PSYCHOLOGY


PSYC 101: General Psychology

Currently Offered:
1st Summer Session 2019  (5½ weeks: May 15- June 20)
Spring Semester 2019 (January 9 - May 7)

This course is structured to provide you with an overview of the many areas of the rapidly changing science of psychology. No prerequisite is required, and no prior knowledge of psychology is assumed. This survey course will introduce you to many of the underlying principles and approaches believed to guide human behavior, including biological factors, learning, memory, social cognition, intelligence, emotion, and personality.

After completing this course you will be able to

  • define both the science and the practice of psychology
  • identify the various subfields and specialties within psychology
  • understand the importance of the scientific method to the study of psychology
  • explain the conditions that allow experimental research to infer cause and effect relationships
  • compare different theoretical and methodological approaches to behavior
  • master countless terms, names, concepts, scientific experiments, and theories vital to the understanding of psychology as a science
  • apply psychological principles and findings to solve real problems
  • critically evaluate sources of information found on the World Wide Web.

Please note that Psychology: Themes and Variations is not available at UNC Student Stores. You may still enroll in this course if you can purchase it elsewhere. Check the ISBN to make sure you are purchasing the correct edition.

Course Details

  • Instructor: Spring 2019: Ndidi Adeyanju
  • Department: Psychology
  • Credit Hours: 3
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PSYC 245: Abnormal Psychology

Currently Offered:
Fall Semester 2018 (August 21–December 14)

This course covers major forms of behavior disorders in children and adults, with an emphasis on description, causation, and treatment.

Required Texts/Materials

  • Durand & Barlow, Essentials of Abnormal Psychology, 7th edition + MindTap Psychology, 1 term (6 months) Printed Access Card. ISBN: 978-1305622937

*Textbook will not be available through UNC Bookstore.

Course Details

  • Instructor: Nicole Heilbron, PhD
  • Department: Psychology
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Prerequisite(s): PSYC 101 or permission of instructor
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PSYC 250: Child Development

Currently Offered:
Spring Semester 2019 (January 9 - May 7)

Child development is characterized by an increase in biological, behavioral, and intellectual complexity. In this course, we seek to understand how new capabilities emerge in each of these domains, and how they change from infancy to adulthood. Consider changes that take place in self-concept. The young child who describes himself as “six years old, black, and a good boy” matures into an adolescent who defines his identity as “self-reliant, liberal, and creative.” What accounts for these changes? In this course, we will explore the theories, methods, and research findings that aim to answer this and similar questions about child development.

Who Should Take This Course?

To register for the course, you must have completed the prerequisite of an introductory psychology course (such as PSYC 101) or have permission of the instructor. Some familiarity with the material from this course will be assumed, but we also briefly review relevant information at various points in the course.

You should not register for this course if you are expecting it to provide a “how to” guide for parenting. Although we will touch upon issues such as discipline, moral development, and intellectual development, we will be focusing primarily on the development of the child, and not explicitly on the practices of the parent. You can, however, expect to gain general knowledge about factors that facilitate or interfere with normal development.

You should not register for this course if your primary interest is in developmental disorders or psychopathology (such as autism or attention-deficit disorder). We will talk about these disorders, but mainly for what they tell us about normal development.

You can find information on how to purchase textbooks and required materials on the Textbooks page of the Friday Center website.

Course Details

  • Instructor: Jean-Louis Gariepy
  • Department: Psychology
  • Credit Hours: 3
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Online Orientation

Online orientation

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