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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.


145 Student Reviews
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
by Kelly B. on November 30, 2016
I enjoyed this course, it was very helpful
by Christopher M. on November 30, 2016
Chapter six was great. One of the units completely abandoned the written tutorial, and if you watch too many video lectures in a row they stop working.
Sophia replied on November 30, 2016

Christopher - thanks for your feedback, and congratulations on successfully passing the course. It sounds like you encountered some technical issues in the course. If this happens, our support team can be reached via phone, email or Live Chat from within the courseroom.

— Mike F. | Sophia Learning Coach
by Damion W. on November 26, 2016
Course was amazing. Erick Taggart is wonderful.
by Ponda B. on November 16, 2016
This was an interesting course; very enlightening. If you read the material, the final exam is easy. I mostly preferred the Sophia tutorials overall. It was more detailed.
by Jodi V. on November 15, 2016
Thank you. Very interesting class!
by Michael H. on November 8, 2016
The course was very straight forward though sometimes the modules didn't prepare you for what you may be asked. Overall, good experience!
Sophia replied on November 8, 2016

Hi Michael -- We are glad you enjoyed the course. Each unit in the course has a comprehensive Study Guide that contains on the content for that unit. It is a great resource to use to prepare for the unit assessments. Congratulations on your successful course completion!

— Mike F. | Sophia Learning Coach
by sean k. on November 1, 2016
The course was extremely informative and the option of different teaching options was nice. I did find however, particular questions in the milestone or challenges we're not covered withal teachings. Making certain questions extremely difficult to answer.
Sophia replied on November 1, 2016

Congratulations Sean! Sophia Learning Coaches would like to hear from you when and if you cannot find the right instructional content in the course. We are here to help guide our students in the courses. We hope to see you in a future course with us soon. Thank you!

— Mike F. | Sophia Learning Coach


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