This course will provide you with an overview of how psychologists attempt to discover how we think, feel, and behave. I will introduce you to psychology as a science and to its subdisciplines, and I’ll expose you to psychology’s various theoretical orientations, methodologies, and applications to society. In addition, I will challenge your preconceptions about psychology by helping you think critically about its issues. Throughout the course I will help you enhance your understanding of yourself and others by relating to the material and applying it to your own life.
Complete instructions for purchasing the text and access to PsychPortal are included in the course syllabus.
Survey of basic principles for the understanding of behavior and experience, including development, learning, cognition, biological foundations, perception, motivation, personality, behavior abnormalities, measurement of individual differences, and social processes. The value of scientific observation and experimentation to the development of psychological understanding is emphasized.
This course looks at theories of psychopathology, etiology, symptomatology, diagnosis, and treatment.
The purpose of this course is to study theories of development, to become familiar with the normal sequence of development (physical, intellectual, emotional, social and personality), and to gain knowledge of the psychological characteristics of different periods during the human life cycle.
This particular course will take a lifespan approach and will focus on the physical, cognitive, and psychosocial changes that are evident at various life stages (infancy, childhood, adolescence, emerging adulthood, late adulthood, and dying and death). This course will also offer an opportunity to think critically and formulate written responses to relevant developmental issues.
Belsky, J. (2010). Experiencing the Lifespan (2nd ed). Worth Publishers: New York. ISBN: 978-1-4292-1950-1