Welcome to Introductory Psychology!
This course offers an overview of the history, status, and promise of scientific and applied psychology, a field that connects to both the natural and social sciences. Students will learn about the biological and evolutionary basis of psychological processes, and ways those processes are influenced by social and cultural contexts. For students who may major or minor in psychology, this course serves as a foundation for upper level courses. However, it also designed to serve all students, for whom this knowledge is a general contribution to a liberal arts education.
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When and where?
WHEN: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:45-1:00 pm
WHERE: Griffith Theater, located on the lower level of the Bryan Center
Our first day of class is Tuesday, August 29th
Sections meet once a week for 50 minutes. Every student is enrolled in a specific discussion section.
Check out our section schedule for specific times, locations, and the name of the Teaching Fellow leading your section.
What will I learn?
Conceptual foundations of psychology: How to recognize and describe a wide range of psychological concepts and themes and associated scientists.
What can you expect from your instructors?
We expect a lot of ourselves. We truly believe that learning about psychology can be a transformative experience and our responsibility is to teach you some of the most valuable insights and skills that the field has to offer.
We believe that learning is an active process that should be fun and challenging. We design class activities and assignments to be fun and motivating while also challenging and expanding your intellectual abilities. Some things you do in this course may feel easy and others may feel quite difficult. We see that as a natural part of learning and not something to avoid.
We will support your success by clearly communicating our expectations. We will provide all essential information through Canvas and also through emails to the class. We will do our best to streamline our communications and prioritize essential information.
We will work to make everyone feel welcome. We aim to create a “trusting space” that is respectful to the diversity of gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, ability, culture, religion, and socioeconomic status of all students.
We will be supportive and fair. We know all students need extra support and flexibility sometimes. We work to provide that while also ensuring that we are treating all students equitably and fairly.
We are always making improvements. We will ask for your feedback many times throughout the course to help us improve your learning experience. Learn more about the ongoing improvements we make in this class.
What do your instructors expect from you?
We want you to engage. We provide a variety of ways to engage with psychology in this course, including reading, listening, writing, discussing, and more. We expect you to engage with all aspects of this course and to think deeply and critically.