Courses Catalogue

Introduction To Psychology

COURSE CODE: EPY1101
COURSE CREDIT UNIT: 3
ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Education (Mathematics) - B.Ed
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: College of Education, Open and Distance Learning
STATUS: Core
PROGRAMME TYPE: Undergraduate

Course Content and Outline

COURSE CONTENT

The Nature of Psychology (5 Hours)

§  Definition, aims and goals of Psychology

§  Schools of thought

§  Branches of Psychology

Theories of Personality (7 Hours)

·         Freud’s Psychoanalytic theory

·         Trait theories e.g. Gordon All port’s, Raymond Cattell’s and Hans Eysenck’s theories.

The Psychology of stress (5 Hours)

·         Sources and causes

·         Effects and coping mechanism

The psychology of attitudes and Attitude change (7 Hours)

·         Definition

·         Factors that influence

·         Theories

·         Displacement

·         Reducing violent behaviour

Social Perception (6 Hours)

·         Contexts of social perception

·         Impression formation and management

·         Theories of Attribution- Jones and Davis’ theory & Kelly’s Covariation theory

·         Biases in the attribution process

Prejudice and Discrimination (5 Hours)

·         Origins

·         Effects

Interpersonal attraction (5 Hours)

·         Definition

·         Determinants

Social Influence (5 Hours)

·         Determinants of the three forms of social influence, i.e. Obedience, Conformity and Compliance

·         Techniques for gaining the above.

MODE OF DELIVERY

  • Lectures
  • Reading assignments
  • Documentaries

INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS AND / OR EQUIPMENT

  • Whiteboard and Markers
  • Flip Charts
  • LCD Projectors
  • CDs, DVDs and Tapes