This general psychology course is an overview of the major theories and findings in the field of Psychology, with an emphasis on the use of the scientific method to ask and answer questions about human behavior and mental processes.
Topics include the brain and behavior, the relative influences of nature and nurture, mechanisms of learning, development, human memory, stress and health, personality, psychological disorders and treatments, and social behavior. Emphasis is placed on the multiple determinants of behavior, including cultural and contextual factors as well as individual differences.
This course has online exams that require a proctor, either at the CSU Testing Center or online using ProctorU. Options for exam proctoring will be described in the syllabus.
This course meets the All-University Core Curriculum (AUCC) requirements for Social/Behavioral Sciences (Category 3C) and is approved under gtPathways in the content area of Human Behavior, Culture, or Social Frameworks (GT-SS3).
Students are required to purchase access to “LaunchPad” for Exploring Psychology in Modules, 10th Edition. The Launchpad contains the text, required quizzes and videos, and supplemental study material for this course. Access can be purchased online or through the CSU bookstore; see the document called “Purchasing and Registering LaunchPad” on Canvas when it becomes available before the semester begins, and follow the instructions carefully so that you are using the LaunchPad for this particular instructor and semester. Students who would also like a paper text may purchase a paper version (generally available in paperback or loose-leaf), but that is optional.