Course approved by Faculty Senate.


1/10/01 [Resubmitted with requested additions/changes 3/1/01 and 4/2/01]

To: University Studies Subcommittee

From: Tim Hatfield Counselor Education

Re: Approval of CE 220, Emotions and Behavior

For University Studies, Contemporary Citizenship (3 S.H.)

University Studies Course Approval


Counselor Education Department

CE Course Number: 220

Semester Hours: 3 SH

Frequency of offering: Every semester

Course Title: Emotions and Behavior

Catalog Description: 220- Emotions and Behavior -3 S.H.

An exploration of human emotions and their effects on an individual's behavior. A range of topics will be discussed: Childhood and family. Gender roles, stress, communication, relationships, depression, addictions, loss, values and life's meaning. Emphasis will be placed on self-awareness: and choosing healthy expression of feelings. Fulfills the University Studies Contemporary Citizenship requirement. [*Revised from 2000/2002 catalog]

YES, this is an existing course previously approved by A2C2.

NO, this is not a new course proposal.

University Studies Approval is requested for 3 S.H. In the following category: Contemporary Citizenship OR Democratic Institutions (3 5.11.)

How CE 220 Meets the Requisite Contemporary Citizenship Outcomes:

a. use critical thinking to analyze contemporary issues:

Critical thinking and analysis of personal and interpersonal issues are daily occurrences in this course. Class members also are required to meet outside of class for similar, more in-depth discussions. In addition, one example of requisite critical thinking for a course assignment is the personal philosophy paper, in which personal attitudes and beliefs, as informed and focused by course readings and interactive work, are presented coherently.

b. demonstrate effective oral and/or written communication of ideas, informed opinions, and/or values:

The course requires four papers and one group presentation on a socially relevant issue. During each class period, informed opinions and values.


c. identify, find, and use tools of information science related to contemporary issues:

The course instru4tor facilitates the use of email for communication among class members and encourages the use of the internet as a resource for course requirements.

d. demonstrate the ability to work effectively independently and/or in collaborative problem-solving groups:

Students are required to work collaboratively on daily group assignments, group tests, and a group presentation that requires meetings of working groups both during regularly scheduled class periods as well as outside of class.

e. identify principles and applications of personal, civic, and/or economic responsibility; understand personal responsibility for lifestyle choices:

All of the topics 4iscussed in this course are designed to promote students' thinking critically and divergently about themselves individually and in relationship to others. The course is designed to promote the exploration of having choices in daily decisions, long-term personal and relational issues, and broader cultural issues and roles. Consideration of multiple perspectives (e.g., race, culture, religion, gender, sexual orientation, etc.) is a core focus of this course, challenging students to explore their thoughts, feelings, and actions so as to be more personally and socially responsible

f. participate actively (e.g., class discussion, volunteerism, etc.) in issues significant to citizenship in contemporary society:

As cited above, class discussions about responsible roles of citizens in global society are ongoing in this course One explicit course option relates to involvement in local volunteerism, and each semester a significant proportion of the students choose this opportunity.

Course Syllabus:

Emotions and Behavior: WSU CE 220

[*Meets the University Studies "Contemporary Citizenship" requirements]







Required Text: Corey, 0., & Corey, M.S. (2001). I never knew I had a choice (Most recent rove, Pacific grove, CA: Brooks/Cole.


Course Description: An exploration of human emotions and their effects on an individual's behavior. A range of topics will be discussed: Childhood and family, gender roles, stress, communication, relationships, depression, addictions, loss, values and life's meaning. Emphasis will be placed on elf-awareness and choosing healthy expression of feelings. All of the Contemporary ci4zenship learning outcomes are met in the course [a. critical thinking; b. oral and written communication; C. use of information science; d. effective work in collaborative groups; e. personal/civic/economic responsibility and responsibility for lifestyle choices; f. active learning].

Course Goals and Objectives: Upon completion of course, student will be better able: bulletTo develop an increased awareness of self in relation to the rest of the world bulletUnderstand and respect others' feelings and their behavior tat stem from those feelings bulletExplore alternatives to previous behaviors that have interfered with a healthy lifestyle bulletEstablish priorities and develop plans that will increase their own sense of worth and life satisfaction.


Course Requirements:

Attendance is required. You are expected to come to each class on time. Points are deducted for each absence. It is your responsibility to inform me of any unavoidable situation that will prevent you from attending classes, handing in assignments or taking tests as scheduled.

Individual and small group participation in class is also expected. In class assignments will be done in small groups and presented informally to the class.

Reading of designated chapters prior to class date.

Completion of in-class exercises.

Completion of four personal reaction papers (see attached sheet).

Completion of one personal growth activity (see attached sheet).

A group presentation or debate given to the class (see attached sheet).

Completion of three exams (non-cumulative). The exams will consist of multiple choice, short answer, and essay questions. Questions will cover the text, lectures, videos, and other materials covered in class.

Grading: A total of 500 points can be earned in this course (450=A, 400=B, 350=C)

Exams (3) 30% 150 points (50 points each)

Reaction Paper (4) 20% 100 points (25 points each)

Personal Growth Activity 10% 50 points

Group Presentation/Debate 15% 75 points

Attendance & Participation 20% 100 points

Evaluation Points by Discussion GP. 5% 25 points


For those who choose to withdraw must do so by the official withdraw date or receive an F in this class.

If you have any disabilities or learning differences that interfere with successful completion of or participation in any course activity. please let me know and I will work with you to adapt assignments and or tests to assist you. Information shared will be strictly confidential.

