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Introduction to Psychology

Sophia's Introduction to Psychology course helps you understand the basic principles of psychology and the scientific methods. In this course, you will study a variety of topics, including the brain, learning and memory, personality, social influence, child and lifespan development, and psychopathology. You will also have the ability to demonstrate the application of these psychology topics to everyday situations. Full Description

3 semester credits

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This Introduction to Psychology Course uses problem­-based learning that shows you how to apply your knowledge in real­-world situations. Our Many Ways™ learning model feature multiple teachers and various instructional styles for each concept so you can find a style that meshes with your individual learning preference. This rich, immersive experience helps you better understand and retain information, for an all­-around smarter way to learn.

Sophia's Introduction to Psychology Course helps you understand the basic principles of psychology and the scientific methods. In this course, you will study a variety of topics, including the brain, learning and memory, personality, social influence, child and lifespan development, and psychopathology. You will also have the ability to demonstrate the application of these psychology topics to everyday situations.

In Sophia's Introduction to Psychology Course, you will complete a series of assessments comprised of 18 Challenge assessments and 6 Milestone assessments tied to the following learning outcomes:

  • Identify foundational philosophies, therapies, and specializations in the field of psychology.
  • Analyze developmental psychology across the lifespan.
  • Identify theories of personality and personality assessment.
  • Articulate scientific research methodology and analytical approaches in the field of psychology.
  • Articulate how brain and psychological factors impact mental health and behavior.
  • Classify psychological disorders and impact on well­being.

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132 Student Reviews
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by Jean W. on September 26, 2016
Great course. There is a lot of information, so make sure to take notes!
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by Tara S. on September 23, 2016
This course was very well presented and the information was very easy to understand. I didn't feel like I was looking for answers for hours.
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by Susan O. on September 20, 2016
Loved it - very interesting
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by John O. on September 8, 2016
So far this is my favorite sophia course, highly recommended!
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by Christine N. on September 7, 2016
I especially appreciated the ability to go back and review the three questions for each lecture. And showing which questions I missed on the Unit Milestones was really helpful too. I've taken several Sophia courses and I highly recommend them!
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by Candace C. on September 5, 2016
Very well written. I highly recommend.
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by Benita P. on August 23, 2016
Great course; a lot of reading
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by Tabitha G. on August 14, 2016
LOVED LOVED LOVED this class!!!! It was so much fun, and I learned so much! It made me realize that psychology is truly where I belong, Thank you Sophia!

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