Nalysis of a battle from a psychological perspective.
This will be a final paper for a undergraduate class, Psychology of Combat. PY432 Psychology of Combat: This course is a study of the acute and chronic behavioral response to battle. Students will review, analyze, and evaluate the range of psychological responses to combat, from Normalreactions to variations of Combat Stress Reaction.Case studies from combat action, current resources, and personal experiences will provide material for application and synthesis of the concepts presented in the course. Topics include the U.S. military approach to psychiatric management of combat (from World War One to the present), treatments and therapies, POW experiences, mental adaptation for future warfare, and stress associated with other forms of conflict, such as peacekeeping.
Final Assignment: Complete a substantial presentation synthesizing concepts learned in this course in the form of an analysis of a battle from a psychological perspective.
Prepare a presentation with the following information:
Your presentation should be a clear picture of the psychological aspects of combat historically. You should demonstrate understanding of all aspects of trauma and present a clear review from WWI to today. Be as creative and eloquent as you can.
Course Objectives: Course Objectives
Upon successful of this course, the student will have demonstrated an ability to apply knowledge of the following:
Explain the relevance of psychological factors related to military preparedness and the results of decisive battles and wars.
2. Describe a?normala? reactions and subsequent attempts at adaptation of soldiers exposed to battle.
3. Analyze factors related to varieties of CSR (Combat Stress Reaction), and PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), including their prevention, management, and treatment.
Describe the evolution of the U.S. Militaryas approach to management of war-related psychological effects.
Describe the acute and long-term impact upon individuals and society of combat-related post-traumatic stress reactions.
Appraise the anticipated psychological stresses of future wars, and describe the U.S. militaryas response.
7. Identify the range of psychological experiences of prisoners of war, soldiers wounded in battle, and soldiers exposed to Weapons of Mass Destruction or asymmetrical warfare.
Sources used in Course include:
Grossman, D.(2009). On Killing, Revised ED. Back Bay Books/Little, Brown & Co., New York, NY
Kennedy, C.H., Zillmer, E.A. (2006). Military Psychology: Clinical and Operational Applications, 1st ED.
The Guilford Press, New York, NY
Shephard, B., (2001). A War of Nerves: Soldiers and Psychiatrists in the 20th Century, 1st ED, Harvard
University Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts