Introduction to Psychology - 1st year

Introduction to general psychology as the science of the human mind and behavior. The course will examine the different models upon which modern psychology has been built, along with such things as the history and origins of psychology, research methods, biological aspects of psychology, human development, perception, consciousness, learning, personality theory, and psychological disorders.


By the end of the course, students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate understanding of the terminology used in psychology;

2. Identify research models and relate the findings of research to life situations;

3. Demonstrate understanding of the different theoretical approaches to psychology and be able to articulate the different assumptions behind them;

4. Apply psychology practically to problems confronting them in society;

5. Use psychological techniques to explain various aspects of human cognition and behavior;

6. Demonstrate understanding of the workings of their own consciousness, behavior, and Interpersonal relationships.


Course topics will include the following:

1. Introduction to psychology

2. Biology, sensation, and perception

3. States of consciousness

4. Learning

5. Memory

6. Cognition and learning

7. Intelligence

8. Motivation and Emotion

9. Psychology of development

10. Personality theory

11. Abnormal behavior

12. Psychotherapy

13. Social psychology and non-verbal behavior

14. Psychology of love and attraction

Method of Instruction:

1. Lectures

2. Class discussion

3. Small group discussion

4. Student presentations

5. Video

Types of Assignments:

1. Research papers based on library and/or field research on a topic selected in consultation with the professor

2. Student group in-class presentations of a topic selected in consultation with the professor

3. Exams

4. Small group discussions and in-class presentations of assigned topics

Sample Text:

1. Invitation to Psychology (C. Travers and C.P. Wade, 1999)

2. Study Guide for Invitation to Psychology (C. Travers and C.P. Wade, 1999)