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General Description:  What happens when we sleep? Why do we dream? What helps us remember? This elective course provides an overview of modern psychology in terms of biological and social factors. Guest speakers, activities, and research give students a chance to learn concepts in interesting, active ways. 


  • Unit 1: A Brief History of Psychology
  • Unit 2: Psychological Methods
  • Unit 3: Neuroscience
  • Unit 4: Freud
  • Unit 5: Behaviorism
  • Unit 6: Psychopathology
  • Unit 7: Social Psychology

Strategies:  Students will learn through a variety of strategies:

  • Class discussions
  • Small group work
  • Readings (books and articles)
  • Documentaries

Homework:  Homework will consist of textbook readings to prepare for reading quizzes and any assignment that was unable to be completed during class time. Students will also have 2 outside reading assignments with a book review for this class. Books are 200-250 pages and students will have 1.5 - 2 months to read each book and write the paper, which is a maximum of 2 pages in length.