Human Thought and Behaviour
University of Otago
Dunedin, New Zealand
Area of Study
Taught In English
Course Level Recommendations
ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3 - 4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4 - 6
Hours & Credits
An introductory study of developmental psychology, social psychology, language and thought, and abnormal psychology.
Psychology provides answers to questions like: 'Why do we do the things that we do?' or 'Why do we think about the world this way?' PSYC 111 and PSYC 112 are essential for students intending to pursue a career in psychology, and they also complement studies in wide range of areas (eg neuroscience, health sciences, education, law, social work, sociology, anthropology, management, marketing).
The course covers four main themes:
-Language and intelligence
-In-class worksheets and experimental participation 7%
-Two laboratory reports 10% and 13%
-Final examination 60%
Demonstrate understanding of basic human thought and behaviour and understanding of how scientific methods and research contribute to the study of psychology
Gleitman, H., Gross, J., & Reisberg, D. (2010). Psychology (8th ed.). New York: W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.
Laboratory Manual for Psychology 111/112 (supplied by department).
Findlay, B. (2012). How to write psychology research reports and essays (6th ed.). French Forest, NSW: Pearson Australia.
Oestreicher, S., Coons, E. E., Jonides, J., & Rozin, P. (2010). Study guide for Gleitman's psychology (8th ed.). New York: W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.
Some courses may require additional fees.
Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.
Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.
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Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.