Segment A of Psychology teaches that the field of psychology covers a vast area to include therapy, education, psychological disorders, industry, and animal training. It also explains the wide variety of methods psychologists use to gather data such as observations, experiments, surveys, and tests. Psychology deals chiefly with the personality, but not all psychologists agree on how personalities are developed. Genetics, environment, and culture can influence personality, and development is a lifelong process including physical, social, language, cognitive, moral, and gender aspects. This part of the course also deals with the conscious and unconscious states, understanding that mental and physical aspects of consciousness are intertwined. Hypnosis, sleep and psychoactive drugs influence our state of conscious awareness. Students learn that while there is no definitive purpose to dreams, there are many theories explaining their meanings or purposes.

Segment B of this course teaches that some researchers have suggested that intelligence is a single, general ability, while others believe that intelligence encompasses a range of aptitudes, skills, and talents. Some researchers believe animals can think. This part of the course will address such questions as:

• What is behaviorism, and how do behaviorists study learning?
• What are the principles of classical and operant conditioning, and how do they affect our learning?
• Why do people behave differently in groups than they would individually?
• How do social norms and rules govern most of our behavior?

Students will study psychological disorders such as anxiety disorders, mood disorders, personality disorders, drug abuse & addiction, dissociative identity disorder and schizophrenia.

PRE-REQUISITES: None

ESTIMATED COMPLETION TIME: For both segments 32-36 weeks or approximately 125 – 135 hours

MAJOR TOPICS AND CONCEPTS — SEGMENT A

What is Psychology?

  • The History of Psychology
  • What Psychologists Do
  • Descriptive Studies
  • Correlational Studies
  • Experiments
  • Evaluating the Findings

Theories of Personality

  • Psychodynamic Theories of Personality
  • Other Psychodynamic Approaches
  • The Modern Study of Personality
  • The Genetic Contribution
  • Environmental Influences on Personality
  • Cultural Influences on Personality
  • The Inner Experience

Development over a Lifespan

  • Prenatal Development
  • Infant Reflexes
  • Attachments
  • Language Development
  • Cognitive Development
  • Moral Development
  • Gender Development
  • Adolescent Development
  • Adult Development

Consciousness

  • Biological Rhythms
  • The Rhythms of Sleep
  • Realms of Sleep
  • Exploring the Dream World
  • Hypnosis
  • Consciousness-Altering Drugs

MAJOR TOPICS AND CONCEPTS — SEGMENT B

Thinking and Intelligence

  • Thought: Using What We Know
  • Reasoning Rationally
  • Barriers to Reasoning Rationally
  • Intelligence
  • Origins of Intelligence
  • Animal Minds

Learning

  • Classical Conditioning
  • Classical Conditioning in Real Life
  • Operant Conditioning
  • Principles of Operant Conditioning
  • Operant Conditioning in Real Life
  • Learning and the Mind

Social Psychology

  • Roles and Rules
  • Attributions
  • Attitudes
  • Individuals in Groups
  • Disobedience and Dissent
  • Group Identity
  • Group Conflict

Psychological Disorders

  • Defining and Diagnosing Mental Disorders
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Mood Disorders
  • Personality Disorders
  • Drug Abuse and Addiction
  • Dissociative Identity Disorder
  • Schizophrenia

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SEGMENT A

SEGMENT B