AP® Psychology and Psychology introduces students to the systematic and scientific study of the behavior and mental processes of human beings and other animals. In this course, students are presented with the psychological facts, principles and phenomena contained within the major branches of psychology. The course includes a balanced examination of: Biological Bases of Behavior, Sensation and Perception, States of Consciousness, Learning, Cognition, Motivation and Emotion, Developmental Psychology, Personality, Testing and Individual Differences, Abnormal Psychology, Treatment of Psychological Disorders and Social Psychology. Students develop a thorough understanding of the many subfields contained within psychology and the connections between them. In addition, students are also exposed to the history, methodology and ethical practices associated with psychological research. Upon completion of this course students recognize the significance of psychology and it practical applications upon the world around them. Students engage collaboratively with their classmates in projects and real-world discussions. Students may select the AP® or non- AP® track in this course. AP® students are expected to delve deeper into the topics, take AP®-style assessments, and prepare for the AP® exam in the spring. Non-AP® students demonstrate mastery through projects and alternative assessments.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of eighth grade
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