- describe and critically evaluate psychological studies and major theories
- choose appropriate research methods for particular research questions
- identify psychological determinants of human behavior and use psychological terminology to describe it
- Distinguish between descriptive, correlational, experimental psychological research designs
- List major symptoms and consequences of replication crisis in psychology
- Distinguish between direct and conceptual replication
- Explain major theoretical perspectives in psychology: psychodynamic, behavioristic, humanistic, cognitive, evolutionary
- Explain the principles of psychological testing and assessment: standardization, objectivity, test norms, reliability, validity
- Describe stages of moral development
- Define the concept of "zone of proximal development'
- Distinguish between different branches and fields of psychology.
- Introduction to psychological science. Branches and fields of psychology.Psychology as a science. Hindsight bias. The illusion of knowing. Basic research fields: biological, cognitive, comparative, developmental, personality, social, and cross-cultural psychology. Applied areas: clinical, counseling, organizational, and educational psychology.
- Methodological and ethical issues of psychological researchReplication crisis: terms and examples. Direct and conceptual replication. Main causes of replication crisis (HARKing, p-hacking, publication bias, WEIRD sample, etc.). Possible solutions: preregistration and open science.
- Theoretical approaches in psychologyPsychodynamic approach, behaviorism, cognitive approach, biological (neuroscientific) approach, humanistic approach, social-cultural approach. Major concepts and techniques of cognitive-behavioral therapy, psychoanalysis, and person-centered therapy.
- Research methods in psychologyStudy designs: descriptive, correlational, experimental. Types of non-experimental research. Types of experiments & methods for controlling for extraneous variables.
- Emotions, stress, and psychological well-beingStress: definition and types. Theories of emotions (James-Lange, Cannon-Bard, Lazarus, Schachter-Singer). Coping strategies.
- Psychological assessmentPrinciples of psychological testing and assessment: standardization, objectivity, test norms, reliability, validity
- Developmental psychologyStages of moral development. Stages of psychosocial development. Zone of proximal development. Attachment theory
- Research project
- Exam testThe computer-based exam test contains up to 30 multiple-choice questions with one or more correct answers. Students allowed to use handwritten or printed notes during the test. Students will have 60 minutes to complete the test.
- Seminar assignmentsEach seminar meeting students get a grade for seminar participation. Depending on the seminar content, one of the three grading methods is used: 1) Short test (50%) + in-class participation (50%). 2) Presentation (50%) + in-class participation (50%). 3) In-class participation (100%).
- MOOC quiz
- Interim assessment (4 module)0.3 * Exam test + 0.1 * MOOC quiz + 0.3 * Research project + 0.3 * Seminar assignments
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- Hebb, D. O., & Donderi, D. C. (2014). Textbook of Psychology (Psychology Revivals) (Vol. Fourth edition). London: Psychology Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=677726
- Deaux, K., & Snyder, M. (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Personality and Social Psychology. : Oxford University Press. 2018, https://www.oxfordhandbooks.com/view/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190224837.001.0001/oxfordhb-9780190224837.
- DeLamater, J. D., & Collett, J. L. (2019). Social Psychology (Vol. Ninth edition). New York, NY: Routledge. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1753380
- Levitin, D. J. (2002). Foundations of Cognitive Psychology : Core Readings. Cambridge, Mass: A Bradford Book. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=78136