Humorous Lecture-Let Prof. Chen lead you learn social psychology with ease



Gap-less interaction: Professor, I am here!



If you think that only college students would get on the BBS, you are badly wrong. The popular teacher of Institute of Learning Sciences, Shun-Wen Chen, is a veteran netizen! Prof. Chen, who interacts with students with no generation gap, not only understands the culture of the Internet well, but also connects resources from BBS groups, MOODLE, Facebook, Apple news to the course of Social Psychology with a sharp and objective stance.

In Chen’s class, psychological theories are no longer dry experimental results in the textbook, but clever connections to daily experiences and social events around us. The active interaction in the course not only makes students understand how one could be easily influenced by others, but also a good practice for thinking and expression. “Prof. Chen is willing to discuss weird thoughts with students and opens to a variety of ideas.” A student posted an article on the BBS, “He is very open-minded. It’s pleasant to discuss with him!” Knowing that Prof. Chen may read the BBS, some students even posted messages under this article to say  hello to him.


Features: Vivid, flexible, brainstorming



In order to let students learn Social Psychology in an effective way, Prof. Chen uses multimedia tools in the course, including slides and videos. He likes to raise questions and provide vivid examples from daily life to elaborate psychological theories. For example: “Why do people usually want to clean their rooms before important tests?” “Why are our media full of sensational news?” “What is the worst method that parents and teachers could use to compliment their kids?” Prof. Chen’s interesting and lucid explanations frequently win applause and laughing around the class.

Furthermore, Prof. Chen and his teaching assistants create a web forum for students to discuss and ask questions. He also raises questions to let students answer on the forum weekly. He sometimes picks up interesting answers to discuss in the class. Most of the questions are open-ended. Just one example: “How many meanings do you know of the gesture of ringing up the index finger and the thumb in different cultures?”


Positive attitude: The thing that is more beneficial than success

陳 舜文老師認為,比成功還重要的事,就是失敗。成功的時候可能因為運氣或認為理所當然,而錯過了反省檢討自己不足的機會;相反地,「有光亮必有陰影」,學會 擁抱失敗、在受傷的時候試著思考失敗的原因,也學會瞭解他人面對失敗、走出失敗的經驗,反而是比成功更重要的學習契機。



Prof. Chen thinks what is more beneficial than success is failure. When people succeed, they miss the chance to reflect themselves. On the other hand, people learn by failing. Besides, we can also find out how successful people deal with failure and learn from their attitude towards failure to improve ourselves.

Moreover, Prof. Chen suggests students to get a variety of friends from different areas. A wide collection of friends could stretch yourself so you can learn new things. When you feel confused with difficulties, good friends could let you change your perspective and avoid painting yourself into a corner. Therefore, it is important to cherish the friendships during the college years.

Prof. Chen, who always wears a smile and has sense of humor, hopes undergraduates spending four years on the university not only learning the knowledge from books, but also practicing social skills, exercising critical thinking, as well as increasing the courage to face the future through good and bad times. The keys to achieve these goals are all in Prof. Chen’s courses which are worth to explore.