This page was last updated:
August 25, 2022
Vincent W. Hevern, S.J., Ph.D.
MWF 2:30-3:20 PM GH 404
You can also make an appointment for another day/time OR we can meet via Zoom. Send me an email to arrange either of these options.
addition to various readings which I will assign during
the course, we will also read and discuss this text:
McAdams, Dan P. (2015). The Art and Science of Personality Development. New York, NY: Guilford Press.
students who cannot get their own copy of the book, a
copy of this text will be on reserve for reading in the
Catalog Course Description
|Employing a pro-seminar format, we will
explore how stories and story construction serve as an
increasingly influential and integrating paradigm by which
to understand human behavior. We will look at the
historical and conceptual foundations of the narrative
perspective and compare this approach with more
traditional models of human psychological functioning. We
will pay particular attention to autobiographical memory,
self-narrative and identity development in the
contemporary world as well as narrative approaches to
psychotherapy and health care as examples of the
perspective’s score. We will consider recent advances in
narrative research methodologies, particularly those
qualitative approaches which focus upon interview and
other autobiographical sources of data. Students will be
expected to prepare an individual presentation on a topic
of their choosing and personal interest. Prerequisites:
PSY 101 or permission of the instructor. Limited to
juniors and seniors.
"pro-seminar" the course is divided into five general
parts, each of which build upon the previous one(s).
These parts include
||At the end of this
Class Attendance and Absence
You are expected to attend all classes in this course. Attendance in seminar-format courses constitutes an academic requirement. Because of different circumstances and demands on time, however, students are permitted to be absent for up to 5 classes without academic penalty. Absences in excess of 5 classes (without a serious and compelling reason in the eyes of the instructors) may result in a loss of up to one grade level from the student's course grade for each class missed (e.g., B+ becomes a B). Examples of a serious & compelling reason for additional absences would be a documented visit to a physician's office or participation at a funeral. If you are absent from school to attend a funeral, you must file a notice with either the Dean's Office or the Campus Ministry Office.
I do not make a distinction between "excused" and "unexcused" absences (see below for student athlete exception).Permitted absence from class does not excuse a student from any assignments given in that class nor from the responsibility to learn all materials covered or discussed in the missed class. You should also be sure to maintain your reading assignments concurrently with the class for which such assignments are due.
|Student Athletes and Absence||Students representing Le Moyne College as members of interscholastic sports teams will not be penalized for missing classes in excess of the 5-cut limit (team activities do count toward that limit, but not for the attendance extra credit below). This means, for example, that student athletes cannot miss 9 classes because they have 4 game/travel dates and an additional 5 cuts on top of those missed classes. However, you must document your absence(s) formally. I will expect you to provide me with a copy of your team's travel schedule with all missing dates circled, your coach's name and telephone extension, and your own name somewhere on the document.|
|You are expected to be on time for all
classes. Chronic or habitual lateness (5 or more late
arrivals in class) may result in a deduction of one grade
level from your final grade calculation.
|Reading Assignments||When you come to class, I expect that you will be prepared. This means that you will have completed the readings assigned for the class. Assignments are due on the first date indicated for each topic on the "Schedule of Classes and Assignments".|
What do I mean by participation? You demonstrate participation in ways such as the following:
|Format for Reports, etc.||Anything
you turn in to me in this class should be typewritten
(preferably) on a clean sheet of paper. Please do NOT tear
a page out of a spiral notebook. Two or more pages must be
stapled together or paper-clipped. All pages after the
first should have a page number.
I will give you some guidelines later for the final paper you will write for the course.
|College COVID-19 Guidelines||Here
is a link to the
full statement of all the guidelines and regulations
for the Fall 2022 semester that Le Moyne
College will be following in the wake of the COVID-19
pandemic. You are expected to read through and follow
these guidelines this semester, subject as the statement
notes, to changes the College may make as the health
situation may change.
