Introduction to Psychology

University of the South Pacific

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Introduction to Psychology

  • Host University

    University of the South Pacific

  • Location

    Suva, Fiji

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    The study of psychology is especially relevant for those seeking careers in the human services (social workers, counsellors, health workers, teachers, police etc), human resource management, law, journalism, public relations and administration. PS101 Introduction to Psychology is one of the three core courses (the other two are PS103: Research Methods; and PS102: Developmental Psychology), designed to provide a sound foundation for students taking psychology at USP, whether at certificate or degree-level. These core psychology courses provide you with conceptual tools, essential knowledge and important skills that will help you to better understand the complexities of human behavior. They are also prerequisites for 200- and 300-level psychology courses. Courses in psychology are also designed to help you learn how to learn ? to become an enquiring, self-motivated and innovative individual able to think critically and rationally, and able to communicate knowledge and ideas clearly and effectively. These qualities and skills are also of immense value in the workplace. However, their acquisition does not occur overnight - they require consistent effort, energy and hard work on your part throughout your time at USP. Learning how to learn also represents what a university education is designed to achieve by the time you graduate, namely, to help you become a well-educated individual capable of making a positive, well informed and thoughtful contribution to your community.
    Learning Outcomes
    - To introduce you to the major perspectives, theories, and methodologies associated with a scientific study of behavior.
    - To assist you to develop effective psychological research methods of investigation.
    - To develop in you skills in understanding how humans learn, perceive, and behave both individually and in groups along with similarities and differences between people and the way in which they are affected by their environment.

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