from the social work arena. It integrates basic principles, concepts, and processes from management with relationships and skills among executives and staff. The human relations focus is emphasized in particular in the administrative process.


Program Development and Evaluation for Social Welfare
3credit (Spring)
This course is designed to provide a knowledge base of the key concepts of the Logic Model, need assessment, program evaluation, and program performance in various social service fields. In this course a Logic Model will be used as a powerful tool for program planning through evaluation.
Statistics in Social Welfare
3credit (Spring)
Since the evidence-based practice is a key principle in social welfare practice, the knowledge and skills related to statistics and research is important to become a competent social welfare practitioner. For this, this course covers from understanding the basic concepts of statistics to writing statistical analysis result. Thus, students will enhance their capacity related to not only understanding academic papers, but also writing papers.
Psychology of Learning
3credit (Unconfirmed)
This course introduces students to investigations of learning and behavior in human and nonhuman animals, including fundamental principles and findings of classical, instrumental, cognitive, and social learning. Learning investigations, theories and their historical antecedents will be covered. We will also discuss the foundations of learning research, contemporary advances in humans learning and every day applications for learning perspectives. Emphasis will be given to the development of ideas and potential applications in a variety of fields of psychology.


Children & Adolescents Counseling
3credit (Unconfirmed)
Child and adolescent psychological problems and disorders have interested mental health professionals for some time; however, it is only in recent years that this interest has reached a larger audience. In this course, we will learn what abnormal child or adolescent behaviors are, how we distinguish between normal or abnormal behavior, and how we can be certain that a behavior is not part of normal development among child and adolescents.
Psychological Statistics
3credit (Unconfirmed)
In this course you should gain the following: 1. The ability to understand and explain to others the statistical analyses in reports of psychological research. 2. A preparation for more advanced courses in statistical methods. 3. The ability to identify the appropriate statistical procedure for many basic research situations and to carry out the necessary computations. 4. Further development of your quantitative and analytic thinking skills.
Counseling Practicum 1 (LAB)
3credit (Unconfirmed)
The course is designed to equip students as an effective counsellor, who is sensitive to ethical issues and multicultural issues in counselling.
Psychological Testing
3credit (Unconfirmed)
This course is designed to help students:
Apply psychometric concepts to assess the effectiveness of a psychological test.Become familiar with how and why people use psychological tests in a variety of settings for diverse purposes.
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