Why do people do the things they do? What motivates them to perform certain behaviours over others? How do people experience emotions? How do emotions affect peoples’ behaviour? Motivation and emotion are dynamic processes that are always changing. They direct our attention towards or away from certain behaviours. People are not always aware of what causes them to experience emotions or what causes them to behave in certain ways.
The goal of this course is to provide students with an overview of motivation and emotion science. Students will explore a variety of theories, frameworks and models that explain motivation and emotion. Furthermore, students will discuss experiences from their personal lives by relating them to the theories, models and frameworks introduced in the textbook and explained in class.
Topics in this course include historical perspectives of motivation and emotion science; physiological and psychological needs; extrinsic and intrinsic motives; goal setting and striving for success; mindsets; personal control beliefs; the self-concept; emotions; moods; growth motivation and positive psychology.
Course Materials and Text:
Students are expected to complete ALL the designated readings BEFORE EACH CLASS. Students are also expected to attend ALL classes, complete ALL take home assignments and participate in class discussions. Please see the course schedule below for the dates the readings are due.
The required readings:
Reeve, J. (2015) Understanding Motivation and Emotion, 6th ed. John Wiley and Sons
This book is available at Concordia Community Solidarity Co-op Bookstore: www.co-opbookstore.ca/
The power-point lecture notes will be posted on the course website before each class.
Recommended readings: URLs and other electronic sources may be posted on the course website from time to time. Please visit the course website to get this material.
In this course, students will learn the science of motivation and emotion. The professor provides a balance of lectures and discussion based activities to teach students about a variety of theories, frameworks and models that explain motivation and emotion. He will also show relevant multimedia clips, including documentary movies, Ted Talks and other interesting videos. Students will be encouraged to participate in discussions by relating what they learn in class about motivation and emotion to their own lives. Students are expected to read the required text and/or watch the assigned movie before coming to class.
Participation is an important part of this course. From time to time, the professor will ask students to complete additional readings, watch video clips, think about certain subjects and/or complete short assignments outside of class time. Students MUST accomplish these tasks. The grade given for participation will be determined according to the completion of these tasks, classroom attendance and participation in discussions.
Your numerical grades will be converted to letter grades as follows:
A+ (93 – 100%) B+ (77 – 79.9%) C+ (67 – 69.9%) D+ (57– 59.9%)
A (85 – 92.9%) B (73 – 76.9%) C (63 – 66.9%) D (53 – 56.9%)
A- (80 – 84.9%) B- (70 – 72.9%) C- (60 – 62.9%) D- (50 – 52.9%)
F < 50%
Lecture Schedule: Themes and Required Readings
This is a TENTATIVE schedule and is subject to change. Be sure to consult the course website regularly to be aware of any changes.
Course schedule, topics and required readings:
January 8th – Introduction
January 10th – Overview of Motivation and Emotion Chapter 1 – Introduction
January 15th – Motivation in a Historical Perspectives Chapter 2 – Motivation in a Historical Perspective
January 17th – Motivation in a Historical Perspectives Chapter 2 – Motivation in a Historical Perspective
January 22nd – Physiological Needs Chapter 4 – Physiological Needs
January 24th – Physiological Needs Chapter 4 – Physiological Needs
January 29th – Extrinsic Motivation Chapter 5 – Extrinsic Motivation
January 31st – Extrinsic Motivation Chapter 5 – Extrinsic Motivation
February 5th – Exam 1
February 7th – Psychological Needs Chapter 6 – Psychological Needs
February 12th – Psychological Needs Chapter 6 – Psychological Needs
February 14th – Implicit Motives Chapter 7 – Implicit Motives
February 26th – Goals, Setting Goals and Goal Striving Chapter 8 – Goals, Setting Goals and Goal Striving
February 28th – Goals, Setting Goals and Goal Striving Chapter 8 – Goals, Setting Goals and Goal Striving
March 5th – Mindsets Chapter 9 – Mindsets
March 7th – Mindsets Chapter 9 – Mindsets
March 12th – Exam 2
March 14th – Personal Control Beliefs Chapter 10 – Personal Control Beliefs
March 19th – Personal Control Beliefs Chapter 10 – Personal Control Beliefs
March 21st – The Self and Its Strivings Chapter 11 – The Self and Its Strivings
March 26th – The Self and Its Strivings Chapter 11 – The Self and Its Strivings
March 28th – Nature of Emotions Chapter 12 – Nature of Emotions: Six Perennial Questions
April 4th – Aspects of Emotion Chapter 13 – Aspects of Emotion
April 9th – Aspects of Emotion Chapter 13 – Aspects of Emotion
April 11th – Individual Emotions Chapter 14 – Individual Emotions
April 16th – Growth Motivation and Positive Psychology Chapter 15 – Growth Motivation and Positive Psychology
Final Exam During the Final Exam Dates
Students are encouraged to participate in class discussions in a mutually respectful way. Oppressive statements will not be tolerated in any form. This includes but is not limited to racism, sexism, classism, homophobia, transphobia, hate speech, bullying, and/or forms of derogatory statements. It is important that when others (including the professor) speak, we listen quietly and do not impede anyone’s ability to participate, pay attention to the conversation and/or have a positive classroom experience.
Academic dishonesty is a serious offense and will not be tolerated. Acts of dishonesty include, but are not limited to, cheating and plagiarism. It is your responsibility to know and understand university and departmental policies. All acts of academic dishonesty will be reported. Please refer to the Undergraduate Calendar for complete details of offenses and penalties: http://registrar.concordia.ca/calendar/17/17.10.html
Students with Disabilities:
Students with disabilities should register with the Access Centre for Students with Disabilities and follow its procedures for obtaining assistance. In addition, please inform me of any special needs you have so that I can make appropriate accommodations. Please visit this website for more information. http://www.concordia.ca/students/accessibility.html