Dec 06, 2022
PSY 211W - Introduction to PsychologyCredits: 4
Instructional Contact Hours: 4
Studies the scientific principles underlying behavior and mental processes by applying the major theoretical perspectives in psychology. Explores basic research methods, biopsychology, personality, learning, cognition, human development, social/cultural influences, stress and coping, perception, motivation, sexuality and gender, states of consciousness, psychological disorders and treatment. Credit may be earned in only one of the following: PSY 211W, PSY 211HW , or PSY 211CW .
Prerequisite(s): READING LEVEL 3 and WRITING LEVEL 3
Lecture Hours: 60 Lab Hours: 0
Meets MTA Requirement: Social Science
Outcomes and Objectives
- Describe key concepts, principles, or overarching themes in psychology.
- Use psychological terminology and concepts accurately to explain behavior and mental processes.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the power of the context (including the sociocultural context) in shaping conclusions about individual behavior (e.g., personality traits, abilities).
- Identify key characteristics and principles of major content domains (e.g., neuroscience, learning, memory) in psychology.
- Relate major historical events, theoretical perspectives, and figures in psychology to trends in contemporary research.
- Demonstrate an understanding of scientific inquiry.
- Critically evaluate the quality of research including asking relevant questions to gather information about scientific claims.
- Explain the scientific foundations in psychology, including the advantages and disadvantages of the various experimental and non-experimental research methodologies.
- Apply ethical standards to evaluate psychological science and practice.
- Describe practical applications of psychology.
- Identify factors that influence psychological and physical health.
- Identify antecedents and consequences of behavior and mental processes.
- Understand individual and sociocultural differences and how they influence beliefs, values, and interactions.
- Utilize effective writing to show an understanding of basic psychological concepts.
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