General Education Review - PSY 121

Note: Numbers of course general education goals refer to the listing of course goals found on each syllabus

Part One: Intellectual Abilities and Dispositions

General Education Goal Course Goal
A.Conceptual and Practical Understanding of Modes of Learning, Problem-Solving and Creative Inquiry

1)A scientific attitude about human behavior.

2)An appreciation of the biological influences on behavior.

4)An appreciation of how experience influences behavior.

5)An understanding of how people process information.

6)An understanding of stability and change in human behavior over the course of a lifetime.

7)An understanding of how personality characteristics and processes relate to behavior.

9)An understanding of how we think about, influence, and relate to one another.

B. Information-Gathering, Reasoning, and Synthesizing Abilities
1.Skill in formulating questions and in setting goals for inquiry.

1)A scientific attitude about human behavior.

2)An appreciation of the biological influences on behavior.

5)An understanding of how people process information.

6)An understanding of stability and change in human behavior over the course of a lifetime.

7)An understanding of how personality characteristics and processes relate to behavior.

9)An understanding of how we think about, influence, and relate to one another.

2. Knowing how and when to make generalizations and value judgements.

1)A scientific attitude about human behavior.

2)An appreciation of the biological influences on behavior.

4)An appreciation of how experience influences behavior.

5)An understanding of how people process information.

6)An understanding of stability and change in human behavior over the course of a lifetime.

7)An understanding of how personality characteristics and processes relate to behavior.

8)An understanding of abnormal behavior and its treatment.

9)An understanding of how we think about, influence, and relate to one another.

3.Skill in generating and evaluating observations and evidence.

1)A scientific attitude about human behavior.

2)An appreciation of the biological influences on behavior.

5)An understanding of how people process information.

4. Skill in making deductive inferences.

1)A scientific attitude about human behavior.

2)An appreciation of the biological influences on behavior.

5)An understanding of how people process information.

7)An understanding of how personality characteristics and processes relate to behavior.

8)An understanding of abnormal behavior and its treatment.

9)An understanding of how we think about, influence, and relate to one another.

5. Ability to use relevant quantitative methods.

1)A scientific attitude about human behavior.

7)An understanding of how personality characteristics and processes relate to behavior.

9)An understanding of how we think about, influence, and relate to one another.

C. Reflective, Creative, and Critical Dispositions
1. Striving to be well informed and open-minded.

1)A scientific attitude about human behavior.

2)An appreciation of the biological influences on behavior.

4)An appreciation of how experience influences behavior.

5)An understanding of how people process information.

6)An understanding of stability and change in human behavior over the course of a lifetime.

7)An understanding of how personality characteristics and processes relate to behavior.

8)An understanding of abnormal behavior and its treatment.

9)An understanding of how we think about, influence, and relate to one another.

2. Looking for multiple possibilities and being able to deal with ambiguity.

1)A scientific attitude about human behavior.

2)An appreciation of the biological influences on behavior.

4)An appreciation of how experience influences behavior.

5)An understanding of how people process information.

6)An understanding of stability and change in human behavior over the course of a lifetime.

7)An understanding of how personality characteristics and processes relate to behavior.

8)An understanding of abnormal behavior and its treatment.

9)An understanding of how we think about, influence, and relate to one another.

3. Striving to achieve one's best with persistence and imagination.
4. Willingness to make choices and to evaluate those choices.

1)A scientific attitude about human behavior.

2)An appreciation of the biological influences on behavior.

4)An appreciation of how experience influences behavior.

5)An understanding of how people process information.

6)An understanding of stability and change in human behavior over the course of a lifetime.

7)An understanding of how personality characteristics and processes relate to behavior.

8)An understanding of abnormal behavior and its treatment.

9)An understanding of how we think about, influence, and relate to one another.

5. Intellectual self-awareness: being conscious of one's own thinking process, including the cultural and social contexts of that thinking.

1)A scientific attitude about human behavior.

2)An appreciation of the biological influences on behavior.

4)An appreciation of how experience influences behavior.

5)An understanding of how people process information.

