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Foundations of Psychology




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Course level: Undergraduate

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.



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Psychological Concepts, Sensation, and Perception

  • Differentiate between the major psychological perspectives.
  • Analyze the research methods and ethical issues involved in psychological research.
  • Identify the biological components involved in influencing behavior.
  • Compare 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.

Stress, Health, and Personality

  • Analyze the effects of stress on the body, as well as any 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.
  • Explain the basic components of personality testing.

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.
  • Relate the components of social perceptions to human behavior.
  • Explain the effects of group influences on performance and decision making.


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