Introduction To Psychology: Why We Do What We Do – psy210 (3 credits)

This course provides a general introduction to the vast and fascinating field of psychology as well as an understanding into why people behave the way they do. This course covers psychology’s basic subject matter in a meaningful and relevant fashion. It also provides a discussion of the ways in which psychological knowledge is applied to improve the quality of individual and shared life. This course is an excellent gateway to more advanced courses in psychology.

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

Psychology and Adjustment

  • Describe research methods used by psychologists.
  • Identify how psychology explains human behavior.
  • Discuss methods of maximizing the college experience.

Managing Stress

  • Evaluate reactions to stress.
  • Discuss moderators of stress.
  • Identify sources of stress.

Psychological Factors and Health

  • Describe the physical, emotional, and cognitive effects of stress.
  • Identify psychological factors which can affect health.
  • Discuss how psychology has contributed to the treatment of various physical health problems.

Examining Personality

  • Compare and contrast various personality theories.
  • Discuss the use of personality tests.

Psychological Disorders and Therapies

  • Summarize the types of therapies used in treating psychological disorders.
  • Explain how psychological disorders are classified.
  • Describe major psychological disorders and the causal factors for each.

Social Influence

  • Compare and contrast self-concept, self-esteem, and self-identity.
  • Describe variables that influence one's social perception.
  • Identify factors that influence persuasion and conformity.

Changes: Adolescence through Adulthood

  • Describe common changes associated with each stage of development from adolescence through late adulthood.
  • Compare and contrast parenting styles and their effects on children.
  • Outline the sexual response cycle for males and females.
  • Discuss types of sexual dysfunctions and their treatment.

Attraction, Relationships, and Communication

  • Summarize Sternberg's theory of love.
  • Identify which traits are considered attractive in a partner.
  • Examine the five stages of Levinger's relationship model.

Influence of Psychology

  • Examine the influence psychology has on personality, relationships, and social perceptions.
  • Discuss career possibilities for individuals with a degree in psychology.

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