Students might pick a movie or book in which the main character suffers from a psychological disorder or is merely trying to cope with the everyday stress of life. Students might discuss defense mechanisms or refer to developmental stages in the person's life that might have been important, or consider the effects of abuse, alcoholism and addiction, etc. These are just a few ideas - anything that can be addressed using psychological theory that we cover in this class is appropriate. Students can approach the subject matter from different perspectives—psychoanalytical, biological, behavioral, cognitive, and/or sociocultural. They can discuss the role emotion, memory, or motivation plays in the character's development, or the importance of the environment, and influences such as racism and sexism.