1 credit | Grades 11-12
Prerequisite: Completion of or enrollment in World History, US Government and/or US History.
This full year course is meant to teach the basic introductory concepts of Psychology for the student who desires elective credit in the Social Studies content area. The student must write effectively using APA format to show a demonstration of sophisticated ideas developed through facts, examples, opinions and scientific research.
In this course, students will:
- Identify major psychological theories.
- Analyze human development as it relates to mental health.
At the core of Psychology are concepts of the Self, the Body and the Mind. This course will study psychology as a science that involves research.
The first half of the course will study what milestones occur along the way of human development, sensing and perceiving the external world, human thinking and learning and exploring memory.
The second half of the course will study aspects of human motivation, emotion and personality; the role gender plays in the development of self; determining how mental illness impacts the individual and his or her world; and the exploration of stress as it relates to mental health.
At the completion of this course the student will improve his or her skills in reading informational text, analytical writing and social science research.
Students will be expected to read additional outside resources, to engage in writing assignments utilizing higher order thinking skills and to conduct developmentally appropriate research. This on-level course is geared for students who are planning to pursue post secondary education.
McGraw Hill: Thinking About Psychology