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Psychology Course Descriptions

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MCC-Blue River: Melissa Eaton, 816.604.6621
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PSYC 140 - General Psychology - 3.00 credits

Introduction to the scientific study of behavior and mental processes through the exploration of major theories, concepts, methods, and research findings in the field of psychology. Using the foundation of the scientific method, topics cover various sub-disciplines in psychology: biological, cognitive, developmental, social and personality, and mental/physical health. Emphasis on biopsychosocial influences and integration across sub-discipline topics. (MOTR PSYC 100)

PSYC 220 - Psychology of Prejudice - 3.00 credits

Prerequisite: PSYC 140 with a grade of C or higher. This course offers an analysis of psychological theory and research as a mechanism for understanding privilege, prejudice, and discrimination. Various expressions of prejudice and discrimination are addressed, including but not limited to ethnicity, gender, class, religion, physical ability, age, and sexual orientation. Themes will include the development and causes of social perception, reasons for persistence and maintenance of stereotypes and prejudice, and ways to change or reduce stereotypes and prejudice

PSYC 230 - Death and Dying - 3.00 credits

Prerequisite: PSYC 140. This course offers a survey of the historical and contemporary issues related to death and dying. It explores cultural, ethnic, individual, social, and ethical views regarding end of life practices. Additionally, the course provides students with basic skills for understanding the psychological and developmental aspects of death and living.

PSYC 240 - Child Development - 3.00 credits

Prerequisite: PSYC 140. Critical factors in understanding development: internal growth forces, self factors, external adjustment processes. Emphasis on interrelatedness of developmental processes.

PSYC 243 - Human Lifespan Development - 4.00 credits

Prerequisite: PSYC 140 with a grade of C or higher. Course covers theories, research, and application associated with the biological, cognitive, affective, and social domains of development during the life of the individual from conception through death. Addresses similarities and differences in development across and within cultures. (MOTR PSYC 200)

PSYC 260 - Social Psychology - 3.00 credits

Prerequisite: PSYC 140. Factors influencing individuals in social situations. Attitude formation, prejudice, aggression, interpersonal communication, leadership, and persuasion.