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PSY 375. Psychology of Altruism, Helping, and Holocaust Rescue

Credits: 3
Department: Psychology
Description: Definitions and theories of altruism and helping. Topics of altruistic personality, situational determinants, racism/ethnocentrism, emotions, social norms, genetics, development, help seeking, and responses to aid. Case histories of helping, and altruistic behavior during the Holocaust of World War II.
Prerequisites: PSY 115
Semester Offered: Fall
Grading Method: ABCDF

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Differentiate among various psychological motivations for helping behavior.
2. Examine the life and actions of an individual Holocaust rescuer and conduct a psychological motivational analysis.
3. Analyze the impact of anti-Semitism on the motivations and behaviors of rescuers and bystanders.

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