Summary of Key Classroom Health and Safety Protocols:
|Components of Final Grade||
Grades in this course will be determined as a weighted average calculated from performance on the following evaluative components:
Because the actual work of a course sometimes changes or deviates from an original plan, I reserve the right to change, add, or drop, within reasonable bounds, grading component or weighting listed above. Such a change, addition, or elimination will apply to all members of a class section, not just to an individual.
evaluating your performance in class, I will use the
percentage equivalents below for each letter grade:
A = 90 to 100% C+ = 75%
A- = 88% C = 70%
B+ = 83% C- = 68%
B = 80% D = 65%
b- = 78% F = below 65%
|Final Course Grade
course grades will then be assigned on the basis of the
weighted average derived from the sum of all quality-point
equivalents of each component according to the follow
= 450-500 points
C+ = 365-389 points
A- = 440-449 points C = 350-364 points
B+ = 415-439 points C- = 340-349 points
B = 400-414 points D = 315-339 points
B- = 390-399 points F = below 315 points
|Contemporary Narrative Reflective Exercise||Narrative
influences surround us and affect the ways in which we act
and judge the world. Each student in this class will be
asked to undertake a reflective exercise to gain an
understanding of such influences in contemporary culture.
Alternatives will be given students to sort through
narrative currents which affect their lives. Possible ways
in which students might complete this exercise include the
following choices; students must complete one of these
A) Film Series
During the course of the semester, at least 19 films--both features and documentaries--will be available for your viewing in the LMC Library. Students will be expected to view at least two (2) of these films and prepare a narrative analysis of each film according to the guidelines distributed in class. Here is a link to the listing of those films and a short description of each: Film and Autobiographical Writing Options
Students may suggest to the instructor other films for possible review. These films and documentaries often echo or reflect important themes currently discussed in narrative psychology as well as standing as distinguished works in their own right.
B) Autobiographical Writing [Film and Autobiographical Writing Option]
Students may complete an autobiographical narrative involving some important aspect of their lives in written or some other format. They will be invited to share the results of this compilation or composition in a conversational setting with the instructor, any other faculty member, or some other person outside their immediate family. Following a discussion of their narratives, students will complete a short reflection paper on the experience. That reflection paper and the autobiographical statement will be submitted to the instructor. More complete instructions about completing this exercise will be distributed in class.
C) Individual Reflective Project
Students who believe there may be a different and more desirable format by which to complete this assignment are encouraged to talk over their ideas or suggestions with the instructor. Any project may be considered if it provides students with an opportunity to investigate some contemporary expression of narrative and to reflect upon their responses or personal engagement in some tangible (e.g., written) way
In order to encourage attendance in class, the only extra credit in this course will be given for the following three situations:
I will begin
counting absences on Wednesday, September 7, 2022.
Recall that I do not make a distinction between excused
and unexcused absences. For the purposes of "extra
credit" you are either in the class or not in the class.
Please do not ask me to take "extenuating circumstances"
into account in calculating your absences for purposes
of extra credit.
No other "extra
credit" will be given.
|Please Note...||Students are encouraged to speak up, be
engaged, and participate in class. Classes will represent a
diversity of individual beliefs, backgrounds, and
experiences. We may not share the same views on some topics,
but we converse in a respectful manner. Le Moyne College is
a zero-tolerance campus.
As noted above, all academic discourse occurs in a context characterized by respect and civility. The accepted level of civility would not include attacks of a personal nature or statements denigrating another on the basis of race, sex, religion, sexual orientation, age, national/regional origin or other such factors. Students who are not respectful, not civil, or disruptive in any way may be asked to leave the class.
Note that you
are expected to behave politely and in a manner which
fosters the overall academic atmosphere and quality of
the class. This is a seminar for advanced upper class
students. Please cooperate in making this a great
Some students don't seem to have a sense of what kinds of behaviors annoy teachers (including me). So, let me list the sorts of behaviors you should avoid:
|Recommendations||If you do choose to ask me for a letter of recommendation, I would normally be happy to complete one. However, please give me at least three weeks' notice before the letter is due. I have a form I ask all students to fill out before I will write a letter. See me in the office for the form. You should also sign up to see me for an interview after turning in the form before I write anything in order to brief me about your graduate school plans, goals, etc. In these ways, I can fashion a letter which is both personal and focused.|
are expected to observe at all times the highest ethical
standards as members of the academic community. Any
form of dishonesty makes a student liable to severe
sanctions, including expulsion from the College. For
details see the Community
Standards section of the Student Handbook.
