Unit 1 Essential Questions: Where did psychology come from? How has psychology changed the study of human and animal behavior? How do the different

Unit 1 Essential Questions:

  • Where did psychology come from?
  • How has psychology changed the study of human and animal behavior?
  • How do the different perspectives in psychology compare and contrast?
  • Who were the movers and shakers in the evolution of psychology as a science?

Unit 1 Learning Objectives:

  • Trace the historical and philosophical development of psychology as a science.
  • Describe how the different perspectives explore and explain human behavior.
  • Identify famous psychologists and describe their contributions to the discipline.

Unit 2 Essential Questions: 

  • What ways does psychology approach the study of human and animal behavior? 
  • How do psychologists use the scientific method to study behavior and mental processes? 
  • Which methods of research are appropriate for the study of different behaviors? 
  • How do psychologists draw appropriate conclusions about behavior from research? 
  • How do psychologists make ethical decisions about researching behavior with human and animal subjects? 

Unit 2 Learning Objectives: 

  • Explore different career options for people who earn degrees in psychology. Discuss the advantage of research over other ways of knowing. 
  • Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of case study research. 
  • Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of naturalistic observations. 
  • Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of survey research. 
  • Evaluate why correlational research does not yield causal conclusions. 
  • Identify the elements of an experiment. 
  • Apply elements of an experiment to different situations. 
  • Evaluate the importance of ethics in research. 
  • Evaluate the importance of statistics in research.

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