PSY 101 Introductory Psychology
Instructor: Vincent W. Hevern, S.J., Ph.D.
|Book Report: General Instructions||You will prepare a critical review of a book which deals with psychology or has psychology as a principal theme. This book should be chosen from among those listed at this link (or you should ask permission to use another book). This will be worth 10% of your grade. The review should run between 3 and 8 pages, typewritten and double-spaced. (If your book is a novel or story, go to the description below).|
For nonfiction books, your review must include the following elements:
Style. I will want to know whether you liked or didn't like the book and why. You should adopt a formal and measured tone in reviewing. You should not be too colloquial, shout, become excessively emotional, or lose sight of your audience: me and others like me as educated readers. Good grammar, care in spelling, and orderly progression of critical thinking and reasoning will be important positive criteria in evaluating your report. This is both an exercise in critical thinking and in writing. I want to see that you can think and that you can express those thoughts well.
Your name and the complete book reference must be included at the top of the first page. The top of your first page would look something like this:
Your last name or a few words from the book's title as well as the page number must be included in the top margin of pages 2 and following. It should look like this:
|Book Report: Novels & Fictional Writing||
Students in the past have asked if they can choose to review a novel or a piece of fiction for this exercise. I have said "yes", but if you want to review a work of fiction, you should understand how your review must be written if it is to fulfill the purpose of this assignment.
The novel or work of
fiction must illustrate some important point or
issue that psychology has researched. That issue
must be central to the book's overall
theme or purpose. For example, Sylvia Plath's
harrowing (semi-autobiographical) novel, The
Bell Jar, describes a young woman's
descent into depression and madness. Mark Haddon's
brilliant new short novel, The Curious Incident
of the Dog in the Night-Time, is written
from the perspective of an autistic teenager in
England and tells the story of his search for the
solution to a murder; his autism, however, is crucial
to how the story is told. Note that not every book has
a compelling psychological focus and I may not agree
to your reviewing a book which doesn't. Although I
enjoy science fiction as a reader myself, I will not
accept any Sci-Fi novels for this assignment.
Reviewing a book of fiction for this assignment must achieve the following goals:
|Not for Review||
There are some books, authors, and genres which, for one reason or another, I would prefer that you NOT choose to review since they would not fulfill the objectives of this assignment. These days I would not generally approve the following:
Of course, I am always willing to listen to and discuss with you your suggestion(s) as well as my concern for this assignment.
|Deadlines||Mon, Sep 17: The title and author of the
book you are reviewing must be submitted to me on a
typed single sheet of paper. I will tell you if I have
any objection to the book you have chosen.
Mon, Nov 19: Your final report is due by the end of the day at my office. You must hand in both a hard copy in printed form AND an electronic file version which should be sent to me as an email attachment to my email address: hevern @ lemoyne.edu [remove the spaces before and after the @ sign]. I may submit your final version to TurnItIn.com or a similar site to encourage your originality in writing (and discourage plagiarism). Book reports will be returned to you at your 3rd (Final) exam
|This page was first posted 01/12/04|