PSYCHOLOGY SYLLABUS

Introduction to Psychology (WI Standards Addressed: E12-14, E12-17)

Day 1: Introduction to Perspectives of Psychology; Read text, 1-7.
Day 2: Strengths and Weaknesses of Behavioral Theories; no reading assignment.
Day 3: Psychology as a Science (Scientific Method); Read text, 8-10.
Day 4: Samples and Correlation; Read text, 488-492.
Day 5: Surveys and Case Study; Read text, 492-497.
Day 6-7: Experimental Method; Read text, 497-499.
Day 8: Ethical Treatment of Subjects; Read ‘Guidelines for Ethical Treatment’
Day 9: RESEARCH METHODS TEST

Brain and Sensation (WI Standards Addressed: E12.1, F12-12)

Day 10: Nervous System; Read text, 80-86.
Day 11: Hindbrain, Midbrain, Forebrain; Read text, 86-89.
Day 12: Lobes of the Brain; Read text, 89-93.
Day 13: Selective Attention; Read text, 120-122.
Day 14: Thresholds of Sense; Read text, 106-109.
Day 15: Subliminal Sense; Read text, 110-114.
Day 16: The Visual System; Read text, 114-116.
Day 17: The Auditory System; Read text, 117-118.
Day 18: Olfaction; No reading assignment.
Day 19: Gustation; No reading assignment.
Day 20: Skin Senses; No reading assignment.
Day 21: BRAIN AND SENSATION TEST

Perception (WI Standards Addressed: E12.1, E12.6, E12.14, F12.12)

Day 22: Illusion; Read text, 122-126.
Day 23: Form and Depth Perception; Read text, 122-126.
Day 24: Perceptual Set; No reading assignment.
Day 25: Using Occam’s Razor to Avoid Misperception; Read text, 126-128.
Day 26: Scams of Misdirection, Misperception; Read John Edward handout.
Day 27: ESP as Pseudopsychology; Read Baloney Detection Kit.
Day 28: PERCEPTION TEST

States of Consciousness (WI Standards Addressed: E12.14, E12.16)

Day 29-30: Daydreaming and Sleep; Read text, 156-160.
Day 31: Freud and the Unconscious; Read text, 160-163.
Day 32: Jung and the Archetype; Finish dream journal.
Day 33: Altered Consciousness- Drug-use; Read & do dream journal exercise #1.
Day 34: Altered Consciousness- Meditation and Exercise; Read & do dream journal exercise #2.
Day 35: Altered Consciousness- Hypnotism; Read text, 163-165.
Day 36: Altered Consciousness- False States; Read & do dream journal exercise #3.
Day 37: Dream Discussion; No reading assignment.
Day 38: STATES OF CONSCIOUSNESS TEST


Motivation and Emotion (WI Standards Addressed: E12.1, E12.7)

Day 39: Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs; Read text, 132-135.
Day 40-41: Hunger Motive and Body Image; Read text, 135-138.
Day 42: Sex Motive, Sexual Scripting, and Homosexuality; Read text, 145-148.
Day 43: Primary Emotion- Fear; No reading assignment.
Day 44: Primary Emotion- Anger; Read text, 148-150.
Day 45: Primary Emotion-Happiness and Flow; Read text, 150-153.
Day 46: Attraction and Love Styles; Read text, p 427-432.
Day 47: Arousal and Lie Detection; No reading assignment.
Day 48: MOTIVATION AND EMOTION TEST

Learning and Mental Processes (WI Standards Addressed: E12.1)

Day 49: Pavlov and Classical Conditioning; Read text, 22-29.
Day 50: Skinner and Operant Conditioning; Read text, 30-37.
Day 51: Seligman and Learned Helplessness; Read text, 37-42.
Day 52: Bandura and Modeling (Gender Roles); Read text, 42-43.
Day 53: Cognition and Problem-Solving; Read text, 57-62.
Day 54: Cognitive Bias; Read text, 62-66.
Day 55: Memory; Read text, 66-69.
Day 56: Theories of Intelligence; Read text, 69-72.
Day 57: Intelligence Testing; Read text, No reading assignment.
Day 58: LEARNING AND MENTAL PROCESSES TEST

Psychological Disturbance (WI Standards Addressed: E12.16)

Day 59: Criteria of Mental Disorders and DSM-IV; Read text, 364-367.
Day 60-61: Anxiety Disorders and Therapy; Read text, 369-371.
Day 62: Somatoform Disorders and Therapy; Read text, 371-372.
Day 63: Dissociative Disorders and Therapy; Read text, 372-373.
Day 64: Mood Disorders and Therapy; Read text, 373-375.
Day 65: Suicide; Read Suicide Handout.
Day 66: Schizophrenia and Therapy; Read text, 375-381.
Day 67: Personality Disorders and Therapy; Read text, 381-382.
Day 68: Insanity Defense; No reading assignment.
Day 69: MENTAL DISORDERS TEST

Human Development (WI Standards Addressed: E12.5)

Day 70: Prenatal Development and Maturation; Read text, 182-188.
Day 71: Piaget and Cognitive Development; Read text, 188-193.
Day 72: Freud and Psychosexual Development; Read text, 204-207.
Day 73: Erikson and Psychosocial Development; Read text, 207-209.
Day 74: Teenage Identity Formation; No reading assignment.
Day 75: Kohlberg and Moral Development; Read text, 212-213.
Day 76: Baumrind and Parenting Styles; No reading assignment.
Day 77: Kubler-Ross Stages of Loss; Read text, 257-267.
Day 78-82: Artificial Life Lab.
Day 83: HUMAN DEVELOPMENT TEST

Social Psychology (WI Standards Addressed: E12.12, E12.15)

Day 84: Mechanisms of Social Influence and Bystander Effect; Read text, 446-452.
Day 85: Conformity; Read text, 477-479.
Day 86: Obedience; Read text, 479-482.
Day 87: Stereotype and Prejudice; No reading assignment.
Day 88: Power of the Situation: Stanford Prison Study.
Day 89: Impact of Gender Roles at School, Work and Home; No reading assignment.
Day 90: SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY TEST

FINAL EXAMINATION- Comprehensive from beginning of course