Psychology/Sociology

COURSE TITLE: PSYCHOLOGY
Grades 10-12; ½ credit

COURSE DESCRIPTION: The course is an introduction to the process of personality growth and development. Students will also begin to understand how experimental methods are applied to the study of the basic concepts of psychology.  Topics covered include: biology and behavior (brain, heredity), consciousness as a construct (sleep and other altered states of consciousness), learning (classical, operant, and cognitive), theories of personality psychoanalytic, learning, humanistic, and socio-cultural), stress and health, psychological disorders anxiety, dissociative, mood, schizophrenia), and social psychology if time permits.  Students will complete several personal style inventories to help them learn about themselves.

COURSE TITLE: SOCIOLOGY
Grades 10-12; ½ credit

COURSE DESCRIPTION: The course is an introduction to the principles governing human behavior within social structures.  Students will also begin to understand how experimental methods are applied to the study of the basic concepts of sociology.  Topics covered include: culture (norms, diversity, values) the agents and processes of socialization, theories of deviance, punishment, and crime, social stratification (social classes, poverty, social mobility), race and ethnicity (minorities, groups, theories of prejudice/discrimination), gender inequalities, and population/demography, as time permits.