College of Social Sciences
PSY/211 Version 3
Essentials of Psychology
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This course overviews the foundations of psychology as the field applies to everyday life. The physical and mental aspects of psychology are traced through lifespan development with emphasis on psychological health and wellness. Further study focuses on personality; thinking, learning and memory; motivation and emotions; and gender and sexuality. Based in various historical traditions, the course is set in the context of contemporary psychological principles.
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Hockenbury D. H. & Hockenbury S. E. (2014) Discovering psychology (6th ed.). New York, NY: Worth Publishers.
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Week One: A Brief History of Psychology The Brain and Mind
1.1 Describe the major perspectives in the field of psychology.
1.2 Identify research methods used by psychologists.
1.3 Identify major ethical issues in the field of psychology research.
1.4 Identify major structures and functions of the brain.
Read Ch. 1 of Discovering Psychology.
Read Ch. 2 of Discovering Psychology.
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