HD 1156

HD 1156

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2022-2023.

Why do people forget? Is forgetting the opposite of remembering? Is it a blessing or curse? By addressing these questions, this course will explore remembering and forgetting processes. By using texts from cultural, social, and cognitive psychology, we will examine human memory at the individual and collective levels. How do people remember and forget the past of themselves and their society? Are there any links from individual to collective memory? By the end of the course, students will be familiar with basic concepts of human memory and their implications in daily life. In exploring themes related to human memory, students will write personal reflection, opinion, and explanatory essays.

When Offered Fall.

Comments For Human Ecology and Brooks School students this course will not count toward the 43 HE credits.

  • I am planning to assign reflection, opinion, and explanatory essays to students. They will write different response papers in line with the themes of the assigned readings. They will also participate in class discussions and articulate new questions based on their understanding of the main concepts of human memory. In addition, they will learn how to make close reading. Together, these activities will make writing integral to the study of my subject.
  • Using the variety of texts can help students to learn different styles of writing and practice some of them. For example, "Seven Sins of Memory" by Daniel Schacter can be the main text that I can use. I think this book would be helpful for general audience to learn basic concepts of human memory. Based on the essays in this book, students can write reflection papers and articulate critical arguments about human memory.

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Syllabi: none
  •   FWS Session. 

  • 3 Credits Graded

  • 19592 HD 1156   SEM 101

  • Instruction Mode: In Person
    For more information about First-Year Writing Seminars, see the Knight Institute website at http://knight.as.cornell.edu/.