PSY191 - Foundations of Psychology I

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Subject Title
Foundations of Psychology I

Subject Description

This course examines selected theories, research and applied forms of psychology as well as the development of the discipline. It is designed for students in the Liberal Arts Program, and, in combination with Foundations of Psychology II, will provide an introduction to the discipline, preparing students for ongoing study in the field. Students will also gain an appreciative understanding of psychology?s diversity, the history and nature of the discipline, and its relevance to some of the more interesting contemporary issues in our world. Through lectures, readings, discussions, and assignments, this course will introduce students to some of the research methods, theories, major figures, and perspectives found in psychology. The course emphasizes the development of critical thinking skills, facilitates the practical application of student learning, and promotes the integration of course materials into students? understanding of themselves and their world.

Credit Status
Required for students in the Liberal Arts Program, Arts & Science University Transfer Program, and General Arts Program.

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

1.    Demonstrate an understanding of psychology as a science and of some of the research methodologies used by psychologists.

 2.    Demonstrate an understanding of psychological concepts, sub-disciplines, and their utility in a variety of human domains.

 3.    Demonstrate a beginning understanding of psychology’s historical development as a scientific discipline including a knowledge of some of the major figures who have contributed to the field.

4.    Demonstrate an ability to apply some psychological concepts, theories, and research findings to current social issues and the observation of contemporary society.

 5.    Demonstrate an understanding of the history and development of selected psychological theories and concepts.

 6.    Utilize selected psychological concepts, and research, in their development as students and in their self-understanding as members of diverse human communities.

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.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

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.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

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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 Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.