cover “the study of perception, attention, learning, remembering, thinking, development of the
individual, intelligence, aptitudes, emotion, motivation, adjustment and conflict” (SJSU course
The following key ideas will be invoked as recurrent themes in the course:
1. The interplay between theory and data in the development of psychology as a science.
2. An integrated, holistic-organismic (i.e., mind-body) approach to the study of behavior and
3. The contextual nature of human development and experience.
4. The view that individual differences in many areas (e.g., gender, race, ethnicity, knowledge, beliefs,
interests, skills, abilities, religious and sexual practices, interpersonal styles) are not just a fact of life
but are potential assets to social and subjective well-being.
Course Goals and Student Learning Objectives
Students will be assessed for knowledge acquired relating to each of the five learning objectives listed
below. Assessment opportunities will occur throughout the semester and may include: (a) exam questions
(e.g., multiple choice, essay, fill in the blank, matching); (b) writing assignments (e.g., short reports,
essays, article summaries, or reaction papers), (c) class discussions (e.g., individual participation, small
groups, or via Blackboard discussion boards); (d) in-class activities (e.g., quizzes, group work, individual
assignments, questions pertaining to films/videos presented); and (e) take-home assignments/homework
(e.g., worksheets, data collection activities, projects, library tutorials, web-based exercises or activities).