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Gain an Introduction to Psychology


This undergraduate-level online course is designed to introduce students to the exciting field of psychology. Students explore a range of topics including cognition and language, sensation and perception, memory, personality, intelligence, health, stress, and coping, social psychology, and psychological disorders. Research methods, historical trends and theories, critical analysis used in contemporary psychology are also covered.  The course is appropriate for students who have not taken a psychology course and those interested in a refresher. 

This course is designed to make concepts and theories presented in psychology beneficial in everyday life, regardless of what your career and educational goals are. This course uses a combination of online lectures, videos, podcasts, and short news articles.

Goals and Objectives

  • Understand human behavior and functioning from a psychological theory perspective and describe the usefulness of this approach to understanding individual and group behavior
  • Know how to identify and describe the major theoretical approaches in historical and current psychological works.  Critically analyze these approaches by listing their strengths and limitations
  • Describe major influences on an individual’s psychological development across the lifespan. Including but not limited to: negative environmental conditions, internal drives, social influence, stress/coping mechanisms, and psychological disorders
  • Explore and identify your values and ideas about human psychological development

Course Number: PSYC-40028
Credit: 4.50 unit(s)
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