Course Description

Course Name

Introduction to Psychology

Session: VSOU1522

Hours & Credits

3 Credits

Prerequisites & Language Level

Taught In English

  • There is no language prerequisite for courses at this language level.


Course Goals: 

The overarching goals of this class are to introduce you to the outlines of psychology as a scientific discipline and foster critical thinking about the facts and theories. Psychology is a broad field, and psychological topics are studied from several different perspectives. We will touch on many of the major questions, theories, and research findings of psychology. Of course, since we have only 6 weeks to cover the entire field of psychology, our consideration of most topics must be rather selective and brief. However, after this course, you should be familiar with the basics and be prepared for further study in more advanced psychology courses. I also hope that this course will increase your curiosity and your interest in the field of psychology. In order to make this a stimulating course, you need to contribute your time, effort, attention, and your genuine curiosity. I want your active involvement.

Requirements and Assignments:

 Exams: Four exams, each covering a different portion of the course materials (i.e., non-cumulative). Tests will be multiple choice and will be based on material from the book and class. There will be an emphasis on questions that test your understanding of the material and your ability to apply it to new situations, rather than your ability to simply memorize facts and figures. **Make up exams will not be given.

**If you arrive more than 15 minutes late for any exam, you will not be allowed to take the exam. You must take the exam during your designated class section and time (do NOT go at a different time). Bring your KU ID to each exam.

Please read the chapters for class prior to the lecture on the topic. This will allow class to serve as a review, and you’ll be in a better position to ask questions and converse about the topics.

Extra Credit—Optional extra credit (earn a total of up to 18 points extra credit).

  1.  Earn 9 points extra credit for attending a lecture (date and time To Be Announced) and writing a brief reaction paper of at least 2 paragraphs long in response to the talk.
  2. There will be a research survey available If you complete this survey you will earn 9 points. Be sure to include your student ID. All extra credit (reaction paper and/or survey) are each due July27 at 23:30 pm.


*Course content subject to change