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 2312 Tests and Measurements
3

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 0.0

This course is a survey of the current psychometric principles and strategies which are used to assess individual and group differences. Areas to be studied will include tests of: aptitudes, abilities, achievement, attitudes, interests, personality and intelligence. Students will examine a variety of tests to understand how they are administered, scored and evaluated. Additionally, they will have an opportunity to experiment with constructing their own psychological tests.



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

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PSYC 2317 Applied Psychology
3

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

Discontinued as of Summer Semester 2014, replaced by PSYC 3220.



The course examines group theory and increases students' proficiency in the use of group skills. Lectures, small group experiential learning exercises and participation in a major group project are used to develop an understanding of group theory as well as to provide opportunities to apply the knowledge thus gained. Topics include group dynamics, communication, leadership, decision making, and management of controversy. Additional topics, such as psychology and the law and persuasion, will be included based on student career objectives.

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PSYC 3220 Group Dynamics
3

Lecture Hours: 2.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 2.0

This course examines group processes from both a theoretical and practical perspective. Lectures, small group experiential learning exercises, and participation in a major group project are used to develop a detailed understanding of group interactions as well as to provide opportunities to apply this knowledge in professional situations. Topics include group dynamics, interpersonal communication, decision-making, conflict resolution, and leadership. Additional topics, such as group dynamics in business and legal environments, may also be included.



Prerequisite(s): PSYC 1115 and 1215; or BUSM 2200.

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PSYC 2318 Psychology of the Exceptional Child
3

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

This course examines the antecedents, consequences and educational challenges of the preschool child with unusual needs and capabilities. Material will include both general and specific conditions and characteristics which make a child different, or in need of special consideration. Emphasis will be placed on observing, understanding, and promoting the psychological and educational welfare of these children. This course is oriented to the requirements of the Early Childhood Education and Special Education Assistant career programs.



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

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PSYC 2319 Psychology of the Family
3

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

Emphasizing the experience of the individual within intimate relationships, this course examines the various processes which inevitably affect families. Beginning with theories of attraction, students proceed to discussion of issues related to the development of a sense of compatibility, closeness and commitment. Definitions, types of marriage and family, the systems view of family life, communication, power and responses to stress are also dealt with. The final unit of the course addresses the central concerns of divorce, single parenting and the formation of blended families.



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

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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 2323 Psychology of Health and Adjustment
3

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

A study of the ways in which individuals adjust to the demands of life. The course examines the nature and sources of stress as well as responses to stress. Evaluation of the self-concept in particular the personal, social, and vocational selves will be addressed.



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 2328 Applied Early Child Psychology
3

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

This course deals with applied aspects of early child development. Emphasis will be on investigating ways in which theories and research enrich an understanding of contemporary issues in early child development. Topics may include risk factors in prenatal development, day care, childhood anxiety, and child abuse.



Prerequisite(s): PSYC 1115 and 1215 or registration in the Early Childhood Education or the Education Assistant career programs.

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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 2332 Psychology and Culture
3

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 0.0

Discontinued as of Summer Semester 2014, replaced by PSYC 3230.



This course is an examination of the cultural forces involved in the development of a sense of self and the factors that can pose a challenge to this process. Included for consideration are topics relevant to the history of the study of culture and psychology; definitions/typologies of culture; the impact of culture on individual thought, emotion and behaviour; the identification and application of appropriate methodologies in research on cross-cultural comparisons of individual and group differences; the role of culture in the diagnosis and treatment of behavioural disorders; and strategies for facilitating constructive cross-cultural interaction.



Students will receive credit for only one of PSYC 2332 and 3230.



Prerequisite(s): PSYC 1115 and 1215; or BUSM 2200.

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PSYC 3230 Psychology and Culture
3

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 0.0

This course is an examination of the cultural forces involved in the development of a sense of self and the factors that can pose a challenge to this process. Included for consideration are topics relevant to the history of the study of culture and psychology; definitions/typologies of culture; the impact of culture on individual thought, emotion and behaviour; the identification and application of appropriate methodologies in research on cross-cultural comparisons of individual and group differences; the role of culture in the diagnosis and treatment of behavioural disorders; and strategies for facilitating constructive cross-cultural interaction.



Students will receive credit for only one of PSYC 2332 and PSYC 3230.



Prerequisite(s): PSYC 1115 and 1215; or BUSM 2200

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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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PSYC 2424 Developmental Psychology (Middle Childhood and Adolescence)
3

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

This course is a continuation of PSYC 2324, although it can be taken separately. It is a study of the cognitive, emotional, and social development of the child during middle childhood and adolescence, and the factors influencing that development.



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

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PSYC 2425 Developmental Psychology (Adulthood and Aging)
3

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

This course is a study of social, emotional, personality, and cognitive development during the years of adulthood and aging. It will also deal with the psychological issues involved in such major life crises as death and dying.



Prerequisite(s): PSYC 1115 and 1215.

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PSYC 2426 Psychotherapy
3

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

An introduction to therapy for mentally distressed and behaviourally disordered persons of various ages. Numerous therapeutic approaches will be examined: psychodynamics, humanistic, behavioural, cognitive. Both individual and group methods will be discussed in relation to wide social issues. This course is not designed to teach how to use therapeutic techniques.



Prerequisite(s): PSYC 1115 and 1215.

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PSYC 3200 Industrial Psychology: Personnel Selection
3

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

This course examines the science and practice of a specialized field of Industrial/Organizational Psychology called Personnel Selection. Students will learn about how Industrial Psychologists assess jobs and assess people in order to make personnel selection decisions. Lectures, small group experiential learning exercises, and participation in a major group project are used to develop an understanding of the field of Personnel Selection as well as to provide opportunities to apply the knowledge thus gained. Topics include job analysis, test validation, utility analysis, assessment of intellect and personality, and job simulations.



Prerequisite(s): PSYC 1115 and 1215; or BUSM 2200.

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PSYC 3210 The Psychology of Leadership
3

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

What makes a great leader? This question has been of central interest to social psychologists and has inspired a wide range of theoretical and applied psychology research since the 1930s. Grounded in this research, PSYC 3210 will have a strong applied emphasis, encouraging students to explore fundamental issues of leadership through mini-cases, discussion, readings, self-reflection, and group exercises. Students will learn how to assess leadership situations and how best to hone and apply their own leadership skills. Relevant leaders from the community will occasionally be invited to address the class.



Prerequisite(s): PSYC 1115 and 1215; or BUSM 2200.

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PSYC 3240 The Psychology of Creativity
3

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

What is the process underlying creativity and what are the characteristics of creative people? These questions have occupied the interests of researchers and practitioners from a wide variety of subdisciplines in psychology. Students will learn what psychological research can tell us about how creativity can be defined, how it develops, and how it manifests itself across various cultures and content domains. Grounded in research, PSYC 3240 will also have a strong applied emphasis, encouraging students to explore the creative process through discussion and small group experiential learning exercises.



Prerequisite(s): PSYC 1115 and 1215; or BUSM 2200.

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