An emphasis in the course is on the development of critical thinking skills and the analysis of controversial issues in the field. Topics include: research methods and fields, the biological basis of behavior, sensation and perception, drug use and abuse, developmental psychology, social psychology, cognitive psychology, learning and memory; personality theory, psychological assessment, abnormal behavior, and therapy.
1. Define psychology and discuss its historical development as a social science
2. Identify specific elements and topics in the field of psychology
3. Understand scientific methodology and how psychology uses it to understand human behavior4. Apply the principles and research findings in psychology in daily life