Introduction to Psychology

Teacher: Ysabel Silang-Cruz - ycruz@innovationcharter.org
Extra Help: Mondays 3:00-4:00pm in room 156 or by appointment.

Course Overview

This course is designed to give students an introduction to the complex study of the science of psychology.  The goal of psychology is to describe and explain how and why human beings think, feel, and act the way they do.


In this course, students will learn about the major theorists and their differing approaches and contributions to the field of psychology. Students will learn about the implications of these theories and think critically about how they relate to everyday human behavior.


The science of psychology is continuously evolving, and while it is considered a “young science,” its roots stem from a history of inquisitive and innovative individuals who sought answers to essential questions that human beings have been asking for centuries:


How does psychology apply to everyday life?

What motivates human behavior?

What role does biology play in our development?

What role does does environment play in our development?

How are biology, chemistry, and physiology related to psychology?



Please see file attached below to see the full syllabus including class expectations, policies, details regarding honors, and an overview of topics to be covered.









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