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52400 - PSYC 100 Introduction to Psychology Spring 2009...

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PSYC 100 Introduction to Psychology Spring 2009 “Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.” Robert Frost “If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favorable.” Seneka Meeting Information: TTh: 9:30 -10:50, SGM 124 Instructor: Kim Lindsey Office: SGM 529 Email: lindsey@usc.edu Office hours: TTh: 11:10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and by appointment TA information will be on Blackboard Discussion Time Location 52401R W. 9:00-9:50am 26 of 26 GFS107 Randi 52402R F. 11:00-11:50am 25 of 25 GFS223 Michelle 52403R W. 11:00-11:50am 25 of 25 GFS229 Randi 52404R M. 9:00-9:50am 25 of 25 GFS107 Kris 52405R F. 1:00-1:50pm 25 of 25 VHE206 Michelle 52406R F. 9:00-9:50am 16 of 25 GFS107 Kris Required Textbook Ciccarelli, Saundra K., & White, J. Noland. (2009). Psychology 2 nd ed., Upper Saddle River, New Jersey, Pearson Education Inc. Course Overview: This course is a comprehensive introduction to the subject areas and theoretical perspectives in the field of psychology. Topics covered include brain structure and function, learning, memory, development, intelligence, personality, psychological disorders, approaches to therapy and social behavior. Course Objectives: You will learn the various degree types and activities open to those trained in psychology, including teaching, conducting research, providing therapy, developing tests, and consulting in business and industry. You will learn how behavior is understood and modified within the various perspectives of the field. An important goal is for you to develop a healthy scientific skepticism for what you read and hear about the causes of functional and dysfunctional behavior. Hopefully, you will learn something valuable to your own life - perhaps a new study method, a new perspective on your own or others’ actions, or strategies to avoid problems and maximize your health and fulfillment in life. Below is a more formal list of the learning objectives of the course: § To understand how the scientific method is applied in order to increase our knowledge of behavior and underlying mental processes § To learn how to think critically about theory and research in psychology and how to apply the same critical thinking methods to other courses and to everyday life. § To learn the major features and origins of the broad theoretical systems in psychology. § To understand the biological and environmental influences on behavior.
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§ To learn about some of the major applications of psychological theory and research. Course Format and Requirements: Class meetings will follow a lecture/discussion format, and will often include video clips and sometimes full-length films depicting an aspect of the field of psychology being covered in the chapter for that week. These films will be followed by discussions and will include either in-class or take home quizzes.
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