PSY – PSYCHOLOGY

Course Number/Title

Course description

Prerequisites

Credits

PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology

This course introduces students to the basic principles of human psychology through the study of major psychological theories, research methods and classic studies in psychology. Particular emphasis is placed on the discussion of human diversity and its impact on the development of individuals.

3 Credits

PSY 102 Critical Thinking

This course explores the process & practice of critical thinking. Students are guided into clear, insightful, logical, & creative thinking. Concrete examples from students’ experiences & contemporary issues are critiqued to develop analytical skills.

3 Credits

PSY 201 Developmental Psychology

This course surveys significant aspects of human growth and development throughout the lifespan. It includes biological and environmental influences on physical, cognitive, moral, social and personality development.

PSY101

3 Credits

PSY 304 Introduction to Social Psychology

This course provides a survey of the basic ideas and research methods used by social psychologists to understand, predict, and sometimes control social behaviour. By drawing heavily on Caribbean history and sociology, it explores three critical areas in Social Psychology: the self, interpersonal relationships, and group processes.

3 Credits

PSY 320 Introduction to Industrial Organisational Psychology

This course will introduce methods, practices, research, and theories of Industrial and Organisational (or I-O) Psychology. I-O psychology is a subfield of psychology concerned with various aspects of people in the workplace, including employee productivity and well-being. Real-world applications and research will be emphasised throughout the course.

PSY 101; PSY 102

3 Credits

PSY 350 Abnormal Psychology

Biological, psychosocial, and sociocultural perspec- tives will be used to increase knowledge concerning the symptom presentation, course, possible origin, and treatment of various mental disorders. Students will gain informa- tion about: what is abnormal, the presentation of the major classifications of disorders, the cause and maintenance of disorders, and treatment/prevention.

3 Credits

PSY 370 Theories of Personality

This course is designed to provide a survey of the field of personality, focusing on approaches that are relevant to psychotherapy and well-being. Classical and contemporary theoretical conceptualizations of the person will be the primary focus of the course materials, although some time will also be spent considering the research that has been conducted to test these theories.

PSY 101; PSY 102

3 Credits

PSY 380 Community Psychology

This course is designed as an introduction to the field of Community Psychology. Community psychologists conduct action research with organisations, communities, and individuals to promote systems change, social justice, and well-being. In this course students will learn about the history, values, theoretical foundations, and methods related to Community Psychology research and action.

PSY 101; PSY 102

3 Credits

PSY 404 Contemporary Issues of Social Psychology

Social Psychology had been described as the ‘scientific study of how people’s thoughts, feelings, and behaviours are influenced by the actual, imagined or implied presence of others.’ This course intro- duces students to the fundamental theoretical assumptions as well as the practicalities of Social Psychology.

3 Credits

PSY 420 Drugs and Behaviour

The purpose of this course is to provide an introduc- tion to the scientific study of drugs of abuse. An overview of basic pharmacology and behavioural pharmacology will be provided followed by in-depth analyses of the phys- iological and behavioural effects of both licit (e.g., caffeine, nicotine, alcohol) and illicit (e.g., cocaine, heroin, marijuana) drugs. Issues such as drug legalization and medical use of marijuana will be discussed.

PSY 101; PSY 102

3 Credits

PSY 450 Introduction to Counselling Theories

This course examines the basic tenets and therapeutic processes that characterise various theoretical approaches to counselling/psychotherapy. The models are clustered according to the four major forces in psychology: Psychodynamic Behavioural and Cognitive-Behavioural; Humanistic; and Contextual/Systemic.

PSY 101; PSY 102

3 Credits