PSY 101 - Introduction to Psychology

Course Description

This course provides a broad, general introduction to psychology, its basic subject matter, and its approaches to gathering and evaluating evidence about the causes and correlates of behavior. It includes: a) awareness of major psychological approaches to the study of the behavior of organisms; b) knowledge of its important contributors; c) knowledge of research findings, and concepts; d) understanding of its methodology and limitations. Group 1 course.

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Recommended Prerequisites or Skills Competencies

Placement into ENG 111/11

General Education Outcomes supported by this course

Critical Thinking - Direct

Course Learning Outcomes

  • Identify the major psychological theories used to explain behavior.
  • Identify major contributors to psychology.
  • Describe the research methods used by psychologists (and their limitations).
  • Use key concepts/vocabulary to explain psychological phenomenon.
  • Apply psychological concepts to their own life and society.
  • Evaluate the key tensions in psychology.
  • Analyze real world problems using psychological concepts.
Human Dimension:
  • Become informed consumers of psychological knowledge.
Learning How to Learn:
  • Recognize the value in understanding psychology.