LSO260 - Principles of Psychology

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Subject Title
Principles of Psychology

Subject Description
As we move through the world and interact with those around us, we all play the role of 'psychologist', trying to understand why we and others do what we do, feel what we feel, think what we think. This course is designed to introduce you to the scientific study of human behaviour and mental processes. By understanding how psychological research is conducted, by examining the evidence that has accumulated in the field, and by using critical thinking and analysis, it is hoped that the assumptions and intuitions you have gained through experience will be reexamined and reevaluated in a new and interesting light. A variety of areas within this broad and fascinating field will be examined, including learning, memory, social psychology, developmental psychology, stress and health, personality, and abnormal psychology.

Credit Status
This is a required course for the following degree programs, and will not count towards a Liberal Studies credit: 
Honours Bachelor of Therapeutic Recreation - DTR
Honours Bachelor of Community Mental Health - BCMH
Honours Bachelor of Crime & Intelligence Analysis - CIA

It may also serve as a lower level Liberal Studies Option in the Social Science category for Seneca Degree programs.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Define psychology and identify the various historical perspectives from which the modern science of psychology developed.
2. Describe a variety of methods used by psychologists in researching the field, and evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of each.
3. Demonstrate an understanding of the theoretical principles in selected areas of psychology, including learning theory, memory, stress and health, personality, and social psychology.
4. Critically examine how psychological findings are presented in popular media.
5. Evaluate the differences and similarities between personal beliefs and assumptions, and empirically derived psychological theories and principles.
6. Discuss issues and work with other students in the class and present individual and group ideas to others.
7. Apply knowledge gained from the class to enhance thinking, relating, and behaviour in the world beyond the classroom.

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

Academic Integrity
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Please visit the Academic Integrity website to understand and learn more about how to prepare and submit work so that it supports academic integrity, and to avoid academic misconduct.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Accessibility Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.