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Kinesiology & Health Science
KINE 4710
Lucia Gagliese

Faculty of Health School of Kinesiology and Health Science Course: KINE 4710 – Psychology of Health and Chronic Disease Term: Winter 2013 Course Instructor Dr. Lucia Gagliese Bethune 367 [email protected] Office Hour: by appointment Time and Location Section M Section N Time: Tuesday, Thursday 10:00 am Time: Tuesday, Thursday 11:30 am Location: ACW303 Location: SC218 Section O Section P Time: Tuesday, Thursday 2:30 pm Time: Tuesday, Thursday 8:30 am Location: CC106 Location: ACW303 Expanded Course Description Organization: This is a blended learning course which involves a combination of online instruction/materials and interactive in-class lectures led by the instructor. The course includes required readings, websites, videos, lectures (both online and in person), and online and in-class discussions. The required readings and online materials are central to the course. The in-class lectures and discussions will serve to enrich, clarify, and illustrate crucial issues from the online materials. Objective: The primary objective of this course is to explore the role of psychological factors in the experience of health and chronic illness. We will examine the need for a biopsychosocial model in order to adequately understand the complex nature of these phenomena. The course will have a strong emphasis on the evaluation of various research methodologies. We will cover fundamental topics in the area such as the role of personality and health-related beliefs in illness, the social context of illness, adjustment at various life stages, and the role of psychotherapy in disease management. We also will examine several disorders in depth including cancer and chronic pain. Specific learning objectives include: o Critically examining the biopsychosocial model of health and chronic disease o Learning the strengths and weaknesses of various research strategies and how these apply to the interpretation of study findings o Applying critical thinking to online media depictions of health research and 1 alternative/complementary medicine o Develop ability to discuss and write about health psychology and research Evaluation * 1) Assignment 1 Due by Feb 7 25% 2) Take home midterm Due by March 14 25% 3) Midterm Test April 4 35% 4) Participation 15% Grading, Assignment Submission, Lateness Penalties and Missed Tests Grading: The grading scheme for the course conforms to the 9-point grading system used in undergraduate programs at York (e.g., A+ = 9, A = 8, B+ - 7, C+ = 5, etc.). Assignments and tests will bear either a letter grade designation or a corresponding number grade (e.g. A+ = 90 to 100, A = 80 to 90, B+ = 75 to 79, etc.) (For a full description of York grading system see the York University Undergraduate Calendar - Assignment Submission: Proper academic performance depends on students doing their work not only well, but on time. Accordingly, assignments for this course must be received on the due date specified for the assignment. Assignments (hard copies) are to be handed in to the KINE Undergraduate Office before 4:00pm on the above dates. Lateness Penalty: Assignments received later than the due date will be penaliz.d Exceptions to the lateness penalty for valid reasons such as illness, compassionate grounds, etc., may be entertained by the Course Instructor but will require supporting documentation (e.g., a doctor’s letter). Missed Tests: Students with a documented reason for missing a course test or assignment due date, such as illness, compassionate grounds, etc., which is confirmed by supporting documentation (e.g., doctor’s letter) may request accommodation from the Course Instructor. Further extensions or accommodation will require students to submit a formal petition to the Faculty. IMPORTANT COURSE INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS All students are expected to familiarize themselves with the following infor
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