Selected book is by fritz Perls an eyewitness to therapy a Gestalt approach
20% Book Review of an Original, Classic Text by one of the Masters: Are you tired of reading secondary texts by authors who interpret the masters? Well, now is your chance to read an original, classic text by one of the masters: Freud, Erikson, Perls, Horney, Sullivan, Fromm, Fromm-Reichman, Jung, Rogers, Laing, May, Skinner, Ellis, Glasser, Winnicott, etc. The reading list in this syllabus lists some classic texts, but you can also go to a good bookstore and peruse the psychology section and find those classic texts that have withstood the test of time. This assignment entails reading
4 the book and then writing a book review. The book selection must be by an author of
your chosen theoretical orientation.
A book review is different from a book report, which is typically written in elementary and high school grades and informs the reader by giving an overall summary of the book. A book review in contrast is a graduate-level assignment that does not just inform the reader about the book, but critically evaluates it. Although it places the book and the author in context and offers a brief overall summary and description of the book’s key concepts, the major emphasis is on the critical analysis. It is a vehicle for examining and discussing issues the book itself raises or fails to raise and informs the reader of the merits and/or shortcomings the book may have. It is written for the benefit of those who might not presently have time to read the book but who nonetheless need to learn more about its basic approach should they desire to read it at a future time. From information based on a well-written book review, the reader may conclude that the book is either indispensable or inconsequential. The critical analysis typically includes some quotes from the book that make the content notable and stand out.
The book review should be 5-6 pages in length (excluding the cover page) and must include: introduction, explanation as to why the book was selected, history of the book/author that places it within a historical context, overall summary, key concepts, critical analysis, and conclusion. Please note that grading will take into consideration the overall organization, writing, punctuation, spelling, and grammar. APA style is required including correct font size, headings, etc. If your writing is not at a graduate level, it is suggested that you receive editing assistance with your final copy. Citations and references from other sources are not required nor allowed for this assignment, thus there will be no reference page. The title of the book, your name, class title, faculty, and date should be on the cover page. Additionally, the author, title, year published, and publisher of the book should also be on the cover page, written in APA reference style with the author (full name of the author), date of publication, title, city of publication, and publisher. The classics typically have many editions, so be precise with the citation so that the correct edition is apparent. For example, the following text was originally published in 1942 and was reissued for publication in 1992:
Perls, F. S. (1942/1992). Ego, hunger and aggression: A revision of Freud’s theory and method. NY: Gestalt Journal Press. (classic)
All book review titles must be approved by the faculty teaching the theory component of the course. See the weekly topical outline for dates when book must be selected as well as completed. Late papers will have a deduction of 10 points.
B. Explanation as to why the book was selected by student
C. History of book/author (place in historical context and describe
why it was significant for the author and the time period)
D. Overall summary of book
E. Description of book’s key concepts
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F. Critical analysis of book
H. Quality of paper (writing, grammar, neatness, APA style. length)
30 Pts. 10 Pts. 10 Pts.