Sample Syllabus (Core Curriculum)
Field Topic Units: Psychology
One (1) Topic Unit = One (1) 20- to 30- minute Lecture
So, a 3 credit hour class would be 9 Topic Units per week,
and a 16 week semester would consist of 144 Topic Units.
Depending on the nature of the class and subject matter, for some subjects, students may elect to take only some of the Topic Units for a class, or they may choose to take all of them while they learn at their own pace.
Professors: TBA (with contact information)
Office Hours: TBA
Course Description: Topic Units are organized by subject. A Field Topic Unit is an overarching subject that encompasses many more specialized subjects in the field. For example, the Field Topic of Psychology includes Developmental Psychology, Psychopathology, Intelligence, Personality Psychology, and more.
Graduation Requirements for Field Topic Units:
Minimum For All Students:
30 Topic Units in Psychology
50 Topic Units in Mathematics
50 Topic Units in Sciences
50 Topic Units in English Language and Literature
30 Topic Units in History
Students with Professional Applications related to given subject area(s) are required to take more Topic Units in those areas (i.e. a student writing a psychology book must take at least 120 Topic Units in Psychology).
After each Topic Unit, students will take a Topic Assessment. Assessments are computer-based, closed-book exams that are tested to a statistical proficiency level rather than graded on a traditional A-F scale. Students need a minimum of 90% correct answers on a Topic Assessment to pass.
Topic Unit # Lecture Title (and suggested material)
001 Intro - Developmental Psychology
002 Piaget - Developmental Stages
003 Language Acquisition
004 Language Processing
005 Genetics and Neurobiology
006 Infant Brain Development Part 1
007 Infant Brain Development Part 2
008 Attachment Theory - What is it?
009 Attachment Theory
010 Nature vs. Nurture
011 Neuroscience and Psychology
012 Diseases of the Brain
013 Trauma and the Brain - Part 1
014 Trauma and the Brain - Part 2
015 Intro to Interpersonal Neurobiology
016 The Brain and Cognitive Processes
017 Intelligence and Heredity
018a Intelligence Assessments
018c Giftedness and Women
018d Mental Retardation
018e What is “Average” Intelligence?
018f Emotional Intelligence
019 Parenting Styles
021 The Mind and the Brain
022 Intro - Personality Psychology
023 Individual Differences
024 Infants and Temperament
025 Personality Assessments Overview
026 Human Growth and Development
027 Intro to Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
Myers, I. (1980, 1995) Gifts Differing: Understanding Personality Type. Davies-Black
028 MBTI: I vs E, S vs N
029 MBTI: T vs F, J vs P
030 MBTI: Practical Applications
Myers, I. and McCaulley, M. (1985) Manual: A Guide to the Development and Use of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. Consulting Psychologists Press.
033 Intro to the Big Five
034 Intro to Freud and Psychodynamic Theory
035 Skinner and Behaviorism
036 Brain Anatomy and Function Part 1
037 Brain Anatomy and Function Part 2
038a [CS, Prof. X] Artificial Neural Networks Part 1
039a Artificial Neural Networks Part 2
038b Childhood Brain Development
039b Adolescent Brain Development
040a Adult Brain Development
042 The Brain and Emotions
043 The Brain and Cognition
044 The Brain and Relationships
045 Introduction - Psychopathology
046 Diagnosis and the DSM-IV-TR
046a Assessment and Diagnostic Interviewing
047 Depression: Major Depressive Disorder
048 Depression: Dysthymia
049 Seasonal Affective Disorder
050 Bipolar I Disorder
051 Bipolar II Disorder
052 Cyclothymic Disorder
053 Generalized Anxiety Disorder
054 Panic Disorder
055 Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
056 Complex PTSD
057 Intro - Personality Disorders
058 Cluster A: Paranoid Personality Disorder
059 Cluster A: Schizoid Personality Disorder
060 Cluster A: Schizotypal Personality Disorder
061 Cluster B: Borderline Personality Disorder, Part 1
062 Cluster B: Borderline Personality Disorder, Part 2
063 Cluster B: Histrionic Personality Disorder
064 Cluster B: Antisocial Personality Disorder Part 1
065 Cluster B: Antisocial Personality Disorder Part 2
066 Cluster B: Narcissistic Personality Disorder
067 Cluster B: Avoidant Personality Disorder
068 Cluster B: Dependent Personality Disorder
069 Cluster B: Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder
070 Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
071 Intro - Developmental Disorders
072 Autism Spectrum Disorders Part 1
073 Autism Spectrum Disorders Part 2
074 Substance Abuse
074a Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
074b Alcohol Addiction
074c Drug Addiction
075 Pervasive Developmental Disorder
076 Conduct Disorder
077 Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
078 Intro - Learning Disabilities and Disorders
079 Dyslexia and Dyspraxia
080 Communication Disorders
081 Down Syndrome
082 Aging and Development
084 Intro - Eating Disorders
087 Binge Eating Disorder
088 Obesity and Overeating
089 Body Dysmorphic Disorder
092 Gender Identity Disorder
093 Social Anxiety Disorder
