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Course Information

PSYCH 1

General Psychology

 

PSYCH 2

Physiological Psychology

PSYCH 3

Personality: Dynamics and Development

PSYCH 5

The Psychology of Communication

PSYCH 6

Marriage, Family, and Human Intimacy

PSYCH 11

Child Growth and Development

PSYCH 13

Social Psychology

PSYCH 14

Abnormal Psychology

PSYCH 18

Childhood: Culture and Personality

PSYCH 19

Lifespan Human Development

PSYCH 25

Human Sexuality

PSYCH 1, GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY   3 UNITS

Transfer: UC, CSU • IGETC AREA 4 (Social & Behavioral Sciences) • Prerequisite: None. • Skills Advisory: Eligibility for English 1.

This survey course introduces modern psychology by presenting scientific and humanistic interpretations of the human mind and behavior. Topics discussed include the methods psychologists use to gather data, the biological bases of behavior, the basic processes of perception, learning and motivation, the development of thinking and personality, and social influences on behavior.

  

PSYCH 2, PHYSIOLOGICAL PSYCHOLOGY   3 UNITS

Transfer: UC, CSU • IGETC AREA 5 (Biological Sciences, non-lab) • Prerequisite: Psychology 1.

This introductory course emphasizes the biological approach and methods as tools for adding to our understanding of human psychology. Information about the functioning of the human nervous system is used to provide insight into mental, emotional, and behavioral processes. The role of biological factors underlying sensation, perception, motivation, learning, thinking, language processes, and psychopathology is stressed.

 

PSYCH 3, PERSONALITY: DYNAMICS AND DEVELOPMENT   3 UNITS

Transfer: UC, CSU • IGETC AREA 4 (Social & Behavioral Sciences) • Prerequisite: Psychology 1.

This course provides an introduction to personality psychology. Topics covered include the utility of personality in predicting behavior, the influences of personality, the major theories of personality development and dynamics, and the application of personality theory and concepts to health, psychopathology, and treatment. Assessment of personality will also be discussed. This course will use a lecture, discussion, and demonstration format in exploring these topics.

 

PSYCH 5, THE PSYCHOLOGY OF COMMUNICATION   3 UNITS

Transfer: UC, CSU • Prerequisite: Psychology 1.

This course emphasizes the study of communication as a process of giving, receiving, and interpreting verbal and non-verbal behavior in a variety of interpersonal situations. Communications research, listening skills, conflict resolution, feedback, communication barriers, and message organization are covered. Experiential exercises, including role playing and small group interactions, provide techniques for the development of more effective communication styles. Issues in gender and cross-cultural communication and conflict will be discussed, with an emphasis on methods to improve interpersonal interaction in culturally diverse settings.

 

PSYCH 6, MARRIAGE, FAMILY, AND HUMAN INTIMACY   3 UNITS

Transfer: UC, CSU • IGETC AREA 4 (Social and Behavioral Sciences) • Prerequisite: Psychology 1.

This course provides insight into and preparation for establishing rewarding relationships as the basis for a successful and fulfilling individual, marital, and family life. Included are values clarification, communication techniques, current views of male and female roles in society, mate selection, sexual involvement and adjustment, family planning, and child rearing. Special emphasis is placed on understanding the need for compromise and adjustment in a marriage and family unit in our rapidly changing society.

 

PSYCH 11, CHILD GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT   3 UNITS

Transfer: UC, CSU • IGETC AREA 4 (Social & Behavioral Sciences) • Prerequisite: None. • Skills Advisory: Eligibility for English 1.

This class will focus on the study of psychological growth and development from prenatal stages to adolescence with emphasis on the process through which the individual moves toward physical, mental, social, and emotional maturity. First hand observation of children is stressed.

 

PSYCH 13, SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY   3 UNITS

Transfer: UC, CSU • IGETC AREA 4 (Social & Behavioral Sciences) • Prerequisite: Psychology 1.

This course is a study of the nature of social interaction and group processes that affect the motivations, attitudes, perceptions, and behaviors of individuals.

 

PSYCH 14, ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY   3 UNITS

Transfer: UC, CSU • IGETC AREA 4 (Social and Behavioral Sciences) • Prerequisite: Psychology 1.

This course provides an introduction to biological, environmental, social, and psychological determinants of psychopathology and behavioral deviation. Historical and current theories of abnormal mental or behavioral functioning, their implications for therapy, and community support systems are discussed.

 

PSYCH 18, CHILDHOOD: CULTURE AND PERSONALITY   3 UNITS

Transfer: UC, CSU • Prerequisite: Psychology 1.

This course summarizes anthropological and psychological theories, methods, and data. These are used to show the relationship between critical aspects of culture and the personality development of children, adolescents, and adults. Comparisons of child-rearing in different societies illustrate the role of myths, play, nutrition, education, and family in socialization. Inter-culture contact is discussed in relation to individuals and conflict in U.S. schools. This course fulfills Santa Monica College’s ethnic diversity course requirement.

Psychology 18 is the same course as Child Development 18. Students may earn credit for one, but not both.

 

PSYCH 19, LIFESPAN HUMAN DEVELOPMENT   3 UNITS

Transfer: UC, CSU • Prerequisite: Psychology 1.

This course traces physical, emotional, social, and intellectual development throughout the lifespan from conception through aging and dying. The impact on the individual of the family, the culture, and socio-economic factors will be a special emphasis. Theoretical understanding of lifespan issues will provide a foundation for exploration of their practical implications at each stage of development. This course is designed for the Registered Nursing Program and is not appropriate for Child Development and Elementary Education transfer students.

PSYCH 25, HUMAN SEXUALITY   3 UNITS

Transfer: UC, CSU • IGETC AREA 4 (Social and Behavioral Sciences) • Prerequisite: Psychology 1.

This study of sexual behavior begins with anatomy and physiology, reproduction, and other biological topics. Pre- and post-natal development, gender differentiation, and psychosexual development are discussed to provide the background for considering the diversity of adult sexuality. In regularly scheduled small group meetings, the student is given an opportunity to explore and compare his or her own psychological and behavioral dynamics with the different values, beliefs, and practices of other individuals and other cultures.

PSYCH 40,