Psychology is a discipline of questions. At its core, it attempts to answer the question of why humans think and behave the way they do—no easy task, given the diversity of human behaviors and cultures!
The discipline of psychology is enormously diverse, covering topics like language, child development, mental disorders, cognition, personality, and consciousness. However, within this huge variety of potential focus points, there are a few types of analysis and questions that we can use to construct a framework. Our main goal for this course is to help you understand how psychologists approach studying human behavior, to give you a solid grounding in key studies about human behavior and cognition, and to have you ultimately thinking and behaving as a psychologist.
Psychology Course Syllabus
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Office Hours: By appointment- email me or stop by to make an appointment!
As this is an elective class, assessment methods will be somewhat more traditional than in core classes, and structured more like a college class. The breakdown is as follows:
*Please note that while it is indeed technically possible to pass this class without doing any of the homework it is in fact highly unlikely that you could pull this off. I suggest not attempting to prove me wrong here.
Please have the following with you every day:
Other Important Policies
What do I do if I am late to class?
Come in quietly. Check the DP and read the daily blog. If you require further clarification, ask a neighbor. You should come see me only after doing all of the above.
What do I do if I am sick or miss school?
If you miss school it is your responsibility to read the blog, stay abreast of our course material, and contact me with questions.
Can I get extra credit?
When are assignments due?
Assignments are due in the first minute of class. Anything turned in later than one minute after class has begun will be docked an immediate 20%. No late work will be accepted after a week has passed. Make sure all printing is done beforehand.
What if I can’t complete an assignment on time?
In many college environments, students are granted extensions only in rare and exceptional circumstances- illness, death in the family, significant life circumstances, mental health issues, etc.
In moving towards a more college-like approach, this year I will only be granting extensions to students who have an exceptional circumstance that requires an extension, AND who ask as far in advance of the deadline as possible. If you need to request an extension, you must use this form: Extension Special Request Form.
Things that do NOT qualify as exceptional circumstances include but are not limited to: Sports absences, procrastination, minor colds/injuries, failure to understand the assignment directions that we went over in class, lots of work in other classes, family trips/vacations, general varieties of teenage angst.
The 1-per-student Extension Rule and Request Guidelines
However, I also understand that you have busy academic and personal lives, and in order to help you be healthy humans, I will allow each student ONE (1) extension request per semester. The request should be submitted to me in an email by 6pm the evening before an assignment is due. Please indicate in your email request the reason for your request, and the date by which you think it appropriate to submit the assignment. THIS DOES NOT APPLY TO EXHIBITION PRODUCTS OR THE FINAL DRAFT SENIOR THESIS.
What happens if I plagiarize?
Any assignments that are plagiarized will result in a zero for that assignment, and will be reported to Sean and Libby.