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Psychology
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Functionalism, Psychology, Structuralism, Subfields of Psychology, oss0152
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Science of Psychology - Course Map and Recommended Resources

Overview

How to Use this Guide

This guide provides information and resources on introducing the field of psychology as a science in an Introduction to Psychology course. All resources are Open Access and can be downloaded or added to a Course Management System (LMS) via the hyperlinks.  

Introduction

This is the introductory section for the class.  Most students come to the Introduction class with myths and ideas around the field. These resources most likely will be the first time students have had exposure to the field and will provide them how psychology can be applied to a wide range of contexts

Learning Objectives

  1. Define psychology

  2. Identify the major subfields of psychology

  3. Define structuralism

  4. Define functionalism

  5. Explain some of the major approaches to the field

Cross Cutting Themes

Ethics

  1. Discuss some of the ethical issues that are present in the field of psychology (Research and Practice)
  2. Share the APA code of ethics and point out some of the key concepts (i.e., informed consent)

Application

  1. Discuss ways in which the field of psychology can be helpful in other areas of the students’ lives
  2. Provide examples where psychology has made an impact on everyday situations (i.e., consumer psychology and buying habits)
  3. Identify some of the current debates in the discipline of psychology

Variations in Human Functioning

  1. Discuss how the field of psychology is more than just looking at pathology and disorders.  Talk about how positive psychology can be important to understanding the human condition
  2. Explain why psychology is a science and how it differs from common sense

Cultural and Social Diversity

  1. Discuss how psychology has (and can) make a difference in the lives of individuals from different cultures
  2. Discuss how psychology has (and can) make a difference with people of various sexual orientations and gender identities
  3. Discuss how psychology has (and can) make a difference with people from different religious backgrounds

Recommended Resources

What is Psychology?

This is the introductory section of the OpenStax.  It gives a background of the field and advantages to education in psychology. (Learning Objective 1)

Psychology: Science in Action

This is a resource from the American Psychological Association on the Science in Action section.  The site could be converted into a PDF and embedded into the LMS. It also has links to additional material covering some of the different specialty area in psychology. (Learning Objective 2)

History of Psychology

This is the second section in the introduction chapter in the OpenStax Psychology book.  It covers the history of the field focusing on structuralism and functionalism. (Learning Objectives 3 & 4)

The Evolution of Psychology: History, Approaches, and Questions

This is the second section of the Introduction to Psychology open textbook that is provided by the University of Minnesota Libraries Publishing.  It covers some of the major approaches to the field and also covers aspects of both structuralism and functionalism. (Learning Objectives 3, 4 & 5)                                                            

Supplemental Resources

Get Psyched: Think Stronger, Live Longer  (Video)

This is a great Ted Talk by Regan Gurung, Ph.D. who is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay. It covers several great concepts when introducing the field of psychology to students.                             

What is Psychology? (Video)

A video that was created to describe areas in psychology.  

Crash Course: Intro to Psychology  (Video)

Crash Course is an educational YouTube channel that focuses on different topics.  This is the first video in the psychology area.

Today in the History of Psychology

Students can put any date into the calculator and it will list on some of the historical developments within the field. 

Classics in the History of Psychology

This site is hosted by York University and allows students to read some of the primary source articles from the field.

The University of Akron Cummings Center for the History of Psychology

This is the site for the National Museum of Psychology located at the University of Akron.  Students can explore some of the historical papers or pictures from the history of the field

5 Minute History (Video)

A series of five-minute videos on key historical figures and stories in psychology from the National Museum of Psychology at the University of Akron.   

Class Activities

 

How to Study

This is a five part video series created by Dr. Stephen L. Chew; Department of Psychology; Samford University. Faculty can show this in class and point out some of the psychology research applications to the field of education, and learn how to study in the process. Since the Introduction to Psychology class is often one  of the first classes students take, it would be helpful for faculty to demonstrate how research in psychology can be applied to other areas of the students life, including other classes.

Overturning Myths in Introductory Psychology

This is an article from the Association of Psychological Sciences on how to teach overturning common myths in the Introduction to Psychology class.  There is a link to lesson plans on these topics that faculty could use to create classroom activities.

Challenging Mind Myths in Introductory Psychology Courses

This is an issue of the Psychology Teacher Network (a newsletter published by the American Psychological Association for teachers of Introduction to Psychology) that focuses on some of the common myths students typically enter our classes.  The faculty could present some of these myths as a true/false quiz in the first days of the class and have students discuss where they think these come from.

Activities Guide: Teaching Ethics in the Introduction to Psychology Course

Ideas on how to incorporate ethics into all phases of the Introduction to Psychology Course

First Day Activities

Ideas on activities for the first day of class from the Society for the Teaching of Psychology

Games in the Classroom

Ideas for games to be done in the classroom from the Society for the Teaching of Psychology

Careers in Psychology: American Psychological Association Guest Speakers

This is a feature provided by the American Psychological Association’s Education Directorate, which provides guest speakers for classes on careers in different types of psychology (i.e., I/O, Military, Sport, etc.).  Guest speakers are delivered via the Skype in the Classroom program from Microsoft.