Dec 18, 2018  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
    
2018-2019 Undergraduate Academic Catalog
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SS 460H - Foundations of Psychology

3 lecture hours 0 lab hours 3 credits
Course Description
This course provides an overview of the diverse discipline of psychology, the scientific study of behavior and mental processes, and the applications gained from this knowledge. The course emphasizes the fundamental methods and theories in psychology, the historical development of the field, and current research and applications. Topics of discussion include personality theories and human development, emotions and motivation, learning and memory, cognition and perception, psychopathology, and social psychology. The course will also address the impact of the built environment on both individual and communal behavior.  Through this course the student should gain an increased understanding of the field of psychology, an enhanced ability to think critically, and the ability to apply psychological principles to everyday life.   (prereq: none) 
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Explain basic knowledge of the major theories and principles of psychology
  • Have an understanding of and apply the principles of psychological inquiry to one’s own mental processes and behavior, and that of others
  • Gain a greater understanding and appreciation of, and respect for, human diversity
  • Develop a greater understanding of how biological, psychosocial, and sociocultural influences impact human behavior and mental processes
  • Critically evaluate current issues in the field of psychology
  • Demonstrate an understanding of psychological information through written and oral communication skills
  • Synthesize and analyze the power of place as it pertains to psychology

Prerequisites by Topic
  • None

Course Topics
  • Overview of course (1 class)
  • Thinking critically with psychology (1 class)
  • Biology and behavior (3 classes)
  • The developing person (3 classes)
  • Learning (2 classes)
  • Memory (2 classes)
  • Thinking, language, and intelligence (2 classes)
  • Motivation (2 classes)
  • Emotions, stress, and health (3 classes)
  • Personality (3 classes)
  • Psychological discorders (2 classes)
  • Therapy (2 classes)
  • Social psychology (2 classes)
  • Exam periods (2 classes)

Coordinator
Dr. Alicia Domack



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