This course is designed to provide the science of stress from the viewpoint of psychophysiology: from the history of the field and its major advances, to the latest research on topics. Several relaxation techniques are also demonstrated during the class.
The main goals of this course are to acquaint you with the field of stress science and utilize stress management to your own everyday life.
Upon completion of this this course, students will:
1) become familiar with the various facts of the field of stress science.
2) be able to think critically stress science.
3) utilize knowledges of stress science and stress management to everyday life.
stress, health psychology, relaxation, stress management
|Specialist skills||✔ Intercultural skills||✔ Communication skills||Critical thinking skills||✔ Practical and/or problem-solving skills|
Each theme is dealt with over one or two classes. Lectures, small group discussion, videos and other means combined in every class.
|Course schedule||Required learning|
|Class 1||Introduction and Overview of Course|
|Class 2||What is stress?||State the definition of stress.|
|Class 3||Stress theory1： Selye’s theory||Explain the Selye’s theory of stress.|
|Class 4||Stress theory2： Lazarus’ theory||Explain the Lazarus’ theory of stress.|
|Class 5||What factors lead to stressful appraisals? 1 :personal factors||Explain the personal factors lead to stressful appraisal.|
|Class 6||What factors lead to stressful appraisals? 2:situational factors||Explain the situational factors lead to stressful appraisal.|
|Class 7||What is coping?||State the definition of coping and explain the coping style.|
|Class 8||Biopsychosocial reactions to stress1: biological aspects of stress||Explain the biological stress response.|
|Class 9||Biopsychosocial reactions to stress2: psychosocial aspects of stress||Explain the psychosocial stress response.|
|Class 10||Stress and illness||Explain the relationship between stress and illness.|
|Class 11||Reducing the potential for stress||Explain the function of social support.|
|Class 12||Stress control: relaxation method||Explain the relaxation method.|
|Class 13||Basic knowledge of trauma care1: What is posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)?||Explain the evidence-based treatments for PTSD.|
|Class 14||Basic knowledge of trauma care2: evidence-based treatments for PTSD||Explain the evidence-based treatments for PTSD.|
|Class 15||Resilience||Explain the component of resilience|
R.S. Lazarus& S. Folkman, Stress, Appraisal, and Coping, New York: Springer, ISBN-13 978-0826141910 (English)
Course materials are posted on OCW-i and/or provided during the classes.
Each student writes a worksheet at every class. Two short reports and a final exam will be given.
Assessment will be based on: “worksheet” written in every classes (30 points in total: 2 points daily), two short report (20 points in total: 10 points for each) and final exam (50 points). In case less than 9 worksheets are submitted, grade will be “falling”.
Prospective students should be familiar with various facts of the field of psychology. Students are desired to complete “Psychology A” or “Psychology B” or have equivalent knowledge.
When the number of applicants exceeds the quota, it will be limited. To manage the number of applicants, students are required to attend the first class.
Students are expected to contribute to the research community by participating firsthand in the research process. All students enrolled in this course are expected to participate in psychological experiment. The purpose of this requirement is to give you a better understanding of what research process is. Extra points will be added to assessment for your participation. You have also the right not to participate in experiments. If you prefer not to take part in the research experiment, you may complete an alternative assignment, to write a report about a designated book.