psy203 | undergraduate

Foundations Of Psychology

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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 5 This course is available to take individually or To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 5

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    Stress, Health, and Personality

    • Explain the basic components of personality testing.
    • Describe the effects of stress on the body and applicable management techniques.
    • Identify Freud's psychosexual stages of development and defense mechanisms.
    • Compare Freud's psychoanalytic theory with other contemporary psychodynamic theories.
    • Compare the social cognitive and humanistic perspectives on personality.

    Psychological Disorders, Methods of Treatment, and Social Psychology

    • Describe different types of psychological disorders.
    • Explain the main concepts of the major methods of treatment for psychological disorders.
    • Explain the components of social perceptions.
    • Explain the effects of group influences on performance and decision making.

    Psychological Concepts, Sensation, and Perception

    • Differentiate between the major psychological perspectives.
    • Describe the research methods and ethical issues involved in psychological research.
    • Explain the biological components involved in influencing behavior.
    • Contrast the components of sensation and perception.

    Learning, Memory, and Cognition

    • Identify the key concepts of classical and operant conditioning as they relate to learning.
    • Identify the basic processes and types of memory.
    • Describe the major theories and measures of intelligence.

    Motivation, Emotion, and Human Development

    • Explain the biological and psychological theories of motivation.
    • Describe the major theories of emotion.
    • Contrast the physical, psychosocial, cognitive, and moral theories of development.
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