2014 - 2015 Fairless High School
PSYCHOLOGY SYLLABUS

OVERVIEW
This class is an elective class that you have chosen to take. The definition of psychology is the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. You may have thought it was about the brain and why people act in sometimes peculiar ways.  It is a fascinating subject that will raise many questions in your mind. I encourage you to share your thoughts and opinions while being considerate of others emotional perspectives. 

 

COURSE OBJECTIVES AND GOALS
This class will broaden your intellect, tweak your conscience and teach the following:

 

  • Historical Perspectives, starting in Ancient Greece to present
  • Theories of Personality
  • Innate and learned behaviors
  • Consciousness, Perception, Memory
  • Motivation, Emotions, Stress
  • Gender Roles and Hormones
  • Brain Functions
  • Three Nervous Systems
  • Phobias and Psychological Disorders
  • Current Perspectives
  • Areas of Specialization such as educational and forensic
  • The Goals of Psychology
  • Research Methods to include random sampling, blind studies, double-blind studies.

REQUIRED READING AND MATERIALS
You will be given a copy of the textbook Psychology, Principles in Practice (Holt, Rinehart and Winston).

Psychology class is a history class and basic concepts do not change. When current data is required, information will be obtained from the most recent sources, for example, handouts or the internet. Students will maintain a three-ring binder for the entire year. It will be in chronological order and include handouts, class work and other assignments. Notebooks will be checked periodically.

 GRADING
This is everyone’s favorite part of the syllabus! Total possible points will be tallied at the end of each nine weeks and divided by the number of points received. The grading scale will follow school policy. Extra credit will be made available to all students. Stay tuned for those chances! Since you are all upperclassmen, there is no late policy. Turn your work in on time or take a zero. If you are absent, school policy is in effect. One more thing, academic dishonesty, enough said, school policy is in effect!

FOLLOW THE GOLDEN RULE. . .

TREAT OTHERS AS YOU WISH TO BE TREATED!

LET’S HAVE A GREAT YEAR!

Mrs. Janice Messenheimer-Courtney
330-767-3444 ext 431 
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