Loyola University Maryland

First-Year Programs

Self and Other Course Pairing

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Understanding Self, Understanding Other (PY101.01S)

Course Description

People are puzzles.  Fascinating puzzles.  In psychology, we apply a scientific perspective to the study of the brain, mind, and behavior in an attempt to better understand the human experience.  Research in psychology provides a window into our own everyday experiences (e.g., how does memory work?  How does stress or sleep deprivation affect both our mental health and our physical well-being?) and enables us to better understand our diversities and our social interactions (e.g., What promotes aggression or helping behaviors? What is the role of personality?).  We are forever trying to piece together the puzzle of the human experience, drawing from numerous theoretical perspectives (e.g., How do our biologically-based pre-dispositions and our social environment predict human thought, behavior, and emotion?)  This course introduces you to the broad scope of psychology, linking the many subfields with primary commonalities, respecting the diversity and complexity of the human experience.

Faculty Biography

Theresa DiDonato is an assistant professor and social psychologist in the Psychology Department at Loyola.  She received her Ph.D. in experimental psychology from Brown University and her research focuses on the intersection of self and other, with a primary focus on the study of romantic relationships.  She is the author of Meet, Catch, and Keep, a blog for Psychology Today, http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/meet-catch-and-keep  

Law & The City: Politics, Planning and Justice (LW103D.01S)

Course Description

The growth and development of cities involves the construction and deconstruction of the identities of “self” and “other.”  These include physical constructions, such as public transit systems, school districts and industrial development zones, as well as socio-cultural constructions, such as neighborhood affiliations and policing strategies.  The law can be used to strengthen--as well as dismantle--these physical and cultural divides between the self and other. In addition to understanding the various laws and legal theories at the heart of urban development, this course will encourage students to think critically about urban development, and engage directly with many of these issues as active citizens of Baltimore and cities beyond.

Faculty Biography

Elizabeth J. Kennedy, J.D. is an Assistant Professor of Law & Social Responsibility.  She received her law degree from the University of California, Berkeley.  Her research focuses primarily on the evolution and application of legal protections for workers in an increasingly global and decentralized American workplace.  Prior to arriving at Loyola, she practiced law with the New York firm Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP, specializing in corporate finance, and served as labor and employment counsel to the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. Adriana Mason

Mentor Biography

Adriana Mason, Associate Director in the Office of Academic Affairs for Varsity Athletics, is currently in her 10th year at Loyola. She has worked with 10 athletics teams throughout her years as well as taught FE 100. She is originally from Baltimore and received her undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and her master’s degree at Temple University.