Courses Catalogue

Introduction To Psychology

COURSE CODE: EPY 1101
COURSE CREDIT UNIT: 3
ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Arts (Primary), 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