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8.25.3 Psychology Course Descriptions-2000 Level
Course Code
PSYC 2250  Credits View Details
Title Introduction to Psychological Research 
Description Examines psychology as a scientific discipline and describes methods of collecting and interpreting psychological data. Required of all Majors and normally taken in the second year. Students may not hold credit for both PSYC 2250 and PSYC 2251. Prerequisite: [a grade of "C" or better in PSYC 1200 or the former PSYC 1201] or [a grade of "C" or better in both PSYC 1211 and PSYC 1221] or written consent of department head. 


Course Code
PSYC 2260  Credits View Details
Title Introduction to Research Methods in Psychology 
Description Discusses concepts of inductive inference and explanation. The nature of research designs is emphasized. Required of all Majors and normally taken in the second year. Students may not hold credit for both PSYC 2260 and PSYC 2261. Prerequisite: a grade of "C" or better in PSYC 2250 or PSYC 2251


Course Code
PSYC 2290  Credits View Details
Title Child Development 
Description The course deals with normal psychological development from prenatal life until puberty. The scientific approach to child study is emphasized. Students may not hold credit for PSYC 2290 and any of: PSYC 2291 or FMLY 2600. Prerequisite: [a grade of "C" or better in PSYC 1200 or the former PSYC 1201] or [a grade of "C" or better in both PSYC 1211 and PSYC 1221] or written consent of department head. 


Course Code
PSYC 2360  Credits View Details
Title Brain and Behaviour 
Description This course explores the relationship between brain and behaviour. The student will first learn about the fundamental elements of the nervous system. Lectures will integrate these elements into discussions of systems responsible for sensation, motor control, emotion, sleep, learning and memory. Clinical scenarios will be used to illuminate function. Students may not hold credit for PSYC 2360 and any of: PSYC 2361, or PSYC 3530 or PSYC 3531 or PSYC 3540 or the former PSYC 3541 when titled Brain and Behaviour. Prerequisite: [a grade of "C" or better in PSYC 1200 or the former PSYC 1201] or [a grade of "C" or better in both PSYC 1211 and PSYC 1221] or written consent of department head. 


Course Code
PSYC 2380  Credits View Details
Title Psychology of Gender 
Description A critical examination of the similarities and differences between women and men with a particular emphasis on gender roles and gender identity. Students may not hold credit for both PSYC 2380 and the former PSYC 2400. Prerequisite: [a grade of "C" or better in PSYC 1200 or the former PSYC 1201] or [a grade of "C" or better in both PSYC 1211 and PSYC 1221] or written consent of department head. 


Course Code
PSYC 2430  Credits View Details
Title Humanistic and Transpersonal Psychology 
Description A survey of such topics as search for meaning, personal growth, self-actualization, electric stimulation of the brain, meditation, and extra-sensory perception. Prerequisite: [a grade of "C" or better in PSYC 1200 or the former PSYC 1201] or [a grade of "C" or better in both PSYC 1211 and PSYC 1221] or written consent of department head. 


Course Code
PSYC 2440  Credits View Details
Title Behaviour Modification Principles 
Description The fundamental assumptions, principles, and procedures of behaviour modification are described and illustrated by applications to normal and abnormal human behaviour. Students may also conduct supervised projects in applied areas or in basic behavioural research. Students may not hold credit for both PSYC 2440 and PSYC 2441. Prerequisite: [a grade of "C" or better in PSYC 1200 or the former PSYC 1201] or [a grade of "C" or better in both PSYC 1211 and PSYC 1221] or written consent of department head. 


Course Code
PSYC 2470  Credits View Details
Title Learning Foundations of Psychology 
Description Examines basic learning processes, along with examples of how psychologists study them. Emphasis is placed on how knowledge of basic learning processes can help us understand complex human behaviour. Prerequisite: [a grade of "C" or better in PSYC 1200 or the former PSYC 1201] or [a grade of "C" or better in both PSYC 1211 and PSYC 1221] or written consent of department head. 


