PSY162 - Psychology and Personal Growth

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Last revision date Oct 12, 2012 12:34:11 PM
Last review date Oct 12, 2012 12:34:11 PM

Subject Title
Psychology and Personal Growth

Subject Description
This subject will help to facilitate the student's personal growth through an exploration of human experiences including identity of self, work/leisure, body/wellness, managing stress, love/sexuality/ relationships, freedom, loneliness/solitude, death/loss, and meaning/values. Students endeavour, under the guidance of the instructor, to achieve a greater awareness of their personal identity and potential.

Credit Status
One General Education Credit: Category II

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

1. Discuss critical areas of human behaviour.
For example: Health and wellness, sexuality, relationships, the relationship between psychological and physical health, and learning how to cope with stress.

2. Discuss psychological theories - with particular emphasis on theorists Maslow, Rogers, Jung and Adler - relating to personal growth.
For example: Students will increase their awareness of the values and attitudes that underlie their behaviour in daily life.

3. Describe personal growth in developmental terms and discuss its benefits.
For example: Discuss growth as a life-long process.

4. Through participation in group and individual activities:
- discover self (in terms of choices made or not made) and others;
- develop short- and long-term goals and identify the methods in attaining them, and;
- describe important life issues, such as loneliness and relationships.

5. Consistently identify positive, professional attitudes that include the following:
- a sense of responsibility in meeting assigned deadlines of the tests
- initiative and self-directedness in seeking out relevant learning resources
- adhering to the accepted format in written work.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
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