SRJC Course Outlines

4/14/2024 3:51:11 AMPSYCH 35 Course Outline as of Fall 2024

Changed Course
CATALOG INFORMATION

Discipline and Nbr:  PSYCH 35Title:  PERSONAL & SOCIAL ADJUST  
Full Title:  Psychology of Personal and Social Adjustment
Last Reviewed:12/12/2023

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled3.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled52.50
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled06 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total3.00 Contact Total52.50
 
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  105.00Total Student Learning Hours: 157.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade or P/NP
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
Also Listed As: 
Formerly: 

Catalog Description:
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In this course, students will examine the psychological principles, concepts, and processes that underlie the formation and development of human identity in its socio-cultural and ecological contexts. Their major emphases of study will be on human relations, personal adjustment, and identity development.

Prerequisites/Corequisites:


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 1A or equivalent

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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In this course, students will examine the psychological principles, concepts, and processes that underlie the formation and development of human identity in its socio-cultural and ecological contexts. Their major emphases of study will be on human relations, personal adjustment, and identity development.
(Grade or P/NP)

Prerequisites:
Recommended:Eligibility for ENGL 1A or equivalent
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;UC.
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP

ARTICULATION, MAJOR, and CERTIFICATION INFORMATION

Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
 Area:
 
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 ELifelong Learning and Self DevelopmentFall 1981
 
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 4Social and Behavioral ScienceFall 1981
 4IPsychology  
 
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:
 
UC Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:
 
C-ID:
 CID Descriptor: PSY 115 Psychology of Personal and Social Adjustment SRJC Equivalent Course(s): PSYCH35

Certificate/Major Applicable: Major Applicable Course



COURSE CONTENT

Student Learning Outcomes:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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1. Explain major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends regarding identity development.
2. Examine the influences of culture, ethnicity, and gender on identity development through autobiographical reflections.
3. Analyze different theoretical approaches to assessing and understanding one's own personality, cognitions, emotions, and behaviors.
 

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At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
1. Define and use basic biological, physiological, psychological, and cultural terminology to describe adjustment, balancing, and psychosocial development across the lifespan.
2. Describe the process of understanding the "innerself", its process and its interactions with surrounding contexts. and differentiate between individual and sociocultural differences.
3. Apply skills and techniques to find balance and contentment in one's personal and occupational life and integrate cognitions, emotions, psycho-spiritual needs, and behavior.
4. Identify skills to achieve a balance between emotional expression and control.
5. Identify effective skills for establishing and maintaining more satisfying relationships with all relations (human and other-than-humans).
6. Explain the evolution of human relationships:  finding friends, becoming intimate, and discovering love.
7. Identify and utilize interpersonal conflict resolution strategies using different cultural perspectives.
8. Identify life stressors and effective ways of coping with stress.
9. Critically reflect on personal values and one's understanding of the meaning and purpose in life.
10. Compare and contrast the research and methodology on the myths and truths of happiness, contentment, inner and outer balance, and life success.

Topics and Scope
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I. Introduction to Understanding "Self" and Others
    A. Ethno-autobiographical self-discovery - adjusting to modern life
    B. Self-disclosure
    C. Perceptual awareness of culture, place, ethnicity, and gender
    D. Developing new relationships
    E. Research methodologies
II. Self-Awareness
    A. Personality theories and perspectives on adjustment
    B. Stages of adult development
    C. Self-esteem
    D. Self in individualistic, collectivist, and indigenous societies
    E. Personal and cultural unconscious; the role of shadow material
III. Capacity to Control Behavior
    A. Self-control and external control
    B. Psychobiology of self-control
    C. Social learning theory
    D. Learning theory
    E. Reinforcement and self-change
    F. Holistic and psycho-spiritual approaches
    G. Integration, balance and contentment  
IV. Dealing with Emotions
    A. Development of emotions
    B. Emotional intelligence
    C. Understanding culture and emotion
    D. Benefits of acknowledging and expressing feelings
V. Interpersonal Communication
    A. One- and two-way communication
     B. Gender, culture, ethnicity, class, spirituality/religion, and communication
    C. Active and empathic listening; compassion
    D. Person-to-person communication
    E. Communication with non-human relations  
VI. Developing Close Human Relationships
    A. Relationality and intimacy
     B. Dating and mating
    C. Varieties of commitment (monogamy, poly, casual)
    D. Communication problems
    E. Growing together or apart
VII. Resolving Interpersonal Conflict
    A. Historical, cultural, gender, and personal dimensions of conflict
    B. Cognitive, emotional, and behavior styles
    C. Gender, culture, ethnicity, and stress
    D. Western and non-Western methods of conflict resolution
VIII. Managing Stress and Wellness
    A. Physical, psycho-spiritual, and behavioral effects of stress
    B. Personality types
    C. Gender, culture, ethnicity, and stress
    D. Irrational and rational self-talk
    E. Spiritual and religious factors in stress
IX. Meaning and Values
    A. Classifying and clarifying personal values in socio-cultural contexts
    B. Value indicators
    C. Personal ethics, character, and integrity
    D. Perceptions of significance
X. Life Goals, Happiness, and Well-being
    A. Motivation
    B. Effective life planning
    C. Contributors to success
    D. Myths and truths about happiness
    E. Happiness vs. contentment

Assignments:
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1. Read (25-35 pages per week) and recapitulate assigned material from the textbook and supplements
2. Writing assignments (cumulative total of at least 1500 words) across media such as:
     A. Class exercises
    B. Personal reflections
    C. Reaction papers
    D. Research projects
    E. Journal entries
    F. Online discussions
    G. Annotations
     H. Media analyses.
3. Quizzes, midterm and final (final may be replaced with portfolio project)
4. Optional assignments, such as:
    A. Oral presentations
    B. Group projects

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
10 - 70%
Writing assignments
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
0 - 0%
None
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
0 - 0%
None
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
30 - 90%
Quizzes, midterm and final (final may be replaced with portfolio project)
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
0 - 15%
Optional assignments; participation


Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Psychology Applied to Modern Life: Adjustment in the 21st Century. 13th ed. Weiten, Wayne et al. Cengage. 2023.
Becoming Aware: A Text/Workbook for Human Relations and Personal Adjustment. 12th ed. Walker, Velma. Kendall/Hunt. 2013 (classic).
I Never Knew I Had a Choice: Explorations in Personal Growth. 10th ed. Corey, Gerald and Corey, Marianne. Brooks/Cole. 2013 (classic).
Psychology and the Challenges of Life: Adjustment and Growth. 12th ed. Nevid, Jeffrey and Rathus, Spencer. Wiley. 2012 (classic).
Personality and Personal Growth. 7th ed. Frager, Robert and Fadiman, James. Pearson. 2012 (classic).
Ethnoautobiography. 2nd ed. Kremer, Jurgen and Jackson-Paton, R. Kendall/Hunt. 2018 (classic).
Psychology for Living: Adjustment, Growth, and Behavior Today. 11th ed. Kirsh, Steven et al. Pearson. 2013 (classic).

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