PSYC 201: Introduction to Psychology

This course will introduce students to the scientific discipline of psychology. Students will examine the emergence of the major schools of thought and the historical figures who contributed to the development of psychology as a science. Topics of study will include the history of psychology, research methods, the basis of behavior, sensation and perception, states of consciousness, learning and cognition, intelligence, motivation, social psychology and life span development. Within each subfield explored, focus will be on underlying issues such as the nature-nurture debate, the mind-body problem, stability versus change, and diversity versus universality, among others. The course will assume an interactive and real-life application approach.