Students should recall that any deliberate plagiarism (see description below) in an academic course results in a mandatory Failure (F) grade for the course on the first instance and dismissal from the College on a second instance. Instructors are required to submit the name of any student who cheats or commits plagiarism to the Academic Dean.
|Cheating & Plagiarism||
Cheating and lying are unacceptable at Le Moyne as stated clearly in the Student Handbook. The "Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct" (especially General Principle C [Integrity] and Ethical Standard 8.11 [Plagiarism]; http://www.apa.org/ethics/code2002.html#8_11) remind you of the importance of honesty in psychology. Plagiarism or cheating in any form is simply wrong. Please reread the section on "Academic Standards" in the Student Handbook to review what is meant by these terms.
Recall that plagiarism involves the submission of any thoughts or formulations of other people without their being cited or given credit for those thoughts/formulations. For this reason, in any written materials submitted to me:
|Students with Personal / Mental Health Concerns||Students who encounter personal problems of any kind, especially problems that might affect their academic performance, are encouraged to contact the Wellness Center for Health and Counseling (https://www.lemoyne.edu/Student-Life/Student-Services/Wellness-Center). The Center is located on the 2nd floor of Seton Hall; appointments may be arranged by phone at 445-4195 or e-mail at <email@example.com>. The Center provides both individual and group counseling on a strictly confidential basis. The Counseling staff is also available on an emergency basis.|
| Disabilities or
|Your access in this course is important. Any student who feels s/he may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact the instructor privately to discuss your specific needs. You should also meet with someone from Disability Support Services (DSS) about your disability and accommodation needs. The DSS office is located on the first floor of the library (315-445-4118; firstname.lastname@example.org). This should take place within the first 2 weeks of the semester.|
is located in the Student Success Center on the first
floor of the library, to the right of the art
gallery. It is open M-Th 10am-9pm, F 10am-4pm, and
Sun 3pm-9pm. Peer tutors are available for most
subjects. To sign up, go to the Student Success Center webpage
to create an account and log in to select the current
semester’s schedule. If you need tutoring for a
subject not listed, please email
email@example.com. Tutoring is free for all
students and is available from the second week of classes
through the last day of classes.
other students and I have an expectation that classroom
discussions and presentations are meant only for class
participants. We also have a reasonable expectation that
students and the instructor will respect each others'
privacy including, as noted earlier, maintaining
confidentiality about personal matters discussed in class.
Further, as the course website notes in several places,
all class lectures and presentations by the instructor are
copyright © 2022 by Fr. Hevern. As a result, students who
wish to film, tape record, or otherwise permanently record
the activities of the class (for example, by cell phone or
other recording device) must ask Fr. Hevern for permission
to do so ahead of time. If you need to record this course
as an accommodation for a disability, permission will be
given, but you must first ask. Note, though, that posting
videos or other recordings of class lectures to public
websites will be considered a significant violation of the
rights of both the instructor and other students. The
instructor reserves the rights to give a student a failing
grade in the course or otherwise seek legal remedies for
such a violation.
college's policy is that students must receive written
permission from an instructor before sharing or posting in
any other location any recording of class lectures or
distributing comments or discussion materials involving
the instructor or any students in the class. The penalties for
unauthorized recording, sharing, distribution or retention
of materials may range up to expulsion from the college.
Moyne College defines a bias-related incident as behavior
that constitutes an expression of hostility against the
person or property of another because of the targeted
person’s race, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity,
national origin, gender, age, or disability. Bias-related
incidents include, but are not limited to, non-threatening
name calling and using degrading language or slurs that
are directed toward a person because of his or her
membership or perceived membership in a protected class
and that create a hostile environment for that
Students who believe they have experienced bias or discrimination are encouraged to report the incident. Please refer to Le Moyne’s Bias-Related Incident Reporting webpage to submit a report and for further information.
who believe they have been harassed, discriminated
against, or involved in sexual violence should contact the
Title IX Coordinator (315-445-4278) for information about
campus resources and support services, including
confidential counseling services.
Le Moyne faculty are concerned about the well-being and development of our students and we are available to discuss your concerns. As faculty, we are obligated to share information with the College’s Title IX coordinator to help ensure that the student’s safety and welfare are being addressed, consistent with the requirements of the law. These disclosures include, but are not limited to, reports of sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking.
Please refer to Le Moyne's Sexual Misconduct Resources webpage for contact information and further details.