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Introduction to Psychology

Learning Outcomes

This course provides a survey of the field of psychology as it relates to an understanding of human behavior. It will trace the development of psychology from its earliest antecedents to the present. Students will study and chronicle the major “schools” of psychology. The focus will discuss and consider the appropriate use of psychological theory and principles in contemporary society.

Topics featured will include biological processes, sensation, perception, developmental processes, learning and memory, motivation and emotion, personality, stress, psychopathology, and social behavior. Students will have the opportunity for self assessment as well as for teacher guidance and assessment throughout the course including the preparation and finalization of two semester Problem Solving Projects, which focus on research, organization, and drafting strategies. The course covers scientific terminology, historical and cultural advances in psychology, vocabulary building, test taking strategies, and several simulated labs, hands-on labs, the essay, workplace documents, and science projects using the scientific method.

All courses are written to California Department of Education standards and to national standards, as applicable.