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Syllabus_Psych100_S08revised - PSYCHOLOGY 100 GENERAL...

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PSYCHOLOGY 100 GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY Spring 2008 MW 3:30-4:45pm Instructor: Corianne Rogalsky, M.A. Office: PSY 109 E-mail address: [email protected] Office Hours: Monday & Wednesday, 5-6pm Student Assistant: Andrea Rotterman Office: PSY 338 Email address: [email protected] Office Hours: Tuesday and Thursday, 1:15-3:15pm Required Text: Myers, David G. (2007). Psychology, 8 th Edition. New York: Worth Publishers. This syllabus is provided as an aid to you in completing this course. The following information includes class policies, what you can expect during the semester, and, in turn, what is expected of you. You are held responsible for understanding these procedures and requirements and for abiding by them throughout the course. Keep this syllabus in a convenient place, and refer to it often for questions regarding grading, policies, and important dates. Course Description: Welcome to General Psychology. Psychology is the science of behavior and mental processes. In this class, we will dive into all the different realms that the study of psychology encompasses. We will discuss theories on why people act the way they do. We will learn a little more about ourselves and people in general. We will cover topics like language, memory, motivation, thinking, and personality theory, and talk about people like Aristotle, William James, Sigmund Freud, Hubel & Wiesel, and B.F. Skinner. Get ready to think about the things that are obvious and the things that have never crossed your mind. Get ready to be a psychology student! Technically speaking, this course will provide you with a broad, general introduction to psychology -- its basic subject matter, its approaches to gathering and evaluating evidence about the causes and correlates of behavior and also the means by which psychological knowledge is (or can be) applied to improve the quality of individual and communal life. Because Psy 100 is a general education course, this course will also provide you with opportunities to acquire certain skills which are useful not only in the context of investigating, understanding, and influencing human behavior but which can be applied to other aspects of life. Course Objectives: Knowledge of Human Behavior While having memory for facts about human behavior is useful and necessary, this course views real knowledge about human behavior as involving much more than simple storage of such facts. Knowledge of human behavior is meant here to include: (a) an understanding of and ability to use certain fundamental concepts, principles and processes involved in human behavior; (b) awareness of major psychological
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approaches to the study of the behavior of organisms; (c) knowledge of its origins and important contributors; (d) awareness of the major problems and issues in psychology; (e) the capacity to interpret research findings; (f) an understanding of the nature and the limitations of its methodology.
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