PSK 101 introduction to psychology I

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Psychology has long past, yet its real history is short.

- Hermann Ebbinghaus

PSK 101 Introduction to Psychology I

Psychology has long past, yet its real history is short.” - Hermann Ebbinghaus

We cannot state a specific year when people talked about psychology of things around themselves. It appears that as Ebbinghaus stated, although psychology has a short written story, its past had begun with the evolution of the first human being. In this course, students will be able to get knowledge on how to look at different perspectives of psychology in order to solve the problems within each perspective. The basic topics include testing psychological research hypotheses and the theories of mind-body relationship. This course includes topics such as research methods, physiological bases of behavior, brain and behavior, sensation and perception, states of consciousness, learning, memory, language and intelligence. Students will be asked to use their critical thinking skills to understand and analyze the problems around you. In other words, they will gain practice for asking rational questions about human nature.

At the end of this course students will be able to;
1. Think both as a scientist and psychologist,
2. Differentiate between the different psychological approaches and analyze psychological issues from the perspective of these different approaches,
3. Follow through the several steps of assessment in investigating a certain psychological research hypothesis,
4. Accumulate knowledge on the theories and research regarding the normal and abnormal functioning of the brain, the senses and the mind, and develop habits of critical inquiry on related issues.

Reading List
Main Textbook: King, L. (2017). The Science of psychology: An appreciative view (4th ed.). New York: McGraw Hill.

Evaluation and Grading
I. Creative Essays and Exams (30% of your total grade): In PSK 101 course, in addition to formal exams, you are going to be asked to present your knowledge in a critical and creative manner. Although the format is similar to standard examinations, the actual performance is dependent on your skills in analyzing, comprehension and written presentation. For these informed assignments and quizzes you will be able to use any material (books, your notes,… etc.).
II. Mid Term Exam (30% of your total grade): A classic, comprehensive mid term exam includes all topics discussed in class sessions.
III. Final Exam (40% of your total grade): A classic, comprehensive final exam includes all topics discussed in class sessions.

Weekly Course Schedule

Week 01 (Sep., 26th): ORY 100 - Introduction to University Life

Week02 (Oct., 3rd): Introduction to PSK101
Read: Chapter 1 (all parts)

Week03 (Oct., 10th): Do We Only Use 10% of Our Brain?
The Biological Approach (p.11, Chapter 1)
The Nervous System (pp. 62 - 65, Chapter 3)
Structures of the Brain and Their Functions (pp. 74 - 78, Chapter 3)
The Brain in Different Species (p. 81, Chapter 3)
Brain Damage, Plasticity, and Repair (pp. 90 - 92, Chapter 3)

Week04 (Oct., 17th): Can Zombies be Real?
How Brain is Organized (pp.78 - 82, Chapter 3)
The Cerebral Cortex (pp.82 - 86, Chapter 3)

Week05 (Oct., 24th): What Happens to You, When You Do Love Someone?
Health and Wellness (pp.20 - 21, Chapter 1)
Neurons (pp.65 - 73, Chapter 3)

Love (p. 462, Chapter 13)

Week06 (Oct., 31th): Can You Learn While You Sleep?
Contemporary Approaches to Psychology (pp. 11 - 12, Chapter 1)
Sleep and Dreams (pp.148 - 160, Chapter 5)

Types of Learning (pp. 180 - 181, Chapter 6)

Week07 (Nov., 07th): What is the Best Way to Study for Exams?
Memory (pp. 213 - 227, Chapter 7)
Study Tips from the Science of Memory (pp. 242 - 244, Chapter 7)
Self-Determination Theory (pp.335 - 336, Chapter 10)

Optimum Arousal Theory (pp.327 - 3328, Chapter 10)

Week09 (Nov., 21th): Are Women from Venus and Men from Mars?
Gender, Sex, and Sexuality (pp. 356 - 383, Chapter 11)

Week10 (Nov., 28th): How Little Children Turns into Kllling Machines?
Observational Learning (p. 200, Chapter 6)
Antisocial Personality Disorder (p.521, Chapter 15)
Conformity (pp. 447-448, Chapter 13)

Week11 (Dec., 5th): Why do We Obey?
Social Influence (pp. 446-453 Chapter 13)

Week11 (Dec., 12th):
Is Beauty in the Eye of the Beholder?
The Evolutionary Approach (p. 13 Chapter 1)
Classical Conditioning (pp. 180 - 190 Chapter 6)

Week12 (Dec., 19th): What is Normal?
Abnormal Behavior (pp. 497-503 Chapter 15)
Anxiety Disorders (pp. 503 - 505 Chapter 15)

Anxiety Disorders (pp. 507 - 510 Chapter 15)
Suicide (pp. 523 - 525 Chapter 15)