General Course Description

This course presents basic psychology as a social science and promotes curiosity about the causes of human behaviour. The course will help students to become more self-aware and knowledgeable about their relationships with others.

Some of the topics we will explore in this course include, but are not limited to: perception, communication, learning, memory, decision-making, belief systems, dreams, emotions, persuasion, and motivation.

We will consider how the above aspects of the mind are formed, how they differ in people, how they are wired in the brain, and how they break down due to illness and injury.

You will also learn about the methods psychologists apply in their science and practice. In addition, you will be exposed to the psychological facts, principles, and phenomena associated with each of the major psychological perspectives.

Overarching Goals

A.  To understand human nature in ourselves and in others.
B.  To develop knowledge, skills, and attitudes to apply in our lives.
C.  To introduce the systematic and scientific study of human behavior and mental processes.
D.  To use essential skills to analyze, synthesize, and evaluate ideas and arguments.
E.  To engage in high level discussions of issues and topics related to the field of psychology.
F.  To have fun and to take a more active and meaningful role in managing our lives.