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Course NameIntroduction to Psychology
InstructorYoung, Jerome
MajorLiberal Arts Core Subjects
Course goalsThe goal of this class is to give students a comprehensive introduction to psychology.
Course outlineThis class will introduce students to many different topics and themes in psychology. As an introductory course, we will be concerned with a few basic questions: What is psychology? How is it different from psychiatry and psychotherapy? To what extent is psychology “scientific”? To answer these questions we will examine the ideas of some of the most influential thinkers in psychology, such as Freud, Jung, Pavlov, Skinner, Piaget, and Maslow. We will assess the merits and demerits of these, and other, perspectives in psychology.
Evaluation Scale and PoliciesFinal grades will be based on attendance, active class participation, successful completion of all homework assignments, presentations, and a final report.
Texts, materials, and suppliesPhotocopies of readings and worksheets will be distributed in class.
Course Schedule/PlanW1: Introduction: What is Psychology?
W2: Science and Methodology in Psychology
W3: Philosophy and Psychology
W4: Personality
W5: Freud and Psychoanalysis
W6: Skinner and Behaviorism
W7: Piaget and Developmental Psychology
W8: Thinking, Language, and Intelligence
W9: Beck and Cognitive Therapy
W10: Maslow and Humanistic Psychology
W11: Biopsychology and the Brain
W12: Cross-cultural Psychology
W13: Social Psychology
W14: Final Overview
W15: Review of final reports