Course Number & Name:  PSY 101 General Psychology I:  Personality and Social Aspects

Credit Hours:  3.0            Contact Hours:  3.0          Lecture:  3.0       Lab:  N/A             Other:  N/A

Concurrent Courses: Grades of “C” or better in ENG 096 or ESL 105 AND ESL 106 or placement 

Course Description: This introductory course examines the history, methodology, definitions, and ideas relating to such concepts as personality formation, self-concept, defense mechanisms, emotions, and conditioning.  Emphasis is placed on the relationship of these concepts to the student’s understanding of self and others in everyday interactions.

General Education Goals:  PSY 101 is affirmed in the following General Education Foundation Category:  Society and Human Behavior.  The corresponding General Education Goal is as follows:  Students will use social science theories and concepts to analyze human behavior and social and political institutions and to act as responsible citizens.  PSY 101 also addresses the General Education Integrated Course Goals: Ethical Reasoning and Action and Information Literacy, which are respectively as follows: Students will understand ethical issues and situations; and Students will address an information need by locating, evaluating, and effectively using information.

<!–Course Goals: Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to do the following:

  1. apply critical thinking guidelines to assess claims and make objective judgments on the basis of well-supported reasons and evidence rather than emotion and anecdote;
  2. identity the different research methods in psychology, as well as their advantages and disadvantages;
  3. differentiate the activities of psychologists who conduct basic or applied psychological research from those who practice psychology;
  4. identity the major and minor psychological perspectives that predominate modern psychology, with particular attention devoted to the terms, definitions, and theories associated with the learning, sociocultural, and psychodynamic perspectives;
  5. differentiate the central areas of human motivation;
  6. determine how psychologists define and study personality; and
  7. identify the symptoms of various psychological disorders and discuss how they are diagnosed and various therapeutic approaches of treatment.


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