Faculty of Arts
             Minor in Psychology

Course Description

PSYC 131  Introduction to Psychology (Cr.3)
This course is a general introductory survey presenting the fundamental concepts in learning, developmental psychology, personality and other allied aspects such as motivation and emotion. Emphasis is placed on the essential differences between theory and fact.

PSYC 231 Developmental Psychology (Cr.3)
This course includes the development of the physical, perceptual, emotional, social and cognitive aspects of the stages of childhood and adolescence. Focus is placed on their implications in relation to the educational and social processes.
Prerequisite: PSYC 131

PSYC 232  Psychology for Health Care (Cr.3)
This course enables students to acquire the necessary appreciation of the theories of psychology as applied in health care.  It includes an awareness of their own behavior and that of others, and its importance in patient-therapist relationships.  Topics covered include: perception, motivation, and the development of personality and attitudes.  Emphasis is placed on group discussion in order to develop problem-solving skills essential for a competent health care practitioner.

PSYC 233  Social Psychology (Cr.3)
This course is designed to acquaint students with new directions in social psychology. Emphasis moves from theories and methods to applied topics, including ways in which social interaction affects the behavior and thought of the individual.
Prerequisite: PSYC 231

PSYC 234  Social Psychology for Health Care (Cr.3)
This course introduces students to the effects of social groups on the behavior of the individual. The nature and effects of group pressure, relationships and hierarchical structures within social groups and development of attitudes are also studied. Particular attention is paid to the effects of disability, loss, aging, and bereavement.
Prerequisite:  PSYC 231

PSYC 243  Psychosocial Problems (Cr.3)
This course acquaints students with an in-depth analysis of major psycho-social problems as drug addiction, child maltreatment, juvenile delinquency, battered women, societal reactions to mental health problems.   Interrelationship among psycho-social problems, policies, social norms and delivery of services in areas of mental health, social welfare and education are discussed.  Special attention is given to the identification of and intervention in psycho-social problems. 
Prerequisite:  PSYC 233

PSYC 331  Psychology of Adjustment (Cr.3)
This course reviews theory and research in the psychology of adjustment.  Emphasis is placed on major areas in psycho-social adjustment as motives, stress, frustration, anxiety, and inner conflict.  The course also acquaints students with psycho-social factors that may influence adjustment in various settings as family, classroom, workplace.  Students study models of prevention and intervention in order to facilitate the process of psychological adjustment.
Prerequisite: PSYC 233

PSCY 333  Culture and Personality (Cr.3)
This course focuses on major approaches, methods, and findings in the field of culture and personality. It presents an overview of basic theories, strategies, issues and conclusions in the psychological study of personality. Attention is given to culture emphasizing the person-situation controversy.
Prerequisite: PSYC 233

PSYC 335  Abnormal Psychology (Cr.3)
This course focuses on the concept that  abnormal behaviors are no different from other behavior patterns in their development and maintenance. The aim is to acquaint students with a range of approaches to the concept of abnormality by giving a historical introduction to abnormal behavior and diagnostic methods. Students also study theories of abnormality, methods of formulating and measuring abnormal behavior, and its treatment. 
Prerequisite: PSYC 233

PSYC 336 Introduction To Counseling  (Cr. 3)
This is a basic course for students of social work and psychology.  It provides students with a comprehensive survey of major theories and systems of counseling and stresses the relationship between theory and application with emphasis on counseling micro-skills.

PSYC 341  Group Dynamics (Cr.3)
This course reviews theory and research in group processes while demonstrating the relevance of this work in applied Palestinian settings. Conceptual analyses of group processes is reviewed in depth when presenting ideas, evidence and viewpoints. Classic analyses of groups as leadership, reactions to deviance, and determinants of group performance are integrated with contemporary topics.  Emphasis is placed on group behavior in therapeutic, educational, organizational, industrial, judiciary and athletic contexts. 
Prerequisite: PSYC 131/233

PSYC 343  Political Psychology (Cr.3)
A critical examination of the psychological bases of political behavior is covered in this course. It includes an analysis of the concepts of attitudes, ideology, power, influence, consensus, group conflict and social identity. Areas covered include learning and political socialization, personality and ideology, motivation in politics, public opinion and the media, political conflict and change.

PSYC 429 Clinical Psychology (Cr. 3)

Students are exposed to the history, theory and practice of clinical psychology and its relationship with abnormal psychology and counseling.  Students are introduced to clinical practices used for individuals with psychological or clinical behavioral problems.  Included in this course are an overview of psychotherapeutic procedures, community intervention, interview and assessment methods, and the use of personality inventories and intelligence tests.  Research, ethical issues and professional relationships are also discussed. 
Prerequisite: PSYC 335

PSYC 431   Exceptional Children (Cr.3)
This course presents the characteristics of exceptional children and various ways in which they are educated, trained and treated. The focus is on traditional categories of special education, as learning disabilities, emotional disturbance, speech and language disorders, hearing, visual and physical impairment, and giftedness. Emphasis is placed on diagnosis, etiology, assessment and intervention.

PSYC 432  Cognitive Psychology  (Cr.3)
This course provides a critical overview of the theories and methods in  social cognition. Application of theories and methods of research in therapy, health, politics, education, organizations, marketing and law are discussed. Emphasis is placed on social cognition theories of attribution, psychological control, social schemata, attention, personal memory and social inferences.



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