Introductory Psychology

Keene State College

May 20, 2013 to Jul 5, 2013
Cost per enrollment: Free

Enrollment Closed

Full course description

This course is ideal for students who would like to build their foundational knowledge of the field of psychology. It also provides an introduction for anyone who is interested in the enduring understanding of the field of psychology such as:

-Psychology is the scientific study of behavior and mental processes.
-Intuition and introspection are helpful to understanding psychology, but often fail us.
-The evolution of Psychology as a discipline is one which moves from intuition and introspection towards a more scientific approach.
-Different schools of Psychology investigate different aspects of the effects of environment and biology on behavior; there is no one "right" approach.

Learning objectives for this course are:

  1. To identify theoretical underpinnings of the major areas of psychology, including cognition (thought, memory, perception), learning, personality, social and environmental influences, development, and physiology of behavior.
  2. To explain different models of human behavior based on science versus intuition or general ways of knowing.
  3. To recognize ways of pursuing questions in Psychology via discussion of theory and empirical research
  4. To describe connections between knowledge gained in Psychology to everyday life.