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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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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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by Jacinta P. on August 5, 2016
I found the material both interesting and helpful, and it was presented in many different ways. However, it seemed like some of the questions were rather ambiguous or not centered on the main topics from the lessons.
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by John T. on July 28, 2016
At 58 I was hesitant to try for a degree. This was the first course on the path and I had my misgivings. Erick however, was a great teacher and his laid back style was just the right match to get me through this. Great job!!
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by Elizabeth O. on July 26, 2016
i learned a lot and thank you Sophia for making my classes go faster and at a very good price...
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by James C. on July 20, 2016
GREAT experience! I was nervous at first, but it is everything they advertise & more. I actually learned a lot. At my own pace was perfect & the tutorials were fantastic. Again, overall 5 stars. Thank you!
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by Ashleigh M. on July 18, 2016
The course was great.
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by Cheryl W. on July 16, 2016
Great class. Harder than some of the other Sophia courses, but I learned a great deal.
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by Kristin H. on July 12, 2016
Love this course, definitely prepared me for my future classes!!

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