Mind and Society
Standard letter grades
Contact hours total
WR 060 (or higher) or minimum placement Wr/Comm Level 5.
Emphasizes psychology as a scientific process, surveying methods of inquiry. Overview of selected areas of psychological study including: human development through the life span; human sexuality; health psychology; personality theories and assessment; psychological disorders; intervention and therapy; social psychology, and human factors psychology. The major theoretical approaches to psychology are included.
1. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the methods and research designs used in the empirical study of psychology as a science. Students will be able to identify and discuss their understanding of ethical issues in psychological research
2. Students will be able to distinguish between the major historical schools of thought in psychology and the major current philosophies, and demonstrate an understanding of how these schools of thought continue to influence the field of psychology.
3. Students will be able to identify a normal sequence of human development (physical, cognitive, socio-emotional).
4. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the history of sexology, common sexual disorders and treatment, and societal issues related to human sexuality. Students will demonstrate an understanding of normal sexual development and maturation, sexual orientation, gender role development, and gender differences.
5. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the area of personality psychology, including its historical roots, current theories and lines of research, and personality testing.
6. Students will be able to identify specific psychological disorders (symptoms, prevalence, and etiology) and appropriate treatments.
7. Students will be able to identify and analyze issues relevant to health psychology, including the bio-psychosocial model of wellness, and the impact of lifestyle on physical and mental health.
8. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the influence of the social group on individual behavior. Students will analyze social factors in social cognition, social relations, and social influence on group processes.
9. Students will be able to identify the application of psychological principles across a variety of settings, including personal and professional.
10. Students will be able to identify main psychological themes discussed in peer-reviewed journal articles. In addition, students will be able to critically analyze complicated psychological principles through formal writing and in class-discussion.
General education/Related instruction lists
- Social Science
- Cultural Literacy