Capstone Course in Psychology: Course Description

This is the capstone course for undergraduate psychology students. The course provides students with the opportunity to integrate and apply learning from their psychology program of study in a comprehensive manner. Students will also assess the impact of their educational experiences on their ethical perspectives and critical thinking skills. Students will reflect on and evaluate their personal and professional growth, the benefits of lifelong learning, and the impact of these elements on their future.
 

The Science of Psychology

  • Analyze the diverse nature of psychology as a discipline.
  • Explain the practical application of psychology to other disciplines.
  • Evaluate the importance of the falsifiability criterion to the discipline of psychology.
  • Explain the empirical nature of psychology.

The Problem-Solving Nature of Psychology in Everyday Life

  • Design a correlational study concerning a contemporary human problem.
  • Design an experiment concerning a contemporary human problem.
  • Evaluate the importance of professional ethical standards in the discipline of psychology.

Common Criticisms of and Misunderstandings in Psychology

  • Evaluate criticisms and misunderstandings related to the discipline of psychology.
  • Compare and contrast the breakthrough model of scientific research and the principle of connectivity in explaining events and outcomes.
  • Compare and contrast the concepts of the single-cause explanation and the principle of multiple causation in explaining events and outcomes.

Using Sub-disciplines of Psychology to Determine the Causes of Behavior and Events

  • Analyze the use of probabilistic reasoning to explain causes of behavior.
  • Explain the concept of illusionary correlations.

The Future of Psychology

  • Compare and contrast the respective roles of “pop” psychology with the science of psychology in contemporary society.
  • Examine future of psychology in contemporary society.
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