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Course SummaryThis High School Psychology Syllabus Resource & Lesson Plans course is a fully developed resource to help you teach a general course in psychology. You can easily adapt the video lessons, transcripts, and quizzes to take full advantage of the comprehensive and engaging material we offer. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.
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You can use this High School Psychology course as a template for designing and implementing your course. Here are the key components of the course and how you can use them:
- Chapters - Each chapter covers a unit of high school psychology, from the history of psychology, including a look at the major specializations, to theories of personality development and intelligence testing. Use these chapters as mile markers as you map out your course. We recommend planning to spend a week on each chapter, but you can always allocate the chapters according to the length of your specific psychology course.
- Lessons - Within each chapter are video lessons that further break down topics into bite-sized chunks. These lessons cover single topics like the components of high-quality research or examples of classical conditioning. Each one is often appropriate for a single class.
- Key Terms - Within each lesson are key terms. These are emphasized on screen and in the transcript. As you develop your syllabus, these key terms help you focus on the most important learning objectives. For example, the lesson on cognition includes key terms like inductive reasoning, deductive reasoning and heuristics.
As you work on your psychology lesson plans, save time by incorporating video lessons from this resource. Here's how:
- Introduce Topics - Your students will be in the right mindset for understanding topics like Type A and B personalities if you begin class with a short video. It can be a jumping-off point for a lecture, group activity or class discussion.
- Break Up Lectures - The video format, which often includes animation, helps students visualize topics like the personality development of a newborn and why we dream.
- Assign For Homework - Each lesson in the course, from the basics of life span developmental psychology to ethical issues in the field can be assigned to your students as homework.
Each video lesson includes a complete transcript. You can utilize these transcripts in several ways:
- Lecture Notes - Do you need a guide as you plan a lecture, such as one on common psychodynamic treatment methods or types of mood disorders? The transcripts cover each topic in depth, with key terms highlighted for quick reference.
- Student Reading - Perhaps you'd like your students to learn about organizational psychology, but you don't have class time available. Assign the transcript as extra reading.
- Study Tools - When it's time for a unit exam on personality development, you can point your students to the transcripts on Sigmund Freud's theories, the Halo Effect, the work of Carl Jung and related topics to help them study.
Each video lesson has a corresponding quiz. Here's how to use the quizzes:
- Homework - Assign a quiz to your students as homework. You'll receive an email with the results, which enables you to verify they've completed the assignment and that they've understood the material. Questions cover everything from understanding the importance of fine motor coordination to key facts, like how the mother can influence prenatal development.
- Tests - You can meld the material in the quizzes into your own student assessments, saving you valuable time. Need a few questions on abnormal psychology? There are plenty!
- Discussions - Jump-start a discussion with questions like: What are the differences between general and analytical intelligence?
Below is a sketch of the psychology syllabus modeled on a 30-week course. This sample can be adapted based on your course schedule. Navigate the chapters and lessons for more detail.
|Week||Unit||Sample of Topics Covered|
|Week 1||History of Modern Psychology||Definition of psychology, early psychological theories and theorists, psychology after 1950, sub-specialties within psychology|
|Week 2||Introduction to Research Methods in Psychology||Definition and purpose of research, scientific and non-scientific research, research tools, why social research is needed|
|Week 3||Data Collection in Psychological Research||Elements of psychological experiments, surveys, content analysis and existing statistics in social research, field research and observation|
|Week 4||Sampling in Psychological Research||Definition of sampling, relationship among population, sample and generalizability, random assignment|
|Week 5||Measurement in Psychological Research||Why measurement is necessary, types of measurement, reliability and validity, definition of internal validity|
|Week 6||Statistics in Psychological Research||Statistical analysis, descriptive statistics, inferential statistics, norm-referenced and criterion-referenced tests|
|Week 7||Evaluating Research Findings in Psychology||Conclusions based on internal validity, limits to generalizing results, causes and meanings of non-significant outcomes|
|Week 8||Biological Bases of Behavior in Psychology||How genetics influences behavior, the connection between the brain and behavior, parts of the brain, the endocrine system, neuroplasticity, the central nervous system|
|Week 9||Sensation and Perception in Psychology||Receptor processes and sensory mechanisms, how the senses work, Gestalt principles, influences on perception|
|Week 10||Motivation and Needs in Psychology||Intrinsic and extrinsic motivation, cognitive dissonance, the expectancy value theory of motivation, hunger|
|Week 11||Emotion in Psychology||The development of emotions, theories regarding emotions, how emotion and motivation influence learning, memory and decision-making|
|Week 12||Stress in Psychology||Causes of stress, Richard Lazarus's theory of stress, positive psychology, ways to deal with stress|
|Week 13||Basics of Life Span Developmental Psychology||Multidimensionality, plasticity, definition of development, socialization factors, the role of gender, Gottlieb's epigenetic psychobiological systems perspective|
|Week 14||Theoretical Foundations for Life Span Developmental Psychology||Piaget's cognitive development stages, various theories of development, including Erikson's eight stages of psychosocial development, classical and operant conditioning, Maslow's hierarchy of needs|
|Week 15||Biological Development in Psychology||Development at all ages (prenatal through adult), including influences on development|
|Week 16||Sensory and Perceptual Development in Psychology||Sensitive periods in development, habituation, perceptual development of the senses, sensory deprivation|
|Week 17||Cognitive Development in Psychology||Definition of attention, theory of cognitive development, development at all ages, changes in information processing over time|
|Week 18||Physical Development & Psychology||Physical development from infants through adulthood, influences on life expectancy|
|Week 19||Social Development in Psychology||Psychoanalytic theory, trait theory, social learning theory, self-concept, self-esteem|
|Week 20||Personality Development & Theories||Id, ego and superego, Freud's stages of psychosexual development, humanistic psychology, Jung's ideas, including a look at persona and shadow, personal and collective unconsciousness and archetypes|
|Week 21||Learning & Conditioning in Psychology||Experiments with Little Albert, the prisoner's dilemma, observation and insight, conditioning and biological limits|
|Week 22||Memory & Cognition in Psychology||Language acquisition, how information is processed, improving memory, difference between retrieval and recognition, iconic memory|
|Week 23||Intelligence Testing in Psychology||background on intelligence testing, definition of IQ, types of intelligence testing, biological bases of intelligence|
|Week 24||Sleep & Other State of Consciousness||Description of various states of consciousness, the sleep cycle, sleep disorders, hypnosis|
|Week 25||Basics of Social Psychology||Description of social psychology, group behavior, aggression, stereotypes, organizational psychology|
|Week 26||Abnormal Psychology Basics||Definition of abnormal psychology, historical perceptions, mental health|
|Week 27||Theories of Abnormal Psychology||The psychodynamic model of behavior, the humanistic approach, physiological causes of abnormal behavior, the cognitive model|
|Week 28||Abnormal Disorders in Psychology||Definition, classification and diagnosis, types of disorders, including cognitive, dissociative, psychotic, mood and personality|
|Week 29||Treatment of Psychological Disorders||Types of therapy, including individual, group and biological, psychiatric drugs, effectiveness of various treatments|
|Week 30||Legal & Ethical Issues in Psychology||The law and psychology, determining competency to stand trial, right to treatment, informed consent, privacy laws|
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