Courses Catalogue

Introduction To Psychology

COURSE CODE: SWS1103
COURSE CREDIT UNIT: 3
ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Social Work And Social Administration, Bachelor
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: College of Humanities and Social Sciences
STATUS: Core
PROGRAMME TYPE: Undergraduate

Course Content and Outline

    Introduction to Psychology and its methods(3CH)

  •  The nature of psychology
  •  Definition
  • Goals of psychology
  •  A history of psychology-Perspectives on behavior
  • Structuralism; Functionalism; Behaviorism; Gestalt psychology
  • Humanistic psychology;
  • Psychodynamic psychology
  •  Fields within psychology


   Learning and adaptation- the role of experience (6CH)

  •   Adapting to the environment
  •   Learning
  •   How and why do we learn?
  •    Theories of Learning; Classical conditioning; Operant conditioning Observation learning

    Memory-Memory processes; (6CH)

  • Stages of memory storage;
  •  Forgetting; Theories of forgetting
  • Major disorders of memory (amnesia);
  • Memory enhancement techniques.

Personality-(6CH)

  • The nature of personality;
  •  Concepts in explaining personality; Classifying traits
  •   Personality development; the structure of personality according to Sigmund Freud

The concepts of motivation and emotions(4CH)

  •   Theories of motivation-
  •   Types of motives; Sexual motivation
  • The nature and functions of emotions

   Social Psychology(12CH)

  • Attitudes, Behavior and Persuasion
  •  Social Cognition
  •   Social Influences
  •   Helping behavior
  • Aggression

  Health Psychology (4CH)

  •  Enhancement of health
  •   Prevention of disease and Treatment of disease
  •   Identification of risk factors
  • Improvement of the health care system
  •  Shaping public opinion regarding health

 Introduction on psychological disorders; (4CH)

  •  Types of psychological disorders;
  • Treatment of Psychological disorders

MODE OF DELIVERY

  • Lectures
  • Practical assignments
  • Field trips
  • Documentaries

INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS AND / OR EQUIPMENT

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