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James W. Pennebaker, Chair The University of Texas at Austin, SEA 4.212, Austin, TX 78712 • (512) 475-7596

Spring 2009

PSY 301 • Intro to Psychology-HNRS-W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
42940 TTh
2:00 PM-3:30 PM
SEA 2.108
HOLAHAN

Course Description

This course covers the scope of psychology as a science. Topics include: human development, biological aspects of psychology, motivation and emotion, sensation and perception, learning and memory, thought and language, intelligence, personality, psychological disorders, stress and health, and social behavior. In addition to class lectures, students will learn about psychology through several first-hand experiences. Students will write a paper based on scientific sources and conduct a case study on a topic of their choice in psychology. Students will also visit an active psychology laboratory and learn about the conceptual and practical issues involved in conducting psychological research.

Grading Policy

4 tests (multiple choice) 30%; 1 final exam (essay) 20%; 3 papers 50%; -Literature review (6 pages); -Substantial rewrite of literature review (6 pages); -Case study (6 pages).

Texts

Psychology: Themes and Variations (7th edition) by Wayne Weiten Forty Studies That Changed Psychology (6th edition) by Roger Hock

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