Foundations Of Psychology –

psy201

(3 credits)

This course overviews the foundations of psychology as the field applies to everyday life. The physical and mental aspects of psychology are traced through lifespan development with emphasis on psychological health and wellness. Further study focuses on personality; thinking, learning and memory; motivation and emotions; and gender and sexuality. Based in various historical traditions, the course is set in the context of contemporary psychological principles.

This undergraduate-level course is 9 weeks. This course is available as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Advisor.

A Brief History of Psychology

  • Contrast the field of psychology with other scientific fields.

  • Differentiate the major perspectives in the field of psychology.

  • Describe the steps of the scientific method as it applies to the field of psychology.

The Brain and Mind

  • Identify the structure and functions of the brain.

  • Describe sensation and perception.

  • Recognize the various states of consciousness.

Lifespan Development: Infancy and Childhood

  • Contrast the influence of nature versus nurture on human development.

  • Outline the milestones of physical, social, and cognitive development during childhood.

Lifespan Development: Adulthood

  • Summarize major challenges that adolescents face

  • Explain social development in adulthood.

  • Identify the cognitive changes that occur in late adulthood.

Learning and Memory

  • Explain the various components of memory.

  • Describe the different approaches to learning.

Motivation and Emotion

  • Compare the different theories of motivation.

  • Summarize the varieties of human needs.

  • Identify the theories of emotion.

Personality and Intelligence

  • Compare approaches to personality.

  • Identify various intelligence and personality assessments.

  • Identify the theories of intelligence.

Psychological Disorders

  • Describe the perspectives on psychological disorders.

  • Identify the major classifications of psychological disorders.

  • Explain treatment approaches for psychological disorders.

Social Psychology

  • Describe the factors that contribute to attitude formation.

  • Explain the influence of groups and individuals on behavior.

  • Explain the assumptions of social interactions.

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