Foundations Of Psychology – psy202 (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 Representative.

Motivation and Emotion

  • Compare different approaches to motivation.

  • Summarize the varieties of human needs.

  • Classify the range of emotions.

A Brief History of Psychology

  • Describe the subfields of psychology.

  • Identify research methods used by psychologists.

  • Identify major ethical issues in the field of psychology research.

  • Explain the five major perspectives in the field of psychology.

Personality and Intelligence

  • Explain behavioral assessments.

  • Summarize the theories of intelligence.

  • Compare approaches to personality.

The Brain and Mind

  • Identify the structure and functions of the brain.

  • Describe sensation and perception.

  • Recognize behaviors associated with states of consciousness.

Learning and Memory

  • Compare classical and operant conditioning.

  • Summarize cognitive approaches to learning.

  • Explain the three-system approach to memory.

Lifespan Development: Infancy and Childhood

  • Contrast the influence of nature versus nurture.
  • Outline the milestones of physical, social, and cognitive development during childhood.

Lifespan Development: Adulthood

  • Summarize the major transitions that characterize adolescence.

  • Explain social development in adulthood.

  • Identify the cognitive changes that occur in late adulthood.

Psychological Disorders

  • Describe perspectives on normal versus abnormal behavior.

  • Identify the major classifications of psychological disorders.

  • Explain treatment approaches for psychological disorders.

Psychological Health and Wellness

  • Explain social cognition.

  • Determine ways to reduce discrimination.

  • Compare the concepts of like and love.

  • Describe how people cope with stress.

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