SRJC Course Outlines

6/9/2023 5:14:05 PMPSYCH 35 Course Outline as of Fall 2017

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  PSYCH 35Title:  PERSONAL & SOCIAL ADJUST  
Full Title:  Psychology of Personal and Social Adjustment
Last Reviewed:2/27/2017

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
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Catalog Description:
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This course examines the psychological principles, concepts, and processes that underlie the formation and development of human identity. Major emphases of study will be on human relations, personal adjustment, and identity development.


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 1A or equivalent

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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This course examines the psychological principles, concepts, and processes that underlie the formation and development of human identity. Major emphases of study will be on human relations, personal adjustment, and identity development.
(Grade or P/NP)

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


Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 ELifelong Learning and Self DevelopmentFall 1981
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 4Social and Behavioral ScienceFall 1981
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:
UC Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Major Applicable Course


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 in the discipline of Psychology.
2.  Examine the influences of culture, ethnicity, and gender on identity development.    
3.  Analyze different theoretical approaches to assessing and understanding one's own
    personality, emotions, and behaviors.

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Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. Describe the process of understanding the "inner self" and relationships.
2. Distinguish between the "self" and evolvement of personality.
3. Apply skills and techniques to control one's life and change one's behavior.
4. Identify skills to achieve a balance between emotional expression and control.
5. Identify effective communication skills for establishing and maintaining more satisfying
    relationships with others.
6. Explain the evolution of a relationship:  finding friends, becoming intimate, and discovering
7. Identify and utilize interpersonal conflict resolution strategies.
8. Identify life stressors and effective ways of coping with stress.
9. Distinguish between prioritizing values and defining meaning and purpose in life.
10. Compare and contrast the research and methodology on the myths and truths of happiness
    and life success.

Topics and Scope
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I. Introduction to understanding "self" and others
    A. Self-discovery
    B. Self-disclosure
    C. Perceptual awareness of culture, ethnicity, and gender
    D. Developing new relationships
    E. Research methodologies
II. Self-Awareness
    A. Personality development
    B. Stages of adult development
    C. Self-esteem
    D. Individualism and collectivism
III. Capacity to Control Behavior
    A. Self-control and external control
    B. Social learning theory
    C. Learning theory
    D. Reinforcement and self-change  
IV. Dealing with Emotions
    A. Development of emotions
    B. Emotional intelligence
    C. Understanding culture and emotion
    D. Benefits of expressing feelings  
V. Interpersonal Communication
    A. One- and two-way communication
     B. Gender, culture, ethnicity, class, and communication
    C. Active and empathetic listening
    D. Person-to-person communication  
VI. Developing Close Relationships
    A. Dating and mating
    B. Becoming committed
    C. Communication problems
    D. Growing together or apart
VII. Resolving Interpersonal Conflict
    A. Dimensions of conflict
    B. Behavior styles
    C. Gender, culture, ethnicity, and conflict management
    D. Methods of conflict resolution
VIII. Managing Stress and Wellness
    A. Physical and behavioral effects of stress
    B. Personality types
    C. Gender, culture, ethnicity, and stress
    D. Irrational and rational self-talk
IX. Meaning and Values
    A. Classifying and clarifying personal values
    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

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1. Read approximately 25-35 pages per week and recapitulate assigned material from the
    textbook and supplements
2. Writing assignments (1-3) such as journal writing, term, or research paper for a minimum of
    1250 words
3. Exams and/or projects (1-3) and one final examination or project
4. Oral presentations and/or group projects may also be assigned

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 - 25%
Written homework, term, interview, or research papers; journals. A minimum of 1,250 words for the course.
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
0 - 0%
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
0 - 0%
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
75 - 90%
Midterms exams and final or portfolio for examination purposes.
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
0 - 15%
Class discussion that may include group projects and oral presentations.

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Becoming Aware: A Text/Workbook for Human Relations and Personal Adjustment. 12th ed. Walker, Velma. Kendall/Hunt. 2013
I Never Knew I Had a Choice: Explorations in Personal Growth. 10th ed. Corey, Gerald and Corey Marianne. Brooks/Cole. 2013
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)

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