Psychology

Programs & Courses

Programs

 
 
 

Courses

PSYC-1010 Introduction to Psychology I – Foundations: (3.0 credit hours) Survey of the psychological study of behaviour, and of the essential psychological and physiological foundations of human growth, thinking, and behaviour. Topics include research processes, neuropsychology, genetic and environmental influences, sensation and perception, consciousness, learning, and development.

PSYC-1020 Introduction to Psychology II - Individuals and Interactions: (3.0 credit hours) Survey (or “examination”) of the psychological processes that shape individual human behaviour and thinking, and that influence interaction. Topics include memory, thinking and intelligence, motivation and emotion, personality, stress, disorders and their treatment, and social processes. Prerequisite: PSYC-1010.  

BUSI/PSYC-2020 Organizational Behaviour: (3.0 credit hours) Examination of the impact of human behaviour on the formal and informal organization. Topics include leadership, work groups, organizational conflict, and communications. Prerequisite: BUSI- 1000 or PSYC -1020 or permission of instructor.

PSYC-2030 Research Design in Psychology: (3.0 credit hours) An introduction to basic research designs in the social sciences. Topics include considerations in data collection, descriptive and survey methods, measurement techniques, experimental methods, the interpretation and reporting of results, and research ethics. Includes a laboratory requirement. A laboratory fee will be assessed. Prerequisite: PSYC-1020 or permission of instructor

PSYC-2040 Research Analysis in Psychology: (3.0 credit hours) An introduction to basic techniques in data analysis for the social sciences, and their relation to specific research designs. Topics include descriptive statistics, predictive techniques, hypothesis testing and estimation, and inferential statistics. Includes a laboratory requirement.  A laboratory fee will be assessed. Cross-listed as MATH-1000.  Students may not hold credit in both this course and that.

PSYC-2100 Social Cognition and Influence: (3.0 credit hours) An examination of how we think about ourselves and about the people around us. Topics include social perception, our social selves, beliefs and judgments, attitudes, conformity, and persuasion. Prerequisite: PSYC-1020 or permission of the instructor.

PSYC-2110 Social Relationships and Behaviour: (3.0 credit hours) A study of how relationships are formed, maintained, and disrupted. Topics may include group dynamics, close relationships, prejudice, aggression, attraction, and conflict. Prerequisite: PSYC-1020 or permission of instructor.

PSYC-2200 Developmental Psychology—Childhood: (3.0 credit hours) A study of psychological development from prenatal life until puberty. Topics include personality and social development, perceptual and cognitive development, language, intelligence, and moral development. Prerequisite: PSYC-1010 or permission of instructor.

PSYC-2210 Developmental Psychology—Adolescence: (3.0 credit hours) A study of major psychological development from puberty through emerging adulthood. Topics may include the history of theory and research into adolescence, family structures, parent and peer influences, sex role development, identification, cognitive development, and youth culture. Prerequisite:  PSYC-1010 or permission of the instructor.

PSYC-2220 Developmental Psychology—Adulthood: (3.0 credit hours) A study of psychological development and adjustment during adulthood and aging. Topics include normal aging processes, family relationships, work and retirement, health concerns, life satisfaction, and end of life issues. Prerequisite: PSYC-1010 or permission of instructor.

PSYC-2300 Cognitive Processes: (3.0 credit hours) A study of the unique cognitive processes that determine our understanding of the external world (and its people). We will examine the processes of perception and attention, of learning and memory, of language production and comprehension, and of reasoning and decision making. Attention is given to both effective functioning and to the biases and distortions that influence our thinking.  Prerequisite: PSYC-1020 or permission of instructor.

PSYC-2400 Counselling Theories: (3.0 credit hours) An overview of current counselling theories, such as Psychoanalytic, Existential, Person-Centered, Gestalt, Reality, Behaviour, and Cognitive therapies. Attention will be given to their respective therapeutic processes and to a critical evaluation of each theory. Prerequisite: PSYC-1020 or permission of instructor.

PSYC-2410 Counselling Techniques: (3.0 credit hours) Explores the formation of helping relationships, using the Human Relations Model of Helping, with a focus on self-understanding as a basis for effective communication and understanding of human interactions. Topics will also include helping skills, helper characteristics, communication skills, barriers to communication, relationship establishment, ethics and values clarification.  Prerequisite: PSYC- 2400.

