PSY 301 • Intro to Psychology
9:30 AM-11:00 AM
In this course, we will explore major topics surrounding the mind and behavior with the goal of reaching an understanding of the topics and how they relate to everyday life. The textbook will provide a broad and even picture of the material, highlighting biological bases of major psychological topics. Lecture and discussion will highlight recent developments in the field and draw connections between the text and everyday life.
Topics covered in this course will include the brain and its hemispheres, the relationship between mind and body, ethics and research, stress and its impact on health, lie detection, sleep, dreaming, consciousness, cognitive development, Freud and personality, and psychological illness and well-being. Our class will be small, and so in-class participation and hands-on activities will be possible and encouraged. Students will be asked to bring in topics for discussion, news clippings, and other examples of how the topics we discuss in class relate to everyday life.
Students' final grades in the course are based on their performance on five multiple choice, non-cumulative exams (80%), in-class participation (10%), and completion of five writing assignments (10%).
Students' lowest exam grade will be dropped, unless the lowest exam grade is a failing grade on the last exam. The other four exam grades will be averaged and will count for 80% of the final grade (such that each exam counts for 20% of the final grade). Students must take and pass the 5th exam.