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UB Undergraduate Academic Schedule: Winter 2023

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PSY 198SEM - Ub Seminar-Empathizing With Empathy
Ub Seminar-Empathizing With Empathy 1 Enrollment Information (not real time - data refreshed nightly)
Class #:   10330   Enrollment Capacity:   28
Section:   1   Enrollment Total:   3
Credits:   1.00 credits   Seats Available:   25
Dates:   01/04/2023 - 01/24/2023   Status:   OPEN
Days, Time:   TBA , TBA
Room:   Remote view map
Location:   Remote      
Why do we cringe away from the pain of others? Why does it make us uncomfortable to see others uncomfortable? What motivates us to act, often against our own best interest, to help our friends, family, or strangers? For many, trying to understand and alleviate the pain of others is a way of life, but what might contribute to a behavior that, on the surface, appears to bring more pain than pleasure? This course will investigate the causes, consequences, uses, and presentation of empathy in our daily lives, with a particular emphasis on the relationship between empathy and prosocial behavior. The class will take a multi-method approach, incorporating research, literature, and media perspectives on the expression and uses of empathy. Students will be asked to evaluate examples of empathy from their daily lives and in an academic environment in an attempt to understand the causes, and potential applications, of empathy.
Enrollment Requirements
Prerequisites: Students who have already successfully completed the UB seminar course may not repeat this course. If you have any questions regarding enrollment for this course, please contact your academic advisor.
  Course Description
The one credit UB Seminar is focused on a big idea or challenging issue to engage students with questions of significance in a field of study and, ultimately, to connect their studies with issues of consequence in the wider world. Essential to the UB Curriculum, the Seminar helps transition to UB through an early connection to UB faculty and the undergraduate experience at a comprehensive, research university. This course is equivalent to any 198 offered in any subject. This course is a controlled enrollment (impacted) course. Students who have previously attempted the course and received a grade of F or R may not be able to repeat the course during the fall or spring semester.
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