Learning Recommendations: Grade of C or higher in the previous Social Studies class.

General Description: This course will provide students with an introduction to the key elements of the study of Psychology. Students will explore human behavior, as well as the development and function of the human brain. This semester long class will satisfy 0.5 of the Senior Social Studies requirement. Students will also need to satisfy an additional 0.5 Social Studies requirement through either Civics (semester course) or AP US Government (Year Long Course).

Content: Units of study in this semester long course will include:

  • Introduction to Psychology
  • The Biology of the Mind
  • Nature and Nurture
  • Sensation and Perception
  • Learning and Memory
  • Thinking and Language
  • Intelligence
  • Emotions, Stress, and Health
  • Personality
  • Psychological Disorders

Strategies: Students will learn through a combination of:

  • Reading and exploration
  • Lecture
  • Presentations
  • Activities
  • Film