B CUSP 170
Surveys major areas of psychological science. Core topics include human social behavior, personality, psychological disorders and treatment, learning, memory, human development, biological influences, and research methods. Related topics may include sensation, perception, states of consciousness, thinking, intelligence, language, motivation, emotion, stress and health, cross-cultural psychology, and applied psychology. Offered: AWSp.
The field of psychology is richly complex and diverse. For example, developmental psychologists study child development, early learning, and our changing abilities over the life span. Biological psychologists explore the links between brain and mind. Cognitive psychologist experiment with how we perceive, think and solve problems. Personality psychologists investigate our inner traits. Social psychologists explore how we view and affect one another. Industrial/organizational psychologists study and advise on behavior in the workplace. Others, such as clinical psychologists, psychiatrists and family counselors, support individuals and families with mental health-related services.
This course examines the biological and social processes that contribute to individual thinking and patterns of behavior. Students will develop a “psychological lens,” to be able to make thoughtful observations of human behavior, and identify psychological principles in individual behavior, family practices and social programs. The themes we will cover in this course include: 1. Developmental Psychology 2. Biological Psychology 3. Behavioral Psychology 4. Cognitive Psychology 5. Psychological Disorders & Treatment Models
Student learning goals
1. Understand some important psychological terms and concepts and communicate effectively with these in writing.
2. Apply principles of psychology to better understand yourself and your world.
3. Recognize differences among the perspectives of several different sub-fields of psychology by thinking critically, creatively, and reflectively.
4. Critically assess media discourse, web resources, and popular discourse of psychology to become an informed consumer of information
5. Find information, and take responsibility for your own learning
General method of instruction
Class assignments and grading