6)An understanding of stability and change in human behavior over the course of a lifetime.

7)An understanding of how personality characteristics and processes relate to behavior.

8)An understanding of abnormal behavior and its treatment.

9)An understanding of how we think about, influence, and relate to one another.

D. Communication Skills
1. Writing and speaking with clarity and precision for diverse audiences.

2. Making use of computers and other technological tools

3. Interpreting and communicating visual information

Part Two: Knowledge and Understanding

General Education Goal Course Goal
A. Understanding the Natural World
1. Knowledge of the physical Universe, including its origin and the physical laws governing it.

2)An appreciation of the biological influences on behavior.

4)An appreciation of how experience influences behavior.

5)An understanding of how people process information.

6)An understanding of stability and change in human behavior over the course of a lifetime.

7)An understanding of how personality characteristics and processes relate to behavior.

8)An understanding of abnormal behavior and its treatment.

9)An understanding of how we think about, influence, and relate to one another.

2. Knowledge of living systems, including their nature, organization, and evolution.

1)A scientific attitude about human behavior.

3. Understanding the history and methods of scientific inquiry and alternative explanations of the natural world.
4. Understanding the multiple influences on scientific inquiry and the consequences of science and technology.
5. Understanding the ways human choices affect the earth and living systems and the responsibilities of individual citizens and communities to preserve global resources.
B. Understanding of Culture and Society
1. Knowledge of the many expressions of culture, including:
  • Understanding the unique shared ways of thinking, believing, and acting, developed by a people who live together over a long period of time.
  • Ability to conceptualize and trace the influences of community, institutions, and other constructions such as class, gender, and race.
  • Familiarity with the ways in which culture is expressed artistically, through literature, performance, and artifact.
  • Awareness of and appreciation for the ways in which culture and society influence and are influenced by work and leisure.

9)An understanding of how we think about, influence, and relate to one another.

2. Understanding the sources and expression of diverse values throughout the world, including ethical, religious, aesthetic, political, and economic values as well as social and cultural priorities.

9)An understanding of how we think about, influence, and relate to one another.

3. Ability to trace the impact of technology on societies and cultures for diverse audiences.
4. Understanding the ways human choices affect communities, from local to global, and responsibilities of individuals to assume the duties of citizenship.
5. Understanding the role of government regulation and of legal requirements, political processes, and financial and economic influences on decisions of individuals and society.
C. Self-Understanding
1. Understanding the nature of our humanness and how human beings are like and different from the other beings with whom they share the planet.

1)A scientific attitude about human behavior.

2)An appreciation of the biological influences on behavior.

4)An appreciation of how experience influences behavior.

5)An understanding of how people process information.

6)An understanding of stability and change in human behavior over the course of a lifetime.

7)An understanding of how personality characteristics and processes relate to behavior.

8)An understanding of abnormal behavior and its treatment.

9)An understanding of how we think about, influence, and relate to one another.

2. Knowledge of individual physical, emotional, intellectual, social and creative development as well as ability to use such knowledge to improve personal well-being.

1)A scientific attitude about human behavior.

2)An appreciation of the biological influences on behavior.

4)An appreciation of how experience influences behavior.

5)An understanding of how people process information.

6)An understanding of stability and change in human behavior over the course of a lifetime.

7)An understanding of how personality characteristics and processes relate to behavior.

8)An understanding of abnormal behavior and its treatment.

9)An understanding of how we think about, influence, and relate to one another.

3. Knowledge of individual physical, emotional, intellectual, social, historical, spatial, and cultural matrices into which the individual is born; and the influence of the unique set of experiences which the individual encounters.

2)An appreciation of the biological influences on behavior.

4)An appreciation of how experience influences behavior.

5)An understanding of how people process information.

6)An understanding of stability and change in human behavior over the course of a lifetime.

7)An understanding of how personality characteristics and processes relate to behavior.

4. Ability to perceive one's own being not only from cognitive perspectives but also from those perspectives which come from exposure to and creative vision of the arts – to imagine the possibilities the future holds and to develop responsible goals for interactions with others, modes of personal expression, and roles in improving the world.