PSY 2012 (Section 3)
Stacey Tantleff Dunn, Ph.D.
Mondays 9-11 am, 2-4 pm and Wednesdays 9-11am, or by appointment
Psychology (4th Edition)
by Saul Kassin (2004) Prentice Hall. (It's a good
text and a worthwhile investment).
COURSE OVERVIEW AND OBJECTIVES
This course is designed to provide students
with an introduction to the wide range of areas within psychology, including experimental
psychology, developmental psychology, social psychology, personality theory, and abnormal
psychology. Students will become aware of the scientific, research-based nature of the field and they will be able to
critically examine “psychological” information presented in popular culture. In addition, diversity issues will be
integrated throughout the readings and lectures in an effort to increase awareness and sensitivity to multicultural
aspects of psychology.
The course is designed to include students as
participants in the learning process. Although the instructor
will lecture, there will be many opportunities for class discussion and exercises. In
addition, students will be assigned to "learning teams." These teams will meet
during class time to complete challenges (fun assignments), to review materials and
share information in preparation for quizzes and exams, and to support one another
throughout the course. This is a wonderful opportunity to get to know your peers and
to improve your performance in the course…all while having lots of fun and
The course is worth a total of 200 points.
: By nature of being an introductory course, this class covers a great deal of information. Based on
overwhelmingly positive feedback from past classes, I believe that taking frequent quizzes is an effective way of
keeping up with the reading and assessing your understanding of the material as we move along through the
course. Therefore, we will have a short quiz every other week. Each multiple-choice quiz will cover the material
from the previous two weeks (material from both
the text and lectures, non-cumulative). Each quiz will consist of
26 multiple-choice questions, but you will be graded on 25 of them. The “freebie” question is designed to make up
for occasional quiz questions that are unclear or problematic in some way. So, if you don’t like a question, it doesn’t
count. If you get all of the questions right, you get a free point. In addition, your lowest quiz score will be dropped.