PSY291 - Foundations of Psychology II

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Subject Title
Foundations of Psychology II

Subject Description

In combination with Foundations of Psychology I, this course will provide students in the Liberal Arts program with an introduction to the discipline of psychology. This course continues the examination of the rich diversity of research methods, theories, personalities and practices in psychology that was begun in Foundations in Psychology I. In addition, Foundations in Psychology II gives consideration to divergences and commonalities across time and context promoting the student?s development of an integrated, appreciative and critical relation to the discipline.  Lectures, readings, discussions, and assignments will facilitate students? utilization of psychological knowledge and perspectives within broader learning about themselves and their world, promote critical thinking and prepare them for further studies in the field.

Credit Status
This course is required for all students in the Liberal Arts Program and Arts and Science University Program.

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

Demonstrate an understanding of psychology as a science and of the research methodologies used by psychologists, and a basic ability to apply the knowledge to research design.
Demonstrate an understanding of psychological concepts, sub-disciplines, and their utility in a variety of human domains.
Demonstrate an understanding of psychology’s historical development as a scientific discipline including knowledge of some of the major figures who have contributed to the field.
Demonstrate an ability to apply psychological concepts, theories, and research findings, to current social issues and the observation of contemporary society.
Demonstrate an understanding of the history and development of selected psychological theories and concepts.
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.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and 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.

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.