INTRODUCTION: Having completed an introductory course, students should have a basic understanding of psychology. This course will move into areas of abnormal psychology, dealing with emotions, stress, disturbances, disorders, group behavior and prejudice. Background information will be taken from a textbook. Updated information on causes, therapy and treatments will be provided with the aid of newspapers, journals and Internet sources.

-understand some of the motivations that drive us and what influences our emotions.
-define gender roles and gender stereotypes.
-describe stress and identify ways of controlling it.
-classify psychological disturbances and disorders found in our society and explain their causes.
-discuss and evaluate various methods of therapy used to treat psychological disturbances.
-understand the influence of groups on our behavior and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of group behavior.
-work cooperatively to create a videotape presentation depicting possible treatment procedures for a specific psychological disorder.
-develop an appreciation for the cultural diversity of our nation, and an awareness of the dangers of racism, discrimination and anti-social group behavior

COURSEWORK: Reading assignments, study guides, classroom notes, class participation, tests, research projects, video project.

GRADING: Tests in this course will generally consist of essay questions. In order to receive an “A” for the course, students must complete all assignments, achieve superior test scores, and participate appropriately in classroom activities.

CHEATING/PLAGIARISM: Giving or receiving unauthorized assistance and using unauthorized aids on any classwork or homework assignment is cheating, and is forbidden. The intentional or unintentional copying or imitating of the language or ideas of another and claiming them as one’s own is plagiarism, and is also forbidden. Any infraction involving cheating or plagiarism will result in no credit for that assignment and an office referral