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1 Course Information: HCS Curriculum: Social Studies 6 12 Hoover City Schools Secondary Curriculum Social Studies, Course Title: Psychology, IB Grade Level: Course Description: This course includes an analysis of the major perspectives of psychology. This course is an approved 6 th Subject elective for students pursuing the International Baccalaureate Diploma. State Correlate: Psychology Calendar Type: Year Pre-requisite: Admission into the IB program Co-requisite: None Textbook Title: PSYCHOLOGY (w/ Psych Inquiry CD-ROM) Textbook Publisher: BFW (Worth) Textbook ISBN: Textbook Copy Year: 2005 Accountability Standards: None LEA Curriculum Authors: H. Darling, K. Trotman Origination / Revision: Spring 2005, reviewed and revised Fall 2007 Topical Scope and Sequence: Unit # 1 st Nine Weeks 1 History of Psychology: Approaches and Methods 2 The Learning Perspective Unit # 2 nd Nine Weeks 3 The Cognitive Perspective 4 The Biological Perspective Unit # 3 rd Nine Weeks 5 The Psychology of Dysfunctional Behavior 6 Social Psychology Unit # 4 th Nine Weeks 7 Psychodynamic Psychology 8 IB Exam review Units and Page 1 of 10

2 Unit 1- History of Psychology- Approaches and Methods What events led to the development of psychology as a science? What methods are employed to collect and analyze data for psychological research? History Research Methods Statistics # Unit 1 Objectives 1 Describe the origin of psychology relative to the fields of philosophy and natural science. 2 Explain reliability, validity, demand characteristics and replication. 3 Identify independent, dependant variables, confounding variables. 4 Describe random sampling and assignment and experimental and control conditions. 5 Define single and double blind techniques and independent samples design. 6 Define measure of central tendency and measures of dispersion. 7 Apply bar graphs, histogram, line graph and frequency polygon. Accountability 1 NA Unit 2- The Learning Perspective How have learning theories influenced research, and what role do they play in psychology? Learning Behavior Page 2 of 10

3 # Unit 2 Objectives 1 Describe the development, framework, methods and applications of learning. 2 Describe theories and empirical studies within the behavioral perspective. 3 Explain how cultural, ethical, gender and interpretations of behavior from a learning perspective. 4 Identify the strength and limitations of learning theory explanations of behavior. 5 Explain the extent to which free will and determinism are integral to this perspective. 6 Assess the extent to which learning can be explained by alternatives to traditional behaviorist approaches. 7 Assess the extent to which cognitive, biological, and environmental factors contribute to explanations of behavior within the learning perspective. Accountability Unit 3- The Cognitive Perspective How do people acquire, store, transform and communicate information? Cognition Research Statistics # Unit 3 Objectives Accountability 1 Describe the development, framework, 7 NA methods and applications of cognitive 2 Evaluate the empirical studies within this 7 NA perspective. 3 Explain how cultural, ethical, gender and 6 NA Page 3 of 10

4 # Unit 3 Objectives interpretation of behavior. 4 Identify and explain the strengths and limitations of cognitive. 5 Assess the extent to which concepts and models of information processing have helped in the understanding of cognition. 6 Assess claims that this perspective lacks ecological validity, and be able to consider alternative research methods. 7 Describe the interrelationship and importance of thought and language on human behavior. 8 Compare the states of consciousness evident in human behavior. 9 Describe the role of motivation and emotion in human behavior. Accountability 7 NA 4 NA 7 NA 9, 1 10 NA 11 NA Unit 4- The Biological Perspective What is the relationship between behavior and physiological processes? Biology Chemistry Statistics # Unit 4 Objectives 1 Describe the development, framework, methodologies, and applications of the biological perspective. 2 Describe the theories and empirical studies within the behavioral perspective. 3 Explain how cultural, ethical, gender, and interpretation of behavior from a biological perspective. 4 Identify the strengths and weaknesses of biological explanations. Page 4 of 10 Accountability 3 NA 3 NA 3 NA 3 NA

5 # Unit 4 Objectives 5 Explain the correlation between physiological and psychological behavior. 6 Describe the controversy surrounding a reductionist approach. Accountability 3,5 NA 3 NA Unit 5- The Psychology of Dysfunctional Behavior Using biological, cognitive, learning, and environment factors, how do we explain the development of different dysfunctional behaviors? Behavior Dysfunction # Unit 5 Objectives 1 Describe the concepts and models of dysfunctional behavior. 2 Describe the process of diagnosis and classificatory systems. 3 Explain how cultural, ethical, gender, and interpretations of dysfunctional behavior. 4 Describe the approaches to treatments and therapies of dysfunctional behavior. 5 Analyze the etiology and treatment of dysfunctional behavior. 6 Describe the alternative concepts and models of dysfunctional behavior. Accountability Unit 6- Social Psychology From a social psychological viewpoint, how do we explain the complexities of human social interaction. Sociology Page 5 of 10

6 Research Statistics # Unit 6 Objectives 1 Describe the theories and empirical studies related to social psychology. 2 Explain how cultural, ethical, gender and interpretation of behavior in social psychology. 3 Evaluate specific methodologies in social psychology. 4 Evaluate applications of research findings and theories in social psychology. 5 Assess the extent to which social psychological findings and studies allow predictions to be made about individual and group behavior. Accountability Unit 7- Psychodynamic Psychology Why is the childhood experience so important to the unconscious mind? Culture Gender Psychodynamic perspective Consciousness # Unit 7 Objectives 1 Evaluate theories and empirical studies related to psychodynamic psychology. 2 Explain how cultural, ethical, gender and interpretation of behavior in psychodynamic psychology. Accountability 13 NA 13 NA Page 6 of 10

