General Psychology investigates the fundamental concepts and major theories related to the field of psychology. This includes its history and major systems, statistical practices, social foundations, views of human development, ethical issues, and current controversies. It also encourages Biblical and theological reflections from a Christian worldview as they relate to the field of psychology.
Upon completion of this course the student will be able to:
1) Articulate theoretical foundations of physical growth, behavior, cognition, motivation, identity, and personality as elements of the life-span developmental context (GE2).
2) Understand and discuss the many socio-cultural influences that effect development including: conformity, attitudes, peer relationships, adult relationships, group dynamics, school, employment, parenting, and retirement (GE2).
3) Recognize the cognitive, emotional, physical, social, and spiritual changes experienced during child, adolescent, and adult development and discuss how these are influenced by contextual considerations such as family, peers, school, media, church, socio-political culture, and personal issues (GE2).
4) Accept themselves as persons of worth and will develop habits of living that are mentally, spiritually, and physically healthy (GE2).