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General Psychology (PSYC 1110)

Total Credits: 4
Lecture Credits: 4

Description: This course is an introduction to the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. You will learn about a variety of topics such as the history of psychology, psychological research, the brain, memory, learning, social influence, motivation, emotion, personality, psychological disorders and therapy.

Topical Outline:
1. Introduction to Psychology, its history and Research Methods
2. Neuroscience and Behavior: the central nervous system, sensation & perception, states of consciousness, motivation and emotion
3. Psychosocial Dynamics: human development, personality & assessment, and social psychology
4. Cognition: language, learning, memory, intelligence
5. Psychological disorders, treatments, therapies, coping with stress and health

Learning Outcomes:
1. Demonstrate an understanding of key topics in psychology
2. Adopt the framework of Psychological Science (correctly use terminology and concepts, engage in scientific problem-solving) and describe scientific research methods used in Psychology
3. Compare and contrast the major theoretical approaches to Psychology
4. Apply course concepts to one’s own daily life and demonstrate an understanding and appreciation for aspects of human diversity as it applies to psychology
5. Utilize critical thinking skills to evaluate information quality, distinguish between causation and correlation, and adopt multiple perspectives for a given problem
6. Describe the history of psychology and how it is distinct from related disciplines such as sociology and philosophy

Prerequisites:  Placement into READ 0200 or ESOL 0052 or completion of READ 0100 or ESOL 0042

MnTC: Goal 5: History and the Social and Behavioral Sciences