Psychology is a semester-long survey course offering a brief overview of psychological theory and application. This course provides students the opportunity to explore psychology as the scientific study of human and animal behavior. Areas of study within this general survey may include a brief history of psychology, a survey of the major theoretical perspectives in psychology, an understanding of research methods used in psychology, life-span development, cognition, intelligence and exceptionalities, and personality theories. It is the overall content goal that students would demonstrate an acceptable degree of mastery of the basic concepts, principles, and processes of psychology. This psychology course should provide substantive content and opportunity to explore human differences to explain differences in behavior.
Learning Outcomes: Nuanced language specific to the field Understanding of “nature vs. nurture” conflict Multiple perspectives on human behavior Understanding of diverse behaviors Brief understanding of applications of theory into practice
“Revolutions in Thought”: Topics: Enlightenment, Revolutions of the 17th & 18th Century. Student Concepts: Analyze how the Enlightenment ideas impacted human thought. Compare the causes, character and consequences of revolutions influenced by Enlightenment thought. Understand how Napoleon is a product of the French Revolution and analyze his impact on Europe.
“Revolutions in Production”: Topics: Industrialization, Agricultural Advances, Technological Innovations, New Economic Systems, Ideological and Social Reactions Student Concepts: Evaluate the characteristics of the Agricultural Revolution that occurred in England and Western Europe. Investigate the major characteristics of the Industrial Revolution. Analyze the political, economic, and social reactions to the Industrial Revolution.
“Imperialism and Nationalism”: Topics: European and East Asian Imperialism and the impact on the Middle East, Africa, South America and Southeast Asia
Student Concepts: Evaluate the rise of nationalism in Western Europe. Analyze the process of imperialism in Africa and Asia.
Analyze the reactions and challenges to foreign imperialism in Africa and Asia