San José State University
General Psychology, 1 - Section 6 , Spring 2010
Instructor: Harriet Pila
Office Location: DMH 318
Office Hours: Monday 8:45 pm - 9:30pm and Wednesday 5:45-6:45pm
GE Area: D1 (Human Behavior)
Required Text Psychology: Think Psychology
URL for Class information:
It is not Opra nor is it Dr Phil, but it will be an opportunity to learn about psychology. In
doing so, students will be presented with a diverse body of information about the field of
No specific area will be emphasized to a great extent but rather
psychology will be presented as a discipline which includes many areas of study. This is
a 3 credit, no prerequisite course. Psychology is a diverse field that seeks to describe,
explain, predict, and influence behavior, cognition, emotion, and physiology. This course
will cover “the study of perception, attention, learning, remembering, thinking, and
development of the individual, intelligence, aptitudes, emotion, motivation, adjustment
and conflict” (SJSU course catalog).
Students will develop and demonstrate an understanding of differences in cultural value
orientation, social-instructional contextual realities, and personal-situational construction
of everyday life events. This understanding will allow students to evaluate and apply a
variety of technical concepts and principles to understanding the behavior of individuals.
Students will gain an understanding of how and why people think, feel, and act as they
do in adapting to their everyday environments. Such an understanding should enhance
each student’s quality of life, educational experience, personal effectiveness, and sense
of fulfillment in matters related to health, work, and interpersonal relationships.
Course Goals and Student Learning Objectives
This course qualifies as an Area D1 (Human Behavior) course in your General
Education requirements. Social Science courses should increase the student’s
understanding of human behavior and social interaction in the context of value systems,
economic structures, political institutions, social groups, and natural environments.
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