Introduction to Psychology
PSYC 100 (Class # 70574)
Room ESC-501; MW 9:45-11:35AM
Jenée James Jackson, Ph.D.
An introduction to historical and contemporary psychological research and thought.
Topics will include biological psychology, perception, consciousness, memory, language, problem solving,
intelligence, emotions, personality, psychotherapy, social interactions, and development. Emphasis will be placed
on the science of psychology and the ways psychological science has impacted our understanding of human
nature and behavior. The course format will include lecture, discussion, and in-class activities. By the end this
course you should be able to:
Explain how the mind, brain, and body are inseparable, and how thoughts, feelings, and behaviors
are biologically based.
Describe the various sub-disciplines that make up the psychological sciences (social, personality,
development, cognitive, evolutionary, neuroscience, etc.) and their associated theoretical
Understand guiding questions and theories
Understand research methods and associated terminology
Explain how major psychological theories, principles, and findings relate to everyday behavior.
Evaluate appropriateness of conclusions of psychological research.
STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES:
Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:
Demonstrate familiarity with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and
historical trends in psychology.
Understand and apply basic research methods in psychology, including research design, data analysis, and
Respect and use critical and creative thinking, skeptical inquiry, and, when possible, the scientific
approach to solve problems related to behavior and mental processes.
Understand and apply psychological principles to personal, social, and organizational issues.
Weigh evidence, tolerate ambiguity, act ethically, and reflect other values that are the underpinnings of
psychology as a discipline.