PSYCH 120 - First-Year Seminar in Psychology as a Social Science
Section: 005 Psychology In (your) Education
Term: FA 2013
Subject: Psychology (PSYCH)
Department: LSA Psychology
Course Note:
A small seminar introducing students to the topics of psychology and issues which are important to the field of psychology.
Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
Advisory Prerequisites:
Enrollment restricted to first-year students, including those with sophomore standing.
Other Course Info:
May not be included in a concentration plan in Psychology.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Welcome to "Psychology In (your) Education". This seminar class is designed to meet several goals:

  1. Introduce students to basic theories of how humans learn and the psychological principles that underlie these theories.
  2. reflection on students’ experiences in their previous thirteen years of education.
  3. Encourage the development of a personalized set of “best learning practices” drawn from past experience and class readings and discussions, that will be applicable for the duration of the students’ post-secondary education.

This course will explore how we learn, and what psychology has to offer in terms of helping us learn and retain more knowledge, most efficiently. We’ll cover some basic principles from cognitive and developmental psychology to ground our discussions. Students will be asked to critically examine their own past educational experiences and current beliefs about topics including: motivation, the purpose of education, the value and power of GPA and standardized testing. A successful student will complete the class with a broad and improved understanding of how people best learn in general, and how THEY best learn in particular.

Course Requirements:

Evaluations will be based primarily on attendance/participation (at least 50% of grade), and a summative assessment chosen by the student (e.g.,. final paper, final exam, group project, at least 30% of grade). Numerous smaller evaluation activities will be scattered throughout the course based on student feedback.

Readings will be provided by the instructor via CTools. There are no direct textbook costs.

Intended Audience:

Freshmen students considering majoring in Psychology, particularly those with interest in Educational Psychology

Class Format:

Class sessions will include mini-lectures, discussion, small group activities and individual projects.

PSYCH 120 - First-Year Seminar in Psychology as a Social Science
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
Th 5:00PM - 8:00PM
003 (SEM)
3LSA Hnrs Y1
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
005 (SEM)
MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
Note: Psych 120-005 Topic: Psychology In (your) Education
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