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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/PlanWeek 1: Introduction: What is Psychology?
Week 2: Science and Methodology in Psychology
Week3: Philosophy and Psychology
Week4: Evolution and Psychology
Week5: Freud and Psychoanalysis
Week6: Pavlov and Behavior Therapy
Week7: Skinner and Behaviorism
Week8: Gestalt Psychology
Week9: Beck and Cognitive Therapy
Week10: Maslow and Humanistic Psychology
Week11: Biopsychology and the Brain
Week 12: Cross-cultural Psychology
Week 13: Piaget and Developmental Psychology
Week 14: Social Psychology
Week15: Final Overview