This course introduces students to scientific and applied psychology, and suggests its application to everyday life. The course familiarizes students with concepts, principles, research methods and theories of psychology.
- Understand the Scope of Psychology, the various areas in which psychologists work and do research and the scientific methods used to study psychology.
- Know various perspectives and theories of Psychology from contemporary and historical perspectives and how different perspectives address the same question.
- Gain a basic knowledge of Psychology sufficient to be prepared for advanced courses in Psychology and/or conduct conversations with others familiar with psychological theories and terms.
- Understand the helping and treatment side of psychology and how psychological theories are used to help people lead more productive lives.
- Gain the ability to apply Psychology to understand relevant events in the media and your own life.
- Employ the methods and data that historians and social and behavioral scientists use to investigate the human condition.
- Examine social institutions and processes across a range of historical periods and cultures.
- Use and critique alternative explanatory systems or theories.
- Develop and communicate alternative explanations or solutions for contemporary social issues.