PSYC/SOCI-2700 Interpersonal Communication: (3.0 credit hours) An examination of the multilevel communication processes that underlie and support social interaction and relationship formation and change. Special attention will be given to the differences and connections between verbal and nonverbal communication and to the rules and rituals of social interaction in everyday life. Prerequisite: PSYC-1020 or SOCI-1110 or PCTS-1110.

PSYC-2800 History of Psychology: (3.0 credit hours) This course explores the intellectual and social contexts within which the diverse theories and models of the discipline have arisen. Major themes and trends will be analyzed, together with influential theorists and landmark studies. Most importantly, the assumptions underlying psychological explanations for human behaviour will be examined. Prerequisite: PSYC-1020 or permission of instructor.

PSYC-2950 Topics in Psychology: (3.0 credit hours) The content of this course will vary from year to year, depending on the needs of students and the interests and availability of instructors. Prerequisite: Will vary based on topics chosen for this course.

BUSI/PSYC-3000 Organizational Leadership:  (3.0 credit hours) Examination of the theory and practice of leadership and decision-making in organizations. Topics include trait, behavioural and situational models of organizational leadership, leadership as power and influence, and processes involved in the decision making of individuals and groups, large and small, formal and informal. Attention will also be given to development of skills in leadership. Prerequisite: 30 credit hours of university-level courses.

PSYC-3030 Qualitative Inquiry in the Social Sciences: (3.0 credit hours) An introduction to conducting qualitative research in the social sciences. Topics include: the assumptions that inform qualitative research designs; procedures for gathering meaningful data through interviews, observation, and textual archives; the analysis of such data; and ethical issues pertaining to the research endeavour. Prerequisite: 30 credit hours of university-level courses.

PSYC-3400 Abnormal Psychology: (3.0 credit hours) An examination of current theory and research regarding abnormal human behaviour, and an attempt to understand psychological disorders within the context of human biology, development, and society. Topics may include stress and anxiety, affective disorders, psychophysiological and personality disorders, mental health, policy and social issues. Both scientific explanation and phenomenology will be addressed. Prerequisite: 30 credit hours of university-level studies, including PSYC-1020 or permission of the instructor.

PSYC-3500 Psychology of Personality: (3.0 credit hours) A survey of traditional and modern approaches to explaining the underlying bases of personality structure and development, together with individual differences. Emphasis is placed on the interrelation of theory, assessment, and research, and on current themes in the study of personality. Prerequisite: 30 credit hours of university-level studies, including PSYC-1020 or permission of the instructor.

PSYC-3800 Psychology and Christianity: (3.0 credit hours) Both Christian belief and psychological theory have much to say about human nature, about what/ how we can know, and about how we should think and behave. There are many points of agreement and of conflict. This course represents a re-consideration of various psychological theories and well-known research findings from Christian perspectives. Prerequisite: 12 credit hours in Psychology.

PSYC-3950 Topics in Psychology: (3.0 credit hours) The content of this course will vary from year to year, depending on the needs of students and the interests and availability of instructors. Prerequisite: A minimum of 30 credit hours of university-level studies.  Specific course prerequisites will vary based on the topics chosen for this course.

PSYC/SOCI-4030 Qualitative Inquiry in the Social Sciences: (3.0 credit hours) Examination of principles and procedures for conducting qualitative research in the social sciences. Topics include: the assumptions that inform qualitative research designs; procedures for gathering meaningful data through interviews, observation and textual archives; the analysis of such data; and ethical issues pertaining to the research endeavour. Prerequisite: 60 credit hours of university-level studies, including 12 credit hours in social sciences.

PSYC-4940 Independent Study in Psychology: (3.0 credit hours) A study in a specific area of Psychology under the direction of a faculty member. Prerequisites: A minimum of 60 credit hours of university-level studies, including 15 credit hours in psychology plus permission of instructor.

PSYC-4950 Topics in Psychology: (3.0 credit hours) The content of this course will vary from year to year, depending on the needs of students and the interests and availability of instructors. Prerequisite: A minimum of 60 credit hours of university-level studies.  Specific course prerequisites will vary based on the topics chosen for this course.

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