This course introduces students to the history of learning theories, and the development of current theories of learning such as classical conditioning, operant conditioning and observational learning. An emphasis is on the basic methods of inquiry, as well as on applications of learning theories to areas such as education, business and behavioral change. This course is well-suited to students interested in education, as well as psychology, and is often preparation for graduate study in psychology and education.
- Apply knowledge to contemporary problems as they relate to the topic of learning.
- Develop and communicate alternative explanations for experimental results in this field.
- Focus on applications of learning theories to areas such as education, business and behavioral change.
- Learn the scientific methods of inquiry used to investigate learning.
- Learn theories in psychology related to learning from both a historical and contemporary perspective.
- 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.