Division: Social and Behavioral Science
Department: Social Sciences
Course: PSY 1010
Title: General Psychology
Description: This course offers an introductory survey of general psychology theories and concepts with an emphasis on the scientific study of human behaviors and applications in daily life.
Student Learning Outcomes:
1) Explain social institutions, structures, and processes across a broad range of
historical periods and cultures from a social and behavioral science perspective.
Students will become knowledgeable about processes that effect human thought, emotion, and behavior. They will also gain a basic understanding of how culture and established social structures can influence individuals. This will be assessed through class discussion, personal reflection, written assignments, and tests/quizzes.
2) Develop and communicate hypothetical explanations for individual human behavior within the large-scale historical or social context. As emerging social scientists, students in Introduction to Psychology will learn how to apply existing theories about human behavior, develop new theories, and empirically test such theories. Students will also consider how influences outside the individual impact behaviors. This will be assessed through Collaborative Investigation Projects, Individual multimedia presentations, and written assignments.
3) Draw on the social and behavioral sciences to evaluate contemporary problems using social science research methodology. Similar to above, students in Introduction to Psychology will learn how to develop new theories about human behavior, apply existing theories, and empirically test such theories in the context of individual and social problems. This will be assessed through Collaborative Investigation Projects, Individual multimedia presentations, and written assignments.
4) Describe and analytically compare social, political, economic, cultural, geographical, and historical settings and processes other than one's own. Through a variety of media such as videos, readings, interviews, etc. students will be exposed to ideological, cultural, and social ideas that may challenge their paradigm. This challenge will provide them with a better understanding of themselves, others, and the social world in which they live. Students will be encouraged to respectfully examine these perspectives as adding value and variety to society and individual life. They will display this understanding in class discussion, reflection, and individual multimedia presentations.
5) Explain and use the social-scientific method to test research questions and draw conclusions. Introduction to Psychology Students will learn how to how to apply existing theories about human behavior, develop new theories, and empirically test such theories - using sound scientific methodology. Students will receive instruction in up-to-date and rigorous social science research methods, and will be required to use them in Collaborative Investigation Projects, Individual multimedia presentations, and written assignments.
6) Write effectively within the social science discipline, using correct disciplinary guidelines, to analyze, interpret, and communicate about social science phenomena. Students will acquire the skill of gathering, analyzing, and synthesizing academic literature in the field of psychology. They will become capable of adhering to APA writing standards and practices. This will be primarily accomplished with written assignments and collaborative investigation projects.