Loyola University Maryland


Self and Other Course Pairing

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First Encounters and the Literary Imagination (EN101)

In this class, students will learn analytic strategies central to understanding and writing about literature.  Reading assignments, writing prompts, and class conversation will consistently emphasize links between critical reading and written argumentation. Students will develop a critical vocabulary for literary analysis while practicing writing and argumentative skills that will contribute to thoughtful, nuanced arguments about (1) how a piece of literature works and (2) why an argument about literature matters to a broad, non-specialized audience. This is a writing-intensive course, and our goal will be to develop clear, sophisticated arguments that are not only technically precise, but evocative in their scope and ambition.  Through reading, discussion, and writing about poetry, prose, and drama, students will cultivate the creative and analytic habits necessary for producing clear, complex, and coherent arguments.
To this end, our course focuses on representations of “first encounters” in literature and culture. Reading assignments will emphasize “first encounters” between or among races, genders, and populations. In this class, we use reading and writing assignments to explore provocative connections between literature, the human condition, and tenets of cura personalis at Loyola University Maryland. Our theme will remind us throughout the semester of the dynamic between a writer and an audience—an especially important “first encounter” for all writers to keep in mind.

Faculty biography

Dan Mangiavellano is an Assistant Professor of English.  His teaching and research interests include nineteenth-century British poetry; the novels of Jane Austen; and skill-based, writing instruction.

Understanding Self, Understanding Other (PY101)

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 associate 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  

Mentor biography 

Teresa Heath holds her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Salisbury University and her Master of Education in School Counseling from Loyola. After graduating from Loyola in 2012, Teresa relocated to Connecticut and worked at a nonprofit group home for teen girls in crisis. In addition to working full-time as a Resident Manager in the group home, Teresa worked part-time as a Group Facilitator for the nonprofit’s community outreach program. Teresa then moved to Charlottesville, Virginia where she worked as a counselor for middle school students. Upon returning home to Annapolis, Maryland in the summer of 2015, Teresa joined the Messina department as a program coordinator.

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