Course Learning Outcomes 1. Define psychology and trace its historical development. 2. Explain why psychologists are concerned with human biology. 3. Contrast the processes of sensation and perception and their effects on thinking and behavior. 4. Discuss the stages of human growth and development from the prenatal stage through late adulthood and death. 5. Define motivation and identify several theories of motivated behavior. 6. Describe personality and define the theories of personality. 7. Learn how self-concept develops, and become aware of the mechanisms used to manage stress. 8. Describe the nature of learning. 9. Discuss the cognitive processes which allow individuals to function successfully in their environment. 10. Describe psychological disorders and identify the criteria used to determine such disorders. 11. Compare and contrast counseling and psychotherapy defining the various approaches of each. 12. Integrate psychology and theology and understand the role of the Holy Spirit in the counseling process.
Table of Contents
UNIT ONE: Psychology as a Behavioral Science 1 Psychology as Art and Science....................................18 2 The Biological Foundations of Behavior.......................44 3 Making Meaning Out of Life..........................................80 UNIT TWO: Human Growth and Development 4 The Passages of Life: Childhood and Adolescence ....116 5 The Passages of Life: Adulthood.................................144 6 Motivation and Emotions..............................................172 7 Theories of Personality.................................................204 UNIT THREE: Humankind as a Thinking Organism 8 Mental Health.......................................................................236 9 Learning and Remembering...........................................................268 10 Cognitive Processes...................................................302 11 Statistics and Measurement.......................................332 UNIT FOUR: Psychology in the Workplace 12 Abnormal Psychology.................................................368 13 Counseling and Psychotherapy..................................398 14 Where Psychology and Theology Meet......................430
Introduction To Psychology:  a Christian Perspective
Course Introduction
Introduction to Psychology: A Christian Perspective Psychology is the systematic scientific study of human behavior and mental processes. Introduction to Psychology: A Christian Perspective not only explores traditional psychological theories and research methods, but adds the Bible-based dimension to the study of human behavior. Psychology, as a discipline of study, is as old as humanity, since humans have always been interested in themselves. From the beginning, the Divine Creator saw that it was not good for man to live alone, so He introduced human interaction. Since the time God made the second human, individuals have interacted with others and with their environment and we call this interaction the human personality. Basically, this course explores who we are, why we act the way we do, what is adaptive thinking and behavior, what can be done about maladaptive thinking and behavior, and how can one change his or her attitude and behavior. From the time of conception to the time life ceases to be, change is inevitable. How one copes with change is the key to living a healthy, productive life. Bible-based principles are central in the life of a Christian and should guide the choices that shape one’s existence. Therefore, practical application of Bible-based psychological principles in everyday life are explored in this course.
Course Description Introduction to Psychology: A Christian Perspective PSY3013 (Credit: 3 hours) This course traces the development of the science of psychology to the beginning of the twenty-first century. Students will learn the basic scientific principles and methodologies of psychology from a Christian perspective. This interpretive study of psychology enhances the student’s understanding of intrinsic values, motivational responses, relationships, and other psychological concepts as they apply to all aspects of Christian life and service.