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IntroPSYCSyllabusRenken - PSYC 100 Introduction to...

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PSYC 100 Introduction to Psychology Summer, 2008 Meeting Information: MWF 9:00-11:50am, GFS 220 Instructor: Dr. Ann Renken Office: SGM 529 Email: arenken@usc.edu Office hours: MWF 11:50am-12:20pm Required Textbook Lillienfeld, S., Lynn, S., Namy, L. & Woolf, N. (2009). Psychology: From Inquiry to Understanding. Boston, MA: Pearson/Allyn & Bacon. If you purchase a new text, it comes with access to www.mypsychlab.com , which includes an electronic version of the text plus study tools, practice quizzes, video clips and more. Access to this site is not required but is recommended as a supplement to lecture. Course Overview: This course is a comprehensive introduction to the subject areas and theoretical perspectives in the field of psychology. Topics covered include nervous system structure and function, learning and memory, language, intelligence, psychological disorders and therapies, development, personality, and social behavior. The course will be as interactive as possible and students are encouraged to contribute to class by participating in demonstrations and asking questions. 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 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. Below is a more formal list of the learning objectives of the course: § 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. § To learn the major features and origins of the broad theoretical systems in psychology.
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