Introduction to Psychology and Human Behavior
This course is expected to run but has not yet been scheduled.
In this class we will define the scope of psychology and explore some of its most interesting and relevant topics. For example, in what ways does our evolutionary history influence the way we behave today? How has intelligence been defined and measured, and what have been the political and social consequences? How do early patterns of attachment influence current romantic relationships? What are some of the psychological problems that people encounter (e.g., eating disorders, depression, trauma), and how can they be treated most effectively? How can we use principles of learning and reinforcement to explain patterns of addiction? We will use class discussion, movie screenings, and assigned readings to answer these questions. Assignments will focus on the sort of logical thinking and effective writing that will serve students well when they enter a college or university.