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An introduction to social psychology, developmental psychology, personality and individual differences, and abnormal psychology.
Psychology is a popular choice among a wide variety of students. Psychology can be included in degrees in arts, science, law, commerce, education, music, and fine arts. Anyone eligible to attend university may enrol in first year psychology. Psychology is commonly chosen as the majoring subject for students graduating Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BSc).Two 15-point introductory courses are available. Together they provide a general introduction to the major fields within psychology. PSYC105 (S1) and PSYC106 (S2) are the prerequisite courses for advancement to any PSYC 200 course.Major domains covered in PSYC106 include:• Developmental Psychology - this is the study of the age-related changes that occur in people as they live their lives from conception to death.• Social Psychology - studies the ways that individuals' thoughts, feelings, and behaviours are influenced by their social circumstances and interactions with other people.• Abnormal Psychology and Psychotherapy - domains of psychology that consider what the concept of "abnormal" means in the context of individual's thoughts, feelings, and behaviours, and introduce the scientific study of the various therapies that have been developed to assist people recover from various mental health problems.• Applied Psychology - provides an introduction to some of the ways that psychologists can make a living providing services to individuals, groups, communities, businesses, and governments.WHAT BACKGROUND IS NEEDED TO STUDY PSYCHOLOGY?Curiosity and an eagerness to acquire new information along with regular attendance at lecture and laboratory classes and the self discipline required to undertake unsupervised personal study are essential. No particular subject backgrounds are required if you have met the general university entrance requirements via NCEA or an equivalent route but students who have studied biology or any other science, or statistics or maths to NCEA levels 2 or 3 will find these useful preparation, but they are NOT essential. If you are more than 20 years of age and without university entrance qualifications, then competence in mathematics to NCEA level 1 and reading and writing in English to NCEA level 2 are assumed along with the ability to use a computer for word processing and internet access.WHAT PSYC105 AND PSYC106 LEADS TO: Any PSYC200 level Psychology courses.Comprehensive information is available about all courses in psychology in the Psychology Department's Handbook which can be downloaded as a pdf from the Department's Home Page/Quick Links or you can request a hard copy by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
On successfully passing this course, students will:(a) Have learned some of the key terms used in the study of developmental, social, abnormal, and applied psychology.(b) Have gained an understanding of key concepts and theories in developmental, social, abnormal, and applied psychology.(c) Have practiced some of the research techniques in the laboratory that are used to gain scientific knowledge in psychology.(d) Have demonstrated elementary abilities in handling quantitative data in psychology.(e) Have demonstrated abilities to write clearly about research procedures and data in a research report.(f) Have practiced effective study skills.
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:
Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award
Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.
Students must attend one activity from each section.
2017 Assessment to be advised
Schacter, D., Gilbert, D., Wegner, D. & Hood, B;
2nd European Ed;
Domestic fee $834.00
International fee $3,788.00
* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.
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