General Psychology is a survey course which introduces the student to the major topics in scientific psychology as applied to human behavior. Applications of these principles will be made to the human experience.
This undergraduate course is 5 weeks.
Attendance and participation are mandatory in all university courses, and specific requirements may differ by course. If attendance requirements are not met, a student may be removed from the course. Please review the Course Attendance Policy in the Catalog for more information.
Topics and Objectives
Introduction to Psychology and Human Development
- Differentiate between the various subfields of psychology.
- Analyze various research methods used in this field.
- Determine the guidelines you should apply to the evaluation of psychological research and practices.
- Describe how children acquire language.
States of Consciousness, Conditioning, and Memory
- Identify the symptoms caused by different categories of drugs.
- Explain the conditioning processes involved in learning.
- Define unconditioned stimulus, conditioned stimulus, reinforcement, shaping, and extinction.
- Describe long- and short-term memory.
Motivation and Personality
- Distinguish between the different personality theories.
- Explain the various theories of motivation.
Psychological Disorders and Treatment
- Analyze symptoms of psychological disorders.
- Compare therapies designed for each school of thought in psychology for treating mental disorders.
- Explain the severity of autism spectrum disorder.
- Describe the four ways that groups affect people.
- Analyze conformity and social influence.
- Distinguish between prejudice and discrimination.
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