Introduction to the Social Sciences: Psychology

Course Description

This course, drawn from a number of syllabi from across the country, attempts to provide a comprehensive review of some of the branches of psychological study. In this 16-week course, we will explore diverse theoretical perspectives but also cover the following subsets in depth: developmental psychology, cognitive psychology, social psychology, and clinical psychology. With the help of reflective writing and in-class activities, this workshop is offered to help cultivate a solid understanding of basic psychological principles and trends. This course will also examine qualitative and quantitative research methods used to engage in the study of psychological trends. This course, more broadly, is intended to use psychology models and branches to actively engage in epistemological inquiry: how do we come to know what we know? How do we process information? How do we create knowledge? Class time will be spent with lectures, class discussions, and peer exchanges*.

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