2017 Global Field Course

Our global field course exploring Cross-Cultural Well-Being and Relationships was an amazing experience. We visited Iolani Place (the home of the Hawaiian royal family), a native teacher taught us an ‘Oli (a chant traditionally recited before entering a sacred area of land or before taking things like flowers or fruit from the land), and we participated in a service learning project helping to rebuild the wall of an 800 year old aquaculture site. We also visited the Byodo-in Temple, Waimea Valley, and the Kukaniloko Birthing Stones for a presentation on the history of this sacred site. We also visited Pearl Harbor and toured the Arizona Memorial there. We attended a Luau, and learned about nature on a sunset cruise and snorkeling trip. We learned so much from all of the local guides. What an amazing experience!

PSY 460: Cross Cultural Well-Being and Relationships (O’ahu & Kaua’i)

Global Field Study for Spring 2017
PSY 460: Cross Cultural Well-Being and Relationships
O’ahu and Kaua’i, Hawaii
May 17 – 24, 2017

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Approximate cost: $3600 (Includes airfare, ground transportation, hotel, all breakfasts and some other meals, tours, gratuities, and entrance fees. Tuition included in Spring semester tuition bill. Optional trip to Kaua’i: $440.) Total cost of the trip will be less if more than 10 students enroll.

Seniors graduating in May: because this is a Spring 2017 class it will count toward your graduation requirements!

Please note that there is need based financial aid available to help cover the cost of the trip.

This course is 3 credit hours and will meet the requirement for one of the “Specialized Courses” toward a Psych Major or Minor.

If you are interested please contact Dr. Salters-Pedneault saltersk@easternct.edu for more information.

History of Psychology in Dublin 2016

From June 4 to July 2, 2016, 14 Eastern psychology majors studied History of Psychology at University College Dublin, Ireland, with Assistant Professor of Psychology, Dr. Jenna Scisco. 2016 is an important year for the Republic of Ireland which is celebrating the centennial of the 1916 Easter Rising, a revolutionary event that led to Ireland’s ultimate independence from Britain. Students were immersed in Ireland’s fascinating, yet turbulent, history through a historical walking tour in Dublin’s city center, a visit to the Michael Collins Center in Clonakilty to learn about his critical contributions to the Irish Revolution and Civil War, and a guided tour of Skibbereen Heritage Center to learn about the tragic Great Famine. The students also visited Kerry Wollen Mill to learn about the wool industry in Ireland and toured the beautiful Ring of Kerry on Ireland’s southwest coast. On another course excursion, the students visited Newgrange, an ancient tomb and spiritual site from 3200 BC, and Clonmacnoise, a monastic site settled in 544 AD. Gerald Conlogue, retired Professor of Diagnostic Imaging from Quinnipiac Unviersity, gave a guest lecture on bog bodies which was followed up by a visit to Mongan Bog.

By learning about the Ireland’s history through these site visits and associated readings, the students came to understand why psychology was late in arriving in Ireland relative to the United States, with modern scientific psychology appearing in the 1950s. Each student in the course wrote a biography of a current Irish psychologist and traced their academic lineage. Through this project, they explored how Irish psychologists were influenced by the original founders and schools of thought in psychology. At University College Cork, retired Senior Lecturer Dr. Ronny Swain gave an entertaining last lecture on the history of psychology in Ireland which placed psychology within Ireland’s historical and cultural contexts. The students also had the opportunity to see the Ballinasloe Asylum from the outside, providing a glimpse into Ireland’s past treatment of individuals in these facilities. To wrap up the four weeks in Ireland, students saw The Wake, a play at Abbey Theatre in Dublin, featuring an Irish woman with extreme behavior who ultimately was taken to an asylum to assess her mental health. It was the perfect ending to a successful Global Field Course on the History of Psychology!

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