Course Code
PSYC 2480  Credits View Details
Title Cognitive Processes 
Description An introduction to the higher mental processes from an information processing perspective. Topics include attention, cognitive development, imagery, language, memory and problem-solving. Extensive reference will be made to recent experimental findings. Students may not hold credit for both PSYC 2480 and PSYC 2481. Prerequisite: [a grade of "C" or better in PSYC 1200 or the former PSYC 1201] or [a grade of "C" or better in both PSYC 1211 and PSYC 1221] or written consent of department head. 


Course Code
PSYC 2490  Credits View Details
Title Abnormal Psychology 
Description The study of theory and research on abnormal human behaviour. The major forms of psychological disturbance are discussed. An introduction to the prevention and treatment of psychological disturbances is given. Students may not hold credit for PSYC 2490 and any of: PSYC 2491 or the former PSYC 3460 or the former PSYC 3461. Prerequisite: [a grade of "C" or better in PSYC 1200 or the former PSYC 1201] or [a grade of "C" or better in both PSYC 1211 and PSYC 1221] or written consent of department head. 


Course Code
PSYC 2500  Credits View Details
Title Elements of Ethology 
Description This course involves one three-hour lecture meeting and one laboratory per week and concerns the study of animal behaviour through lectures, films, and field trips. Parakeets, flies, and/or ducklings plus one animal of the student's choice will be observed. Prerequisite: [a grade of "C" or better in PSYC 1200 or the former PSYC 1201] or [a grade of "C" or better in both PSYC 1211 and PSYC 1221] or written consent of department head. 


Course Code
PSYC 2510  Credits View Details
Title Comparative Psychology 
Description This course examines the viability of comparative psychology today, the type of subjects used in comparative psychology research, its history and background, some applications and contemporary viewpoints, and its current status. Prerequisite: [a grade of "C" or better in PSYC 1200 or the former PSYC 1201] or [a grade of "C" or better in both PSYC 1211 and PSYC 1221] or written consent of department head. 


Course Code
PSYC 2520  Credits View Details
Title Orientations to Psychological Systems 
Description Examines and contrasts humanistic, psychodynamic, cognitive, and behavioural psychology with regard to consciousness vs. the unconscious, free-will vs. determinism, holism vs. analysis, purpose vs. past influences, transcendentalism vs. physicalism, and focus on the person vs. focus on problems. Prerequisite: [a grade of "C" or better in PSYC 1200 or the former PSYC 1201] or [a grade of "C" or better in both PSYC 1211 and PSYC 1221] or written consent of department head. 


Course Code
PSYC 2530  Credits View Details
Title Psychology of Personality 
Description The study of theory and research on the principles affecting personality development and structure. Students may not hold credit for PSYC 2530 and any of: PSYC 2531 or the former PSYC 3450 or the former PSYC 3451. Prerequisite: [a grade of "C" or better in PSYC 1200 or the former PSYC 1201] or [a grade of "C" or better in both PSYC 1211 and PSYC 1221] or written consent of department head. 


Course Code
PSYC 2540  Credits View Details
Title Social Psychology 
Description This course provides a basic introduction to the ways in which we affect and are affected by the behaviour of others. Topics typically include: attitudes and attitude change, social beliefs and judgements, conformity, persuasion, social norms and roles, group dynamics, prejudice, aggression, altruism, attraction and close relationships, and intergroup conflict. Students may not hold credit for PSYC 2540 and any of: PSYC 2541 or the former PSYC 2410 or the former PSYC 2411 or the former PSYC 2420 or the former PSYC 2421. Prerequisite: [a grade of "C" or better in PSYC 1200 or the former PSYC 1201] or [a grade of "C" or better in both PSYC 1211 and PSYC 1221] or written consent of department head. 


Course Code
PSYC 2660  Credits View Details
Title Sport Psychology 
Description This course examines the use of psychological knowledge to enhance the development of performance and satisfaction of athletes and others associated with sports. Topics include improving skills of athletes, motivating practice performance, increasing the effectiveness of coaches, and mental preparation for competition. Students may not hold credit for both PSYC 2660 and the former PSYC 3660. Prerequisite: [a grade of "C" or better in PSYC 1200 or the former PSYC 1201] or [a grade of "C" or better in both PSYC 1211 and PSYC 1221] or written consent of department head.