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IntroPSYSyllabusRenken - PSYC 100 Introduction to...

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PSYC 100 Introduction to Psychology Course Meeting Information: Monday/Wednesday 8:30-9:50 am MRF340 Course Instructor: Dr. Ann Renken Office: SGM 529 Office hours: Tuesday and Thursday 11am-12:20pm and also briefly after class meetings as needed. Contact: arenken@usc.edu Required Texts (it is recommended that you purchase them bundled at the bookstore at a discount): Kosslyn, S. M. & Rosenberg, R. S. (2006). Psychology in context Stanovich, K. E. (2007). How to think straight about psychology (8 th ed.) Discussion Sections Teaching Assistant 52409R Monday 12:00-12:50pm SGM226 Jared Reser 52420R Tuesday 12:00-12:50pm VKC110 Trish George 52410R Wednesday 12:00-12:50pm SGM226 Jared Reser 52421R Thursday 12:00-12:50pm VKC110 Trish George Course Overview: This course is a comprehensive introduction to the subject areas and approaches in the field of psychology. We will cover nervous system structure and function, learning and memory, language, intelligence, psychological disorders and therapies, development, personality, and social behavior. Attention will be given to both research methodology and application. The course will be as interactive as possible and students are encouraged to contribute to class by participating in demonstrations and asking questions. Discussion sections are particularly designed to enhance student involvement and learning. Course Objectives: This course provides a comprehensive overview of what psychologists do and the content of the subdisciplines of psychology. You will learn the various degree types and activities open to those trained in psychology, including teaching, conducting research, providing therapy, developing tests, and consulting in business and industry. You will learn how behavior is understood and modified from the various perspectives (paradigms) in the field. An important goal is for you to develop a healthy scientific skepticism for what you read and hear about the causes of functional and dysfunctional behavior. Hopefully, you will learn something valuable to your own life - perhaps a new study method, a new way to understand your own or others’ actions, or strategies to avoid problems and maximize your health and fulfillment in life. These goals can be achieved if you will make an effort to attend all the classes. Below is a more formal list of the goals for the class. § To understand how the scientific method is applied in order to increase our knowledge of behavior and underlying mental processes § To learn how to think critically about theory and research in psychology and how to apply the same critical thinking methods to other courses and to everyday life. This includes how data is collected and interpreted through research. § To learn the major features and origins of the broad theoretical systems in psychology.
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