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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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151 Student Reviews
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by Lisa B. on January 16, 2017
Hard! Too much information to retain in a short amount of time!
Sophia replied on January 17, 2017

Hi Lisa -- Congratulations on your successful course completion. Yes, this is a college level course in Psychology that covers 6 units of material. Our students have 60 days to complete the course in a self-paced structure, and additional time, in the form of extensions, is available if needed.

— Mike F. | Sophia Learning Coach
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by Ta-keisha P. on December 19, 2016
I really enjoyed learning about Psychology, the videos and texts where easy to understand while learning. I would recommend this course or site to anyone.
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by Kade E. on December 12, 2016
I thought the course was very informative and easy to navigate through the tutorials. Good course
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by Sean W. on December 9, 2016
Was a great course!
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by Kevin L. on December 6, 2016
It was straight forward and I loved the whole work at your own pace and most of all NO PAPERS to write. My only problem is if you like to study via reading the last 2 or 3 sections are videos only. Not a deal breaker just a heads up. Easiest 3 credits ever.
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by Jana R. on December 4, 2016
There was a consistent problem of question that came up, for where there was no concrete answer to be found in the tutorials. As well as this there was no clear direction in which the course is going, as most of the time subjects are not built upon but simply mentioned.
Sophia replied on December 5, 2016

Jana - Congratulations on your successful course completion! Please remember that Sophia Learning Coaches are here for those times when you can't seem to find the right instructional content. We can help students think through the question, and then provide guidance to the right material. We hope to get a chance to work with you in a future course. Thank you!

— Mike F. | Sophia Learning Coach
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by Merijo H. on December 1, 2016
The Eric Taggert tutorials are so hard to watch because of his grammar. He begins every sentence with the word "SO". The written text with his presentations follows his exact words, with broken sentences that distract from content. In one section, his tutorial presented more of the needed information, and the textbook version was not available. I prefer the guided instruction method, but his are just so painful to watch.
Sophia replied on December 1, 2016

Merijo -- Thanks for your feedback, and congratulations on completing the course. Sophia's "Many Ways to Learn" format gives the student flexibility to learn from more than one instructor. So, in the event you don't like a certain instructor's presentation, there are other options. This is something you typically don't get in a college course. We hope to have you in a future course with us. Thank you!

— Mike F. | Sophia Learning Coach
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by Kelly B. on November 30, 2016
I enjoyed this course, it was very helpful

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