Program Curriculum

Program Curriculum

Psychology is a multi-faceted discipline that includes an exciting array of career options. The Associate of Arts Degree in Psychology Program is designed to offer focus and direction to prospective psychology majors and minors.

When successfully completed, the general and specific requirements will prepare students for entry into the third-year level of most university psychology programs. However, students are responsible to confirm their selection of university transfer courses with their chosen university destinations as first-year and second-year requirements can vary slightly from institution to institution.

The Psychology Department at Langara College has a comprehensive selection of psychology offerings. Courses range from surveys of fundamental concepts to in-depth investigations of human behaviour.

CURRICULUM

Within the framework of the general requirements of the Associate of Arts Degree, students must complete a minimum of 60 credits including:

Courses Credits
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PSYC 1115 Fundamentals of Psychology I
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 0.0

An introduction to Psychology, emphasizing the scientific method in the study of human behaviour. The course focuses on the history and methods of psychological enquiry, the phenomena of sensation and perception, and the fundamentals of conditioning and learning. Other topics, including human development, physiology, and the properties of language, thinking and states of awareness, will be selected at the discretion of the instructor.

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PSYC 1215 Fundamentals of Psychology II
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 0.0

An introduction to Psychology. Emphasis is on the individual. The course will include the study of motivation, emotion and personality. Other topics, including human development, theories of intelligence, the social basis of behaviour, the dynamics of adjustment, and the treatment of behaviour disorders, will be selected at the discretion of the instructor.

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PSYC 2320 Research Methods in Psychology
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 0.0

A combined lecture-laboratory course dealing with the theory and practice of research design of experiments, the application of statistics to laboratory exercises, and the testing of experimental hypotheses.

Prerequisite: A minimum "C+" grade in both PSYC 1115 and 1215.

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PSYC 2321 Data Analysis for Psychology
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 0.0

This course introduces the concepts and methods of behaviourial data analysis. It focuses on the use of descriptive and inferential statistics in psychological research, and the conceptual interpretation of data.

Prerequisite(s): PSYC 1115 and 1215 with "C+" or higher. A minimum "C" grade in one of Foundations of Math 11, Principles of Math 11, Precalculus 11, or Applications of Mathematics 12 (or equivalent); a minimum "C-" grade in MATH 1150, or a satisfactory score on the Statistics Diagnostic Test.

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PSYC 2322 Social Psychology
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 0.0

This course examines the effects of social influences on individual behaviour. Topics such as social perception, social cognition, interpersonal attraction, attitudes, mass media effects, prejudice, and aggression will be discussed.

Prerequisite(s): PSYC 1115 and 1215.

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PSYC 2324 Developmental Psychology (Early Childhood)
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 0.0

A study of the determinants of behaviour and the processes of growth and maturation during prenatal, infancy, and preschool periods. Physical, cognitive, social and emotional development are discussed.

Prerequisite(s): PSYC 1115 and 1215. Prerequisites waived for students enrolled in the Early Childhood Education or the Education Assistant career programs.

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PSYC 2326 Psychological Disorders
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 0.0

A review of the concept of disorder as used in Psychology and other clinical professions. The mental and behavioural features of various disorders are examined from a broad range of theoretical perspectives. Research on causes of disordered behaviour is discussed and evaluated.

Prerequisite(s): PSYC 1115 and 1215 with "C" grade or higher.

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PSYC 2331 Neuroscience
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 1.0

All course topics approach behaviour from the standpoint of their neurophysiological and neuroanatomical correlates. Some specific subjects include the cell biology of the neuron; gross structure of the nervous system; sensory and motor systems; emotion; learning and memory; and language. While the emphasis is on acquisition of basic structural and functional concepts through the use of the text, lectures and visual aids, there may also be some opportunity for laboratory observation.

Prerequisite(s): PSYC 1115 and 1215 with "C+" grade or higher and a 2.33 overall GPA.

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PSYC 2341 Cognitive Psychology
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 1.0

This course will deal with the basic findings and problems of research in the following core areas of Psychology: human memory and attention, language, thinking. It will emphasize content but it will also provide an opportunity to engage in laboratory research.

Prerequisite(s): PSYC 1115 and 1215 with "C+" grade or higher and a 2.33 overall GPA.

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PSYC 2413 History of Psychology
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 0.0

This course traces the development of modern Psychology from the rationalism of Descartes through modern humanism and into possible future directions. Landmark theorists and their contributions are studied. Special emphasis is placed on the social and scientific context in which the great theories of Psychology were developed.

Prerequisite(s): PSYC 1115 and 1215 with a "C+" grade or higher.

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