Michigan State University

Yale

Psychological Storytelling

"The writer is an explorer. Every step is an advance into a new land."

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Details

Like our creative writing WorkMYX but with a twist! Get into the mind of your characters through the lens of psychology. If you love creating and want to understand how the brain works, then this one is for you! There is so much room for creativity and exploration in this field. You will master the techniques that good writers use to compose a bracing story, populated with memorable characters in an interesting setting, written in a fresh, descriptive style. With the skills and knowledge acquired in this WorkMYX, you will feel confident writing creatively through the lens of psychology in a variety of mediums!

Why it’s hot RN

The need for writers is projected to grow 7 percent from 2019 to 2029 (source: bls.gov)

There is an easy point of entry with relatively short on demand training (source: bls.gov)

Influencers in the field

Spike Lee, George Lucas, Steven King, Quentin Tarantino

Let’s talk about the $

$50,109 (source: ziprecruiter.com)

Social impact

Medium. Impact is project dependent.

PATHWAYS:

WHAT YOU WALK AWAY WITH

Degree in journalism or communications

TIME

6-8 semesters

COST

$40,000-$68,000

OR

workmyxPsychological Storytelling

WHAT YOU WALK AWAY WITH

*Skills needed to become a successful writer. *Course completion certificates from top universities in the field. *Course credits can be used towards a future degree if desired.

TIME

1 semester

COST

$425

workmyx: Psychological Storytelling

1. Michigan State University

Transmedia Writing

What are people most afraid of? What do our dreams mean? Are we natural-born racists? What makes us happy? What are the causes and cures of mental illness? This course tries to answer these questions and many others, providing a comprehensive overview of the scientific study of thought and behavior. It explores topics such as perception, communication, learning, memory, decision-making, persuasion, emotions, and social behavior. We will look at how these aspects of the mind develop in children, how they differ across people, how they are wired-up in the brain, and how they break down due to illness and injury.

2. Yale

Introduction To Psychology

What are people most afraid of? What do our dreams mean? Are we natural-born racists? What makes us happy? What are the causes and cures of mental illness? This course tries to answer these questions and many others, providing a comprehensive overview of the scientific study of thought and behavior. It explores topics such as perception, communication, learning, memory, decision-making, persuasion, emotions, and social behavior. We will look at how these aspects of the mind develop in children, how they differ across people, how they are wired-up in the brain, and how they break down due to illness and injury.

What you’ll learn:

  • Introduction to the basic concepts of psychology

  • Topics such as perception, communications, emotions and social behavior

  • How the mind develops in children

  • How the brain is wired and how it reasons

3. Yale

The Science of Wellbeing

In this course you will engage in a series of challenges designed to increase your own happiness and build more productive habits. As preparation for these tasks, Professor Laurie Santos reveals misconceptions about happiness, annoying features of the mind that lead us to think the way we do, and the research that can help us change. You will ultimately be prepared to successfully incorporate a specific wellness activity into your life.

What You'll Learn

  • Gratitude
  • Happiness
  • Meditation
  • Savoring

4.

Race and America

Learners will deepen their understanding and appreciation of ways in which race, ethnicity and cultural diversity have shaped American institutions, ideology, law, and social relationships from the colonial era to the present. Race and ethnicity are ideological and cultural categories that include all groups and individuals. Hence, this course is designed in significant part to take a broad look at the ideology of race and cultural diversity in America’s past and present. The primary focus is on the historical and social relationships among European Americans, Native Americans, African Americans, Latino/as, and Asian/Pacific Americans. Issues of race and ethnicity are examined across different ethno-cultural traditions in order to interweave diverse experiences into a larger synthesis of the meaning of race and ethnicity in American life. In this course, we conceive of “race” and “diversity” as references to the entire American population, even as we recognize that different groups have unique historical experiences resulting in distinctive and even fundamental cultural differences. We treat race and ethnicity as dynamic, complex ideological and cultural processes that shape all social institutions, belief systems, inter-group relationships, and individual experiences.

What you’ll learn:

  • Introduction to Concepts of Race and Identity

  • Historical Legacies of Race in the United States

  • Legacies of Race and Racism Today

  • Race and Ethnicity in American Social Institutions

This work totals 64 hours over the course of 15 weeks

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Michigan State University

Yale