Introduction to Psychology

The American Business School Paris

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Introduction to Psychology

  • Host University

    The American Business School Paris

  • Location

    Paris, France

  • Area of Study

    Psychology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Lower

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    Hours & Credits

  • US Credits

    3
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4
  • Overview

    COURSE OBJECTIVE :
    Psychology is a relatively new science probing who we are and what makes us tick. This course will cover the history, biological, social, cognitive, and cultural influences, and applications of this rapidly expanding discipline. We will learn how to use some of these principles to enhance our personal and professional life by fine tuning our communication skills, learning to read body language and critically assessing ourselves in relation to family, friends, and the world we live in.

    To understand Freud?s theories and contribution, as well as the other schools of psychology, to conduct and realize a survey using correlations, to write and do research for a hypothesis, and to use psychology as a tool in our daily lives. We will look at specific case studies and conduct our own experiments to create logical assessment based on sound research principles. There will be in-class assignments, discussion, debate, as well as, group presentations that will be subject to in- depth peer analysis.

    EXPECTED LEARNING OUTCOMES :
    - Students will learn that psychology is a science enhancing their understanding of behavior and its biological, emotional, social, and cognitive roots and effects.
    - Understand the basic schools and perspectives of psychology and key concepts
    - Communicate empirical knowledge without confirmation bias
    - Comprehend basic function of the brain
    - Research, develop and present statistical research in psychology
    - Apply psychology learned to life, work and family life

    TEXT:
    Psychology, Wade and Travis, Prentiss Hall, 11th edition

    EVALUATION :
    Survey results and detailed summary - 20 % - all surveys must be brought to class the day of the presentation, PPT, a Word doc of the questionnaire, and project abstract must be sent with all names of group members
    Mid-term - 25% - terminology and essay question
    Class participation - 20% - this will include informal presentations, reading quizzes and participation in class discussion, simulations and role plays
    Final - 35% - The final grade will be 15 % terminology, concepts and theories, and 20 % analysis of case studies.

Course Disclaimer

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