General Psychology is designed to give the student an introduction to the concepts required for the study of perception, conditioning, learning, intelligence, motivations, emotions, and personality. The interaction of heredity and environment is also stressed. This course is a prerequisite to all other psychology courses. Prerequisite: English and Reading placement at college level.
An introduction to the scientific study of the developing child. The age span covered ranges from the prenatal period up to puberty. Topics include age relevant studies of motor, cognitive, linguistic, social and personality growth. Prerequisite: PSY 103.
An introduction to the area of human social interaction from the perspective of how man affects and are affected by social phenomena. Social factors in the development of personality and motivation, attitudes and attitude change, interpersonal and group processes, and the application of social psychology to contemporary issues will be emphasized. Students will be expected to critically evaluate the explanatory models used to describe, explain, and predict social behavior. Prerequisite: PSY 103.
Human growth and psychological development of the individual from infancy through senescence. Attention is given to the patterns of change that occur during each of the life stages, considering physiological, psychological, genetic and cultural forces affecting human development. Prerequisite: PSY 103.
All of the important aspects of the lives of adolescents are studied from a theoretical and research viewpoint. Topics discussed include the following: development of the self-concept, sexual maturation, morality, mental growth, vocational choices, love and affection, anger, fear, parents, peer relationships, home and family, marriage, the drug culture, etc. Prerequisite: PSY 103.
Deals with the important aspects of "abnormal psychology", both from a descriptive as well as a theoretical viewpoint. In addition to noting the various symptoms and characteristics of psychological disorders, an emphasis will be placed on explaining the possible causes of such disorders and their possible methods of treatment. Prerequisite: PSY 103.
A study of the psychology of women from an historical and contemporary perspective. The main focus of the course is on the current revision and expansion of research on sex roles (sex differences and similarities). Such topics as, for example, sex-role stereotypes, the issue of fear of success in women (and men), and androgyny as an alternative to masculinity or femininity are considered in light of the relevant literature. Prerequisite: PSY 103.
An investigation into the ways in which psychological knowledge can be applied to the processes of bringing about changes in behavior, i.e., teaching and learning. The educational implications of psychological theory and research will be applied to such areas as the processes involved in learning, remembering, thinking, solving problems, motivation, and creativity. In considering these areas the focus will be on understanding learning, and the differentiation among learners and learning environments, so that appropriate strategies may be created to enable students to better define themselves as learners. Prerequisite: PSY 103.
An introduction to the interrelationships between mind and body, exploring the physiological correlates of behavior as well as psychosomatic illness. Students will explore and critically evaluate the theories and research in physiology and their implications. Prerequisite: PSY 103.
An exploration of the issues and dilemmas created by the interaction between psychology and the law. Current psychological research and theory will be applied to evaluating the uses and abuses of the insanity defense; understanding, predicting and regulating violent behavior; the role of the psychologist as expert witness in civil and criminal cases; the application of psychological research to jury selection, trial techniques and the evaluation of evidence. Prerequisite: PSY 103.
This course will address issues faced by individuals with physical disabilities, whether congenital, hereditary or traumatic in nature. Included is a discussion of the Americans with Disabilities Act, 1990, and its effects on the self-image of the disabled. The course will include definitions of disabilities, cultural attitudes about the disabled, and reactions of family members to the disabilities. Information about support services will also be given. Prerequisite: PSY 103.
Positive Psychology explores the scientific study of ordinary human strengths and virtues. We will examine human behavior that is effective, valuable and contributes positively to human development. We will study how humans live lives of dignity and purpose and will include such topics as subjective well-being; peak performance; wellness; interventions for enhanced well-being; religion and spirituality; and work, community and well-being. This course takes a holistic and general systems theory perspective. Prerequisite: PSY 103.
This course is an introduction to the study of cognitive processes. Covered topics include attention, perception, memory, problem solving, concept formation, decision-making and language. Students will critically analyze the research in cognitive psychology and relate the course content to real-world applications. Prerequisite: PSY 103.
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