PSY 301 • Introduction to Psychology
10:00 AM-11:00 AM
The purpose of this class is to explore the science of psychology from multiple perspectives (e.g. biological, environmental, social, etc.) with emphasis on the major themes, theories and issues. In addition, you will learn to think critically about research in psychology and to apply research to your own experiences and observations.
I welcome you to contribute relevant examples from your own life, from the media, or appropriate sources about the topics we are discussing. This class will encourage an interactive environment with class activities and discussions to promote interest and critical thinking. To get the most out of class, the assigned readings should be completed before each class.
There will be 4 exams consisting of multiple choice and short answer. The best 3 out of 4 grades will be used in calculating the exam grade. The 4th exam is REQUIRED and must be passed (if it is passed then the top 3 grades will be used; if it is not passed, the 4th exam will count as part of the 3 grades used to calculate the Exam Grade).
3 Exams worth 28% each (total exam grade will count for 84% of your grade in the class) There will also be writing opportunities including: 1 Journal summary (1-2 pages): 4% 3 thought papers over assigned readings (1 page each): 6% 1 Application paper (3-4 pages): 6%
Gazzaniga & Heatherton (2003). Psychological Science: The Mind, Brain and Behavior