Introduction to Psychology
MWF 9:00-11:50am, GFS 220
Dr. Ann Renken
Lillienfeld, S., Lynn, S., Namy, L. & Woolf, N. (2009). Psychology: From Inquiry to Understanding. Boston, MA:
Pearson/Allyn & Bacon.
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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.
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.
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.