Introduction to Psychological Theories and Research (History/Social Science Elective; US)

Grades 11–12

Students learn about how psychological theories help humans make sense of perceptions, understandings, and emotions. The course explores how we interpret and define knowledge, looking particularly at the definitions of epistemology, various psychological movements and theories, and how neuroscience and neurobiology have changed the science of the mind. The ethics of psychological study, as well as the psychology of ethics itself, are considered. Students examine the theories of psychology while also applying these theories to specific cases across human history. They study theoretical frameworks of previous scholars to understand how to interpret psychological phenomena (both that which we now understand and that which remains inexplicable), and they also look at the ways that scientific and technological advancements have changed the understanding of what it means to be human with a conscious mind. In addition, the class covers various psychological research methods and how the goals and methods of psychological studies can frame and bias the results. Students have the opportunity to explore areas of particular interest through project-based assessments and may have the opportunity for original research. 

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