Psych 101 Syllabus

Psych 101 Syllabus - Psychology 101 Fall 2010 Section 002...

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Psychology 101: Fall 2010 Section 002 General Psychology Syllabus Time: MWF 11:30am-12:20pm Location: 142 Life Sciences Building Professor: Dr. Amy Bohnert Office: 241 Coffey Hall Office Hours: Mondays 2:30-4pm, Thursdays 12-1:30pm & by appointment Phone: 508-2961 Email: [email protected] Teaching Assistant: Nicole Arola Office: 208 Coffey Hall Office Hours: By appointment Email: [email protected] Course Description: The purpose of this course is to provide an overview of the topics, theories, and approaches that are central to the field of psychology. The scope of psychology is broad, ranging from the study of neuronal organization of the visual system to examination of the interaction patterns of group members. Students will be introduced to research findings in all the main areas of psychology. As part of the course, you will be encouraged to think about psychological theory and research in three different ways: critically/analytically, creatively/generatively, and practically using real-life applications of psychological material. This is a CORE course focusing on enhancing SCIENTIFIC LITERACY or SOCIETAL/CULTURAL KNOWLEDGE as well as CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS and DISPOSITIONS . Students will also become familiar with research methods which include both quantitative and qualitative analysis. Learning Objectives: 1. The student will develop a basis for understanding psychology from a historical perspective, including recognition of both the field’s strengths and weaknesses. 2. The student will become familiar with specific fundamental psychological theories, concepts, and research & encouraged to think critically and analytically about this material. In class discussions, the student will be asked to consider strengths and limitations of various psychological theories and research as well as generating possible solutions to address limitations. 3. The student will understand the scientific method and its utilization in psychological research. The student will be encouraged to design experiments during numerous in-class activities, and will be required to participate in several research lab experiments during the semester. The student will develop an appreciation for how psychological research informs public policy. 4. The student will explore the various ethical issues that have arisen historically in psychological research and practice involving animals and humans. The implications of these issues for future research and our collective knowledge will be discussed. 5. The student will be encouraged to think about applications of psychological theory and research to everyday life in a way that allows for promotion of individual and collective well-being.
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Required Readings: Passner, M. & Smith, R. (2010). Psychology: The Science of Mind and Behavior. ( 5th ed ) United States: McGraw Hill Publishers. This book is available to buy or rent at Beck’s Bookstore and the Loyola Bookstore both on Sheridan Rd. You
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