Psychology | Introductory Psychology II
P102 | 3356 | Hoffman C.


Course Description: P1 01 addressed the biological bases of behavior and
psychological processes that all healthy people do in similar ways, though
at different levels, like sensing, perceiving, learning, remembering, and
thinking. P1 02 now turns to questions about how and why people are
different. In P1 02 we will address the topics of human social, mental and
moral development, personality, mental disorders and their treatment, and
social behavior. What childhood experiences affect how confident a child
is in meeting new people? Is personality innate and acquired? When do
children develop a sense of morality? Is it accurate to categorize people
as introspective or outgoing? How does culture influence individual
differences? What causes schizophrenia: A genetic tendency for
schizophrenia, a childhood medical trauma, or a dysfunctional family
environment? How should we treat depression: Drugs, psychotherapy, or
behavioral modification? Psychology 102 is for you if you are interested
in continuing your study in psychology, interested in understanding
yourself and others, or are considering a career in some type of helping
profession. Psychology 102 is also for you if you are interested in
enhancing your studies in anthropology, business administration, criminal
justice, cultural studies, education, history, humanities, sociology,
political science or women's studies (among other fields).
Required Textbook: Themes & Variations by Wayne Weiten, 4th edition, 1998.
Recommended Study Guide: Study Guide for Weiten's Themes & Variations by
Richard Stalling and Ronald Wasden, 4th edition, 1998
Format: Lecture with in-class demonstrations, audiovisual accompaniment,
occasional handouts, and student questions.
Grading: Students will take multiple-choice quizzes on each textbook
chapter using QuizSite, a program that can be accessed from computers
linked to the World Wide Web. There will be 4 multiple-choice exams which
will cover both lecture and textbook material.
Availability of the instructor: Office hours will be held Thursday and
Friday afternoon, or by appointment at other times. Assistant instructor
will hold office hours at complementary times.