SOW-PSB1GE06E
General Introduction to Psychology
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleSOW-PSB1GE06E
Credits (ECTS)7
CategoryPB (Propaedeutic)
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Social Sciences; Psychology;
Lecturer(s)
PreviousNext 5
Lecturer
dr. J.P. Ferreira
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Lecturer
drs. P. Franssen
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Examiner
dr. T.A.M. Lansu
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Lecturer
dr. T.A.M. Lansu
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Lecturer
K.S. van Noord, MSc
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Academic year2018
Period
P1  (03/09/2018 to 04/11/2018)
Starting block
P1
Course mode
full-time
Remarks-
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesYes
Pre-registrationNo
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-
Aims
  1. You can describe and explain the basic relations between brain, cognition and behavior and apply this knowledge to cognitive functions, including perception, consciousness, learning, memory and decision making (EK1, 2).
  2. You can describe and explain the basic relations between normal and abnormal functioning and the role of development (EK 3).
  3. You can describe and explain the basic relations between social context and behavior (EK 2).
  4. You can apply your knowledge on the relation between social context and behavior to relevant topics in social and cultural psychology, work psychology, developmental psychology and clinical psychology, including intelligence, development, personality, psychopathology and treatment of mental disorders (EK 2, 3).
  5. You have knowledge about different research methods and paradigms used in cognitive psychology, neuropsychology, social psychology, developmental psychology and clinical psychology (EK 4).
  6. You can apply different psychological perspectives (e.g., biological and social psychology) to explain daily life situations (EK 1, 3, 5).
Content
The course provides a general introduction to psychology. You will learn the basic terminology and concepts, and get acquainted with psychological theories, experimental paradigms and research techniques. Topics that will be covered during the course include brain anatomy, psychophysiology, perception, consciousness, learning, memory, decision making, emotions, personality, social psychology, psychopathology and treatment of mental disorders. The objective of this course to lay an academic foundation for aspirant psychologists, which enables the student to address theoretical and practical issues in science and society in a critical and constructive way.
The first part of the course focuses on the domain Brain & Cognition. This will involve questions such as how our memory works, what consciousness is, how we are able to adapt to complex environments, how our perception works and how our brain manages to perform all these functions. The second part of the course focuses on the domain Development & Mental Health and Behaviour & Environment. This will involve questions such as these: What is intelligence? How do people develop? To what extent are people influenced by others?
After completing this course you will have a complete and contemporary overview of the scientific basis of modern psychology.
Prerequisites
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Required materials
Book
Gazzaniga, M., Heatherton, T., & Halpern, D. (2016). Psychological Science (6th edition). W.W. Norton, New York.
ISBN:978-0393-26313-8

Instructional modes
Lecture
Attendance MandatoryYes

Question-and-answer seminars

Self-study assignments

Workgroup

Tests
Exam: multiple-choice
Test weight1
Test typeMultiple choice
OpportunitiesBlock P1, Block P2