PSY 203 - General Psychology
The topics in this course (part of a 3 course offering) include: personality, social psychology; stress and coping; psychological disorders and their treatment.
Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:
1. Demonstrate an understanding of the area of personality psychology - including the major theories that have guided personality research, the methods used to assess personality, the interactive roles of nature and nurture in the development of personality, and the role personality traits can play as predictive factors for a wide variety of health (physical and psychological) related outcomes.
2. Describe and explain the stress response, identify the different sources of stressors, discuss a variety of stress management methods, and demonstrate an understanding of the effects of stress management on improving one’s physical and psychological health.
3. Critically evaluate the concept abnormal behavior”: (including the complex and interactive influence of social, cultural and historical factors); describe a number of psychological disorders, how they are assessed and diagnosed; and critically evaluate the various therapeutic approaches for treating disorders, taking into account the individual, gender, and cultural differences in efficacy.
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