7 # Unit 7 Objectives 3 Describe the specific methodologies used in psychodynamic psychology. 4 Compare the theories of the influence of childhood experience on human behavior. 5 Assess the role of both the unconscious and conscious mind on human behavior. Accountability 13 NA 13 NA 13 NA Alabama Course of Study Correlation: Social Studies Bulletin 2004, No. Psychology Title 18 # Objectives HCS Unit- Objective 1 Discuss the origin of psychology relative to the fields of 1.1 philosophy and natural science. (a) Describing early psychological and biological inquiries that led to contemporary approaches and methods of experimentation (b) Comparing current biological, behavioral, cognitive, and socio-cultural perspectives (c) Identifying major subfields and career opportunities related to psychology 2 Describe research strategies used by psychologists to explore the mind and behavior. (a) Designing an experiment in which all elements are identified (b) Explaining characteristics of surveys, naturalistic 1.5 observations, case studies, longitudinal studies, and cross-sectional 1.6 studies 1.7 (c) Describing the use of descriptive statistics in evaluating research 3 Explain how research and technology have provided methods for analyzing the brain and behavior. (a) Discussing the role of neurotransmitters in behavior (b) Comparing the effect of drugs and toxins on the brain and 4.4 neurotransmitters 4.5 (c) Describing how heredity influences behavior 4.6 (d) Describing effects of the environment on increased survival rate 4 Describe the influence of environmental variables, 3.5 motivation, experience, and expectations on perception. (a) Explaining the role of sensory systems in human behavior (b) Describing the role of Gestalt principles and concepts in perception (c) Comparing attention needed for demanding and simple tasks 5 Identify common sources of stress. (a) Identifying approach-approach, approach-avoidance, and 4.5 Page 7 of 10

8 Bulletin 2004, No. Psychology Title 18 # Objectives HCS Unit- Objective avoidance conflicts (b) Describing possible physiological and psychological reactions to stress (c) Identifying positive and negative strategies for coping with stress 6 Describe the roles of culture, gender, age, ethnicity, and 3.3 religion on physical, cognitive, and social development across the life span. (a) Discussing physical, cognitive, and social changes in prenatal, infant, child, and adolescent development (b) Describing the role of the caregiver in promoting child development (c) Outlining the stage theories of Jean Piaget, Erik Erikson, Sigmund Freud, Carol Gilligan, and Lawrence Kohlberg (d) Describing the impact of technology on the developmental process 7 Describe the impact of memory on human behavior, including the role of imagery in encoding, the importance of retrieval cues, and difficulties created by reconstructive memory processes. (a) Distinguishing between surface and deep processing (b) Identifying problems related to incomplete retrieval (c) Comparing processes of short- and long-term memory (d) Identifying strategies used for improving memory 8 Identify significant contributors and contributions to current understanding of the process of learning. (a) Identifying biological limitations on learning (b) Describing cultural and environmental constraints on learning opportunities (c) Discussing effects of conditioned response 9 Describe the interrelationship and importance of thought and language on human behavior. (a) Identifying mental images and verbal symbols as elements that comprise thought (b) Discussing the effect of culture on language acquisition (c) Identifying basic units of language 10 Compare various states of consciousness evident in human behavior. (a) Comparing theories about the use and meaning of dreams (b) Characterizing major categories of psychoactive drugs and their effects (c) Exploring possible uses for hypnosis 11 Describe the role of motivation and emotion in human behavior. Page 8 of

9 Bulletin 2004, No. Psychology Title 18 # Objectives HCS Unit- Objective (a) Describing situational cues that cause emotions such as fear, anger, curiosity, and anxiety (b) Identifying theories that explain motivational processes (c) Discussing the role of biological and cultural factors in the development of motives (d) Describing theories of emotion and cognitive theories (e) Describing universal aspects of emotion 12 Describe methods of assessing individual differences. 3.7 (a) Describing how personality and intelligence may be influenced by differences in heredity and environment (b) Linking intelligence to cognitive skills and strategies (c) Describing theories of intelligence including Howard Gardner s theory of multiple intelligences, Robert Sternberg s triarchic theory, and the traditional psychometric theory (d) Describing limitations of using conventional intelligence tests to predict performance based on capability 13 Explain the role of personality development in human N/A behavior. (a) Identifying environmental influences on personality development (b) Describing characteristics of psychoanalytic, cognitivebehavioral, humanistic, and trait approaches to describing human behavior (c) Identifying important contributors and their theories of personality (d) Distinguishing between objective and projective techniques in personality assessment 14 Describe major psychological disorders and their treatments. (a) Identifying patterns of behavior that distinguish normal from abnormal behavior 5.3 (b) Describing abnormal behavior in terms of observable or 5.4 reportable symptoms that can be classified as nonpsychotic or 5.5 psychotic 5.6 (c) Describing biological, psychological, and socio-cultural approaches to explaining mental illness 15 Identify underlying social influences that shape human behavior. (a) Identifying the role of social schemas in perception (b) Identifying methods of changing attitudes 6.3 (c) Describing effects of the presence of others on individual 6.4 behavior (d) Describing biomedical, psychoanalytical, and social-learning explanations for aggression (e) Describing internal and external attributes and their effects on human behavior Page 9 of 10

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