094 Dissociative Identity Disorder
096 Intro - Social Psychology
097 Social Customs
098 “Lookism” and “Ageism” in Society
100 Class and Income
101 Social Perception and Reality
102 Ethical Standards in Counseling, Part 1
103 Ethical Standards in Counseling, Part 2
104 Child and Adolescent Counseling - Principles and Intro
105 Adult Counseling - Principles and Intro
106 Marriage Counseling - Principles and Intro
107 Group Counseling - Principles and Intro
108 Grief Counseling - Principles and Intro
109 Counseling and Multicultural Challenges
110 Career Counseling
111 Psychology and Science
112 IQ Testing and Statistics
113 Neuropsychological Testing
114 Brain Imaging and Psychology
114a Intro to the MRI
114b Intro to the EEG and QEEG
114c Intro to the SPECT scan
114d Intro to the PET scan
115 Research and Data Analysis Part 1
116 Research and Data Analysis Part 2
117 Intro - Human Sexuality
118 Gender Role Socialization Part 1
119 Gender Role Socialization Part 2
120 Gender - Neurological Similarities and Differences
121 Psychology of Grieving
122 Death and Dying
122a Death and Culture
122b Terminally Ill Patients
123 Faith and Spirituality - Intro Part 1
124a Buddhist Culture and Beliefs
124b Christianity - Catholic Culture and Beliefs
124b Christianity - Mainline Protestant Culture and Beliefs
124c Evangelical Christianity - Culture and Beliefs
124d Hindu Culture and Beliefs
124e Jewish Culture and Beliefs
124f Muslim Culture and Beliefs
124g Secular Humanist Culture and Beliefs
125 Intro - Positive Psychology
127 Self-Concept and Self-Esteem
128 Moral Development
129 Resilience and Protective Factors - Part 1
130 Resilience and Protective Factors - Part 2
131 Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs
132 Dabrowski’s Overexcitabilities
133 Seligman and Learned Optimism
134 Rogers and the Humanistic Approach
135 Unconditional Positive Regard
136 Why Are We Happy?
138 Happiness and Finances
139 Happiness and Physical Health
140 Coping with Stress
141 Resilience and Disabilities
142 Happiness and the Brain
143 Gratitude and Altruism
144 Peer Relationship Dynamics
146 Learned Helplessness
147 Psychology and the Arts
148 Psychology of History
149 Sleep and Dreaming
Other Related Resources Available
Students may choose from our suggested resources in order to get a better grasp on their understanding of Topic Unit material in addition to listening to Lecture material, or they may also look for additional resources on their own. This list is to be viewed as a starting point, not as comprehensive.
Related resources do not have a one-to-one Topic Unit correlation, although certain resources do tend to apply more to certain Topic Units.
Davis, S. F., & Palladino, J. J. (2004). Psychology (4th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ:Pearson/Prentice Hall.
Feldman, R. S. (2002). Understanding psychology (6th ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill.
Franzoi, S. L. (2004). Psychology: A journey of discovery (2nd ed.). Cincinnati, OH: AtomicDog.
Gazzaniga, M. S., & Heatherton, T. F. (2003). Psychological science: Mind, brain and behavior. New York: Norton.
Kosslyn, S. M., & Rosenberg, R. S. (2004). Psychology: The brain, the person, the world (2nd ed.). Boston: Pearson/Allyn and Bacon.
Weiten, W. (2004). Psychology: Themes and variations (6th ed.). Pacific Grove, CA:Thomson/Wadsworth.
Craig, Grace & Baucum, Don. (2001). Human Development. New York: Prentice Hall.
Piaget, Jean. (2001). The Psychology of Intelligence. New York: Routledge.
Sigelman, Carol K. & Rider, Elizabeth A. (2011). Life-Span Human Development. Beirmont, CA: Wadsworth.
Frager, R., & Fadiman, J. (2005). Personality and Personal Growth (6th ed.). Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall.
McAdams, D. P. (2006). The Person: An Integrated Introduction to Personality Psychology (4th ed.). New York: John Wiley & Sons.
Myers, I. (1980, 1995) Gifts Differing: Understanding Personality Type. Davies-Black Publishing, U.S.
Myers, I. (1990) Introduction to Type: A Description of the Theory and Applications of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. Center for Applications of Psychological Type Inc.
Online list of personality psychology textbooks: http://www.socialpsychology.org/ptexts.htm
Online list of social psychology textbooks: http://www.socialpsychology.org/texts.htm
American Counseling Association (2005). ACA Code of Ethics. Alexandria, VA: Author.
Gladding, S. T. (2007). Counseling: A comprehensive profession, updated edition (5th edition). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.
Thompson, C., & Henderson, D. (2007). Counseling children (7th ed.). Belmont, CA: Brooks/Cole.
American Psychiatric Association. (1994). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (4th ed., Text Revision). Washington, DC: Author.
Barkley, Russell A. (2002). Child Psychopathology (2nd Ed.). New York: Guilford Press.
Kroll, Jerome. (1993). PTSD/Borderlines in Therapy: Finding the Balance. New York: W.W. Norton & Company.
Papolos, Demitri & Papolos, Janice. (2002). The Bipolar Child: The Definitive and Reassuring Guide to Childhood