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|Title: ||PSYC 150-02, Foundational Issues in Psychology, Spring 2008|
|Authors: ||Russell, Kathy|
|Date Issued: ||9-Jan-2008|
|Publisher: ||Rhodes College, Memphis TN|
|Series/Report no.: ||Syllabi CRN|
|Abstract: ||Psychology is the science that attempts to understand and describe human mental processes and
behaviors using empirical methods. In this course, we will focus on five major psychological
perspectives: the biological, learning, cognitive, socio-cultural, and psychodynamic approaches. We will
examine the questions and assumptions of each perspective as presented in the text and as
highlighted in important scientific articles. This course does not aim to have you simply memorize facts
of psychology, but to teach you to think critically. Our culture and media constantly present us with
“pop psych” claims. The goal of this course is to teach you to evaluate these claims with a general
knowledge of the different psychological perspectives.
In addition to the chapters in Tavris & Wade, supplemental readings have been assigned for each
perspective. These are seminal journal articles that have influenced and/or advanced a field of
psychology that we will discuss in that chapter. All of these articles are available in my folder on the
Academic Server. You should obtain and read each of these articles by the first class period scheduled
for that reading.
This format of this course is primarily lecture, but I do encourage class discussion. Please interrupt me
if you need clarification on a topic or if you find it interesting and just want to know more about it. As you
read the chapters and assigned reading, here are some guidelines to help you get the most from the
1. Be able to give a brief summary of the perspective, including its main goals and a few examples
of major findings.
2. What are the main strengths or contributions of this perspective? Be able to use specific
applications to illustrate each point.
3. What are the main weaknesses, limitations, or misuses of this perspective?
Demonstrate an understanding of the elements of psychology that make it a science.
Provide a summary of the perspectives of psychology.
Recognize the key contributors to the field of psychology.
Be familiar with seminal research that has shaped our understanding of psychology.
Demonstrate critical thinking skills.|
|Description: ||This syllabus was submitted to the Office of Academic Affairs by the course instructor.|
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