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1 Proposal: number 174

174. PSYCH 103: Pleasure and Pain

This is a new course

Contact:Richard Bodnar
Abstract:This course will introduce students to the psychological, philosophical,
biological, neurochemical, sociological and evolutionary facts, principles, and
theories underlying the concepts of Pleasure and Pain. This course is being
co-taught and organized by the Provost (James Stellar) and Dean of Research and
Graduate Studies (Richard Bodnar). The course format is designed so that there
will be no pre-requisities for the course, and the topics will satisfactorily
introduce the student to the material. Topics discussed include Pleasure and
Pain as a Philosophical concept (hedonism theories of Jeremy Bentham taught by
President James Muyskens), the sensory characteristics of pleasure and pain,
the neurobiological systems controlling pleasure and pain, the pharmacological
substrates of pleasure and pain, the pharmacology and neurobiology of pain
inhibition, the pharmacology and neurobiology of addiction, the translational
implications of pleasure and pain including psychopathological and neurological
disorders and their treatment. The wider examination of pleasure and pain will
be considered from anthropological (evolutionary), sociological and economic
views, and may include our understanding of these principles from literary,
media and other perspectives. Throughout the course, comparisons are made
between classic and current theories and empirical data.

Submissions and Approvals

Course Date Requirement Action By Whom Notes
PSYCH 103 2010-10-30 NS Submitted Dept
PSYCH 103 2010-12-08 NS Approved GEAC
PSYCH 103 2011-02-10 NS Approved UCC
PSYCH 103 2011-03-10 NS Approved Senate