Emotions and Behavior: WSU CE 220


Personal Reaction Papers

[Contemporary Citizenship outcomes a, b, C]

Personal reaction papers should be 2-3 pages in length (typed, double spaced). Each paper should be written in the first person (using 'I', not 'you') and should reflect your personal reactions to the topic. This may include your values, beliefs, and feelings. thoughts, wishes, attitudes, desired,' growth level and growth plans, etc. You will be graded on content and grammar/spelling.

Paper #1: Personal Growth

What would you like to improve, resolve or change about yourself and why? What needs to be done to take action? What risks, benefits, skills or behaviors are involved? What feelings or emotions are associated with making this change? Is the desired change healthy? What will help you follow through on this change? What could prevent you from making the desired change? What would be the ideal outcome?


Paper #2 Stress

What stresses you out? How do you handle it? How would you like to handle it?

What would be most helpful to you when handling stress? Are there factors that ma r stress more difficult for you to handle? What do you need to maintain your personal well being during this stress? Give examples.

Paper #3 Love

What is love to you? Why is it important? How do you know when you are in t? What does it feel like for you? What can you do to make love stay.

or [do not write a paper on ..... you choose which you would prefer to write on.)



What does loss mean to you? What losses have you experienced in your life? What does loss feel like to you? Why is losing someone or something so difficult? What helps you to cope with a loss? Row do you grieve? What is significance of the grieving process to you? Give examples.

Paper #4 Philosophy of Life


Describe your philosophy of life. A philosophy of life incorporates the beliefs,

attitudes, and values that govern your life, influence your behavior, and give meaning to you. An outline in your text (pages 413415) may assist you in pinpointing topics you may wish to discuss in your paper.

Emotions and Behavior: .WSU CE 220

Group Presentation/Debates

[Contemporary Citizenship outcomes a, b, C, d, e, f]

Each group will be required to choose a topic related to the content of this class and either give a presentation to the class on the topic or hold a debate on the topic for the class. The group may choose the topic, the presentation approach (lecture, skits, debate, class activities.), and the content of the presentation. The topic of the presentation, along with the objective of the presentation is td be submitted (a form will be provided) by the due date listed on your syllabus

All members of the group must be involved in the presentation.

Creativity and involvement of the class is recommended.

The presentation/debate shall not exceed 30 minutes in length..

Following presentations, the class will have time for questions and discussion.


Possible topics include but are not limited to: gender roles, sex and advertising, humor, ethics, euthanasia, HIV/AIDS. sexually transmitted diseases. diversity, date/acquaintance rape, sexual development, pregnancy, culture and sexuality. spirituality, sexual orientation, domestic violence, homophobia, aging and society, violence, abstinence, non-traditional family. These are only suggestions. Be creative. Any topic chosen must be integrated with the topics covered in this course.

Emotions and Behavior: WSU CE 220

Personal Growth Activity

[Contemporary Citizenship Outcomes a, b, e, f]

The personal growth activity involves transferring learning to life, requires honesty and action, and includes personal risk-taking. Choose something that is meaningful and important to you, makes sense to you, and is at the edge of your growth. Complete a contract (a form will be provided) documenting your activity.

Activities to consider include:

1. Individual Counseling: Participate in a minimum of 4,1 hour, counseling sessions with an individual Practicum student from the Counselor Education graduate program. This will give you an opportunity to work with a counselor on personal issues related to the context of this course. You mast have a concrete issue you are willing to work on! Hand in: a two-page personal growth paper relative to the counseling process. Include what counseling was like for you, what worked, what didn't what you liked, what you didn't like, what you learned about yourself. You are not required to discuss your issue within the paper.

2. Personal: Growth Journal: Keep a personal growth journal for the duration of this course the journal must discuss your emotions and behaviors relative to significant events in your life during the duration of the course along with growth implications (inhibitor or facilitator of healthy growth). Self-disclosure, honesty, and self-exploration must be key aspects of the journal. Hand in: Your journal and a one page paper on the value (or lack) of journaling from your perspective.

3. Personal Growth Histogram: Graph your personal life growth experiences. Note by age, as fir back as you can remember, your significant personal growth experiences relative to the context of this class. For each growth incident indicate feelings and behavior you recall associated with the experience, what you learned, how specific attitude(s), or meaning(s) were influenced by the experience, whether it was an inhibitor or facilitator to healthy growth. Hand in: your histogram and a one page paper discussing the impact of creating the histogram on your personally and what you learned about yourself.


4. Personal "Course Impact" Journal: Journal your personal relations, learning, and growth
resulting from taking this course. Include the impact of the text, class lectures and exercises,

small group activities, assignments, other class members (no names), and your participation
throughout. This journal must be maintained throughout the course, with an entry for each class

and for each assignment. Conclude with an overall assessment of the value of the course for you
personally. Hand in: your journal which includes the overall assessment.




5. Volunteering: Volunteer at least 10 hours at a non-profit organization. Write a 2 page paper
describing the impact and value of your experience relating to text, information, and class
discussion. Provide documentation from agency on volunteer hours.


Emotions and Behavior: WSU CE 220

Counseling Sessions Option


The individual Counseling sessions provided for you as pat of this class will give you an opportunity to explore with a counselor any personal concerns or issues that you may have at this time. Through the class sessions, your readings, and your own reflection, it will be important for you to determine what you want to explore, understand, change, or improve in your life. Sharing your feelings and beginning to deal with the important issues in your life can be frightening for some people but will help you to begin to move in directions that are freely chosen, satisfying. and healthy for you. The process of doing this work with your counselor will give you the opportunity to take care of "unfinished business" in your life and to try out new skills and behaviors.


You will be contacted by a graduate student who is nearing completion of a master's degree in counseling.

Name: phone.

Email Address

Career Goal(s):


Days and Times Available

For Appointment: Day Hours Available Night Hours Available