HUM/PSY 275W – Psychology and the Expressive Arts       Spring 2018

Monday 12:30-3:15 pm, Room 125

Associate Professor Lucy L Jones, PhD

Office – Kaliko 151 Pālamanui

Office hours – Monday 9-12 and by appointment        


This is a Writing Intensive Course!


Guidelines for Writing-Intensive Courses:


  1. You are required to do a significant amount of writing. In addition to the writing required for each module, you will also write a final research paper following the rubric that I will give out later.
  2. This course emphasizes writing as an essential tool for learning course material. Clear, well-organized writing is a way of acquiring, analyzing, and communicating knowledge, and the act of writing does not merely record or reformulate thought but generates thought as well.
  3. From the beginning of the semester, you and I will interact often in order to assist in your learning through the writing process.
  4. Writing is a major element in determining your grade for this course.


Required Text:

Expressive Therapies by Cathy Malchiodi, Guilford Press (paperback)

You will be given readings, handouts, videos, and Internet assignments.

There will be lecture, discussion, structured activities, papers, and individual projects.



Š       Completion of English 100


General Education Learning Outcomes:


Course Learning Outcomes:


Course Objectives:


Class Requirements:




Pages and Word Count:
Because this is a Writing Intensive course, you will need to fulfill the minimum number of pages or word count for the semester. Each page is approximately 250 words, so plan accordingly. (This does not mean a huge font with lots of spaces and wide margins!) Please use only 12 point Arial or Times New Roman font (but not bold). These pages are to be attachments so it will be easier for me to assess your number of pages.


You are to use Turnitin with certain papers. The class ID is 16658828 and the password is “psy275” (without the quotation marks).


How to Contact me: You may either use “Messages” (see link on left in Laulima), or email ( My Office number is 808-969-8849 where you can leave a message. You may leave a text on my cell phone (808-937-4131) but it doesn’t work at my home for talking. Be sure to tell me who you are and which class you are taking.



Because we only meet one time each week as a double session, attendance is extremely important. Like a regular job, if you miss too much work you would be dismissed, so it is with this class. You will be required to choose between withdrawal, extensive make-up work, or a failing grade if you have three absences or more. I will deduct points from your total for excessive absences without a valid excuse. If you cannot be in class, please email me or call before class so I know you haven’t dropped the class. I realize this is very subjective, but there needs to be some incentive to be here and to take part in class discussions. 



Attitude and class participation go a long way toward your learning and your grade. The most effective way to learn and grow is to bring information, ideas, and inspiration to the rest of the class. You will also be expected to do quite a bit of your own research on the Internet, which is an excellent tool for growth. 


Also, the 20 points for your participation in each class meeting are not automatic. If you are in the class, you are expected to participate to the best of your ability. If you are not in the class, it is an automatic 0 point value unless you have a valid reason for not attending that class, or if I have had to cancel for some reason. 


MySuccess Program: At Hawai`i Community College we want every student to be successful.  The MySuccess program is a UHCC system-wide effort that seeks to support students early in the semester when they first begin experiencing difficulty in a class.  If I feel you are having difficulty in my class (ex. missing class, missing assignments, and low test scores) I may refer you to Support Services   Once referred, your counselor will follow up with you by phone or email to find out what kinds of help you might need, connect you with the necessary resources, and to help you develop a strategy for success.  You may find your Support Network in the MySuccess tab on your MyUH  page, or the MySuccess  tab linked to this course in Laulima.


There are 3 criteria for a Referral:

1.    Student must be demonstrating a pattern of behavior.

2.    The instructor has made attempts to address the behavior and/or academic concerns, but attempts have been unsuccessful or the student is not getting enough support.

3.    The student should need additional support, outside of what is provided in the classroom.


Computers and Cell Phones:
There are times when having a way to look up something on the Internet is valuable. I do not object to having them in the room as long as they are used only for classwork. Other than that, this classroom is a “no text/no computer” zone.



I want you to use Laulima, our online program, to turn in your written work. Please check there regularly for any announcements between classes and sometimes to pick up your assignment if you miss class. Go to your UH Portal, and on the bottom at the far right is the logo for Laulima. You can sign in using your school ID and password. In class, I will explain how to use this most effectively. If you have no computer at home, please use either the school library or the computer lab for your work. Our aim is to save paper and to make it easier for you to complete the assignments. Hand written assignments will not be accepted (unless I request otherwise). This class will require dependable Internet access, and minimal technical skills. You must have a broadband connection (no dial-up), and MS Word (not MS Works) or PDF reader. Safari (for Mac) is not adequate for this work, so please download Mozilla Firefox as your Internet browser. Please allow extra time for cyber glitches, and don’t wait until the last minute to turn in your work.


Quality of Work:

The points you receive are not automatic. For example, if an assignment is worth 20 points, it means you can earn UP TO 20 points (see Rubric). I will take the quality of your work into consideration.


Students With Verified Disabilities: If you have a disability with verification on file with our Office of Students with Disabilities, please let me know if you think you will need accommodation. I will be glad to provide accommodations as needed. I will discuss it with you and with your Disabled Students’ Office.


Student Conduct Code:

Our college has a Student Conduct Code that defines expected conduct and specifies those acts subject to University sanctions. You will find it in the latest school catalog. You are to be familiar with this code. You also will find information regarding our "Policy on Sexual Harassment" and "Academic Grievances."


Quizzes and exams:

By reading your weekly papers, observing your class presentations, participation and discussions, I will know what you are learning in this course. I reserve the right to have a quiz periodically in order to augment my evaluation of your knowledge and understanding of the basics of psychology.


Semester Reflection:

At the end of the semester, please write a brief paragraph of at least one thing you learned over the course of the semester that will benefit you in your personal and/or professional life. A class has no meaning unless it can be of some value other than merely a grade or three credits.


At the end of the semester, you will be given the opportunity to evaluate the course and instructor. I am giving a 10 point incentive if you let me know you have completed the survey. This can be a screen shot, or copy of the completion. I don’t need to know how you answered the evaluation, just that you did it.


This course is based on 16 modules (one for each week). Each module will consist of at least three categories:


GRADES: At the end of each week, you will be able to check the Gradebook on Laulima to see where you stand. If you are more than two weeks behind, you need to talk with me ASAP.  I will accept no late work past the end of each four weeks. I will explain more in class. At times, there will be more or less points than indicated. The final grade is based on the percentage of total points given through the semester.



PSY 275W RUBRIC: Assignments, Weekly Reflections, Final Presentation, Semester Reflection, Attendance/Participation



 Excellent (A)

 Good (B)

 Adequate (C)

 Inadequate (D)

 No Credit




Insightful & complete responses; correct grammar, spelling, & punctuation. Overall excellence (20)


Complete responses; correct grammar, spelling, & punctuation (18)


Adequate length, correct grammar, spelling, & punctuation (16)


Inadequate length; incorrect grammar, spelling, and punctuation (12)


Late submission or not published by the due date (0)



Weekly Reflections

Thoughtful & provocative responses; correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation. Overall excellence (10)


Thoughtful responses; correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation (9)


Simple response; correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation (8)


Inadequate response; incorrect grammar, spelling, and punctuation (7)


Late submission or not published by the due date (0)



Final Presentation

Creative & provocative presentation; excellent Integration of topic and presentation. Overall excellence (35)



Creative presentation. Good integration of team topic, and individual presentation (30)


Adequate Integration of team topic, and individual presentation (25)


Inadequate integration of team topic, and poor individual presentation (15)


Not presented by the due date (0)



Semester Reflection


Thoughtful & provocative responses; correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation. Overall excellence (20)


Thoughtful responses; correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation (18)


Simple response; correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation (16)


Inadequate response; incorrect grammar, spelling, and punctuation (12)


Late submission or not published by the due date (0)



Attendance/ participation


Appropriate and provocative class discussion; involvement; Insightful comments; regular participation & attendance (10)



Appropriate class discussion; thoughtful comments; Involvement; regular participation & attendance (9)


Appropriate class discussion & comments; Some involvement; regular attendance (8)


Few comments or involvement; regular or excused attendance (7)


No involvement or participation; irregular or unexcused attendance (0)




Creative & thoughtful regular entries; weekly thoughts; class projects and overall excellence (30)


Creative and regular entries; weekly comments; class projects (25)


Regular and creative entries (20)


Few entries; no comments (15)


Late submission, or no journal kept for the semester (0)


Grades will be based on the following:

Š      First Analytical Paper – up to 35 points

Š      Weekly written assignments – up to 10-20 points per week

Š      Weekly Reflection – up to 10 points per week

Š      Final Project = up to 35 points

Š      Attendance – 20 points per week

Š      Participation – up to 20 points per week

Š      Semester Reflection = up to 20 points

Š      Journal = up to 30 points (divided by two)

Š      eCAFE = 10 points

Š      On time work - 10 points per week


Semester Grades:              90-100% = A

                                                80-89%   = B

                                                70-79%   = C

                                                60-69%   = D

                                                0 – 59%  = F






Module 1                                   Setting Out - Jungian Concepts


Module 2                                   Martin Luther King Day - no class


Module 3                                   Developing Your Creative Habit

Module 4                                   History, Theory, and Practice

Module 5                                   Art Therapy


Module 6                                  Powers of Observation     

                      First draft due for Analytical Paper #1

Module 7                                 President's Day - no class


Module 8                                   Inventory of Skills

                    Final draft due for Analytical Paper #1


Module 9                                   Poetry Therapy


Module 10                                 Music Therapy

Module 11                                  Drama Therapy and Psychodrama




                        March 26-31 SPRING BREAK  ~ ~ ~ Have a safe week!


Module 12                                  Movement/Dance Therapy


Module 13                                  Play Therapy


Module 14                                  Sandtray or Clay Therapy

Earlier in the semester, I will suggest a $1 donation toward purchase of clay. It is not automatically supplied, so I buy it myself for the class.


Module 15                                 Integrative Arts Approach
                                                  Class Presentations 




Module 16                                  Class Presentations