At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
1. Define Western psychology and place psychological knowledge in a historical and cultural context.
2. Describe and apply qualitative, quantitative, and mixed research methods and discuss their advantages and disadvantages.
3. Diagram the structure of the brain and its cells.
4. Describe typical developmental trajectories.
5. Define and understand different states of consciousness and their neural underpinnings.
6. Analyze the processes of sensation and perception.
7. Explore the interaction between learning and memory.
8. Determine how societal roles and structures, authority figures, and group opinions and behaviors affect an individual's thoughts, actions, and emotions.
9. Describe different cultural constructs of intelligence.
10. Apply health psychology principles that support physical and mental well-being.
11. Understand the display of emotions and experience of motivation.
12. Explore the complex interactions between the psychological experience of acute stress, chronic stress, trauma, and shame and their biological underpinnings.
13. Compare and contrast diverse approaches to understanding personality.
14. Describe human sexuality, sexual orientations, and gender identities.
15. Understand the diverse explanations of psychological imbalances and distress.
16. Identify and critically reflect on interventions that promote psychological well-being and healing.
I. History of Western Psychology in Comparative Context
A. Western psychology vs. Traditional Ecological Knowledge and other cultural knowledge systems
B. Professional roles of psychologists
II. Psychology as Science - Varieties of Research Methods
A. Research strategies
B. Applying research to everyday life
C. Ethical perspectives
D. Moral perspectives
E. Historical perspectives
F. Decolonial perspectives
G. Traditional ecological knowledge
III. Neurons, Hormones, and the Brain - Evolutionary and Cultural Changes
A. Neural and hormonal systems
B. The central and peripheral nervous systems
C. Tools of discovery
D. Structures of the brain
E. Hemispheric specialization and differentiation
F. Interaction between biology, development, and environment
IV. Cycles of Life - Lifespan Development
A. Influence of culture
B. Influence of history
C. Influence of biology
D. Developmental challenges and opportunities
V. States of Consciousness
A. Sleep and dreams
B. Free will and agency
D. Evolution of consciousness
E. Processes of altering consciousness
VI. Sensation and Perception
A. Sensory systems
B. Effects of abilities
C. Effects of beliefs, lived experiences, and emotions on perception
VII. Learning and Memory
A. Components of memory
B. Levels of learning
C. How memory is shaped by socio-cultural experience
VIII. Mind and Behavior in Social and Cultural Context
A. Internal and external manifestations
E. Anti-discrimination and equity-minded interventions
IX. Thinking and Intelligence
A. Decision making, judgment, and intelligence
B. Interactions with environment
C. Inherent challenges and biases when measuring intelligence
X. Body, Mind, and Cultural Well-Being
A. Mind and body
B. Cultural well being
XI. Emotion and Motivation
A. Influences of body, mind, and culture
B. Experience and display of emotions
C. Origins and experience of motivation
XII. Stress and Trauma
A. Physiological and psychological responses
C. Intergenerational trauma
D. Early adversity
E. Strategies for coping
F. Building resilience
XIII. Theories of Personality, Self, and Identity
F. Trait perspectives
G. Transpersonal perspectives
H. Gender, self, and individualism
XIV. Human Sexuality
B. Sexual orientations
C. Gender identities
D. Historical and socio-cultural factors
XV. Psychological Distress and Suffering
A. Western approaches to diagnosis
B. Indigenous approaches to diagnosis
C. Role of systemic oppression
D. Culture-bound definitions of ab/normal
XVI. Interventions for Psychological Distress
A. Biologically based
C. Culturally based
D. Socio-cultural context
Psychology. 6th ed. Ciccarelli, Saundra and White, Nolan. Pearson. 2020.
Understanding Psychology. 14th ed. Feldman, Robert S. McGraw-Hill. 2019.
Discovering Psychology. 9th ed. Hockenbury, Sandra and Nolan, Susan. Worth. 2022.
Diversity in Psychology, Psychology in Diversity: Psychology for the 21st Century. Kremer, Ju¨rgen Werner. Kendall-Hunt. 2017 (classic).
Psychology: Themes and Variations, 11th ed. Weiten, Wayne. Cengage. 2022.
Psychology in your life, 4th ed. Grisson, Sarah and Gazzaniga, Michael. W.W. Norton. 2021.
Experience Psychology 5th ed. King, Laura, McGraw-Hill. 2022.
Open Educational Resource (OER):
Introduction to Psychology: The Noba Collection. https://nobaproject.com/