Introduction to Psychology
(Minimum 5, Maximum 12)
Why do you procrastinate on your big project knowing you need to start now? What is motivation and where do we get it? How do you “get better at time management?” Humans routinely accomplish amazing feats without appreciating how interesting we are or stopping to further study the science of our own brains, minds, and thinking. This creativity reflects our Creator! This course will explore how our brains work when we are routinely influenced by other people and events and how to navigate a world of overwhelming information responsibly and with discretion.
By the end of this course, students will have gained their understanding and appreciation of who we are and how we work along with an appreciation for critical thinking. We will explore the brain and some of the cognitive abilities it supports like learning, attention, memory, perception, and consciousness. We will examine human development, in terms of “growing up” and “growing old,” and will discuss the manner in which the behavior of others affect our own thoughts and behavior. We will discuss various forms of mental illness and the treatments that are used to help those who suffer from them. We will highlight the most interesting experiments within the field of psychology, discussing the implications of those studies for our understanding of the human mind and human behavior. Finally, in an overwhelmingly secular field of study that is relatively new compared to other sciences, we will learn how to navigate all this material in a responsible way that brings glory to our Creator. We will see how the field of psychology highlights Scriptural truths about humanity, rather than disproving them, and how the pursuit of understanding ourselves ultimately brings glory to the One in whose image we are made.
This cost of this course will be $350/year with a $25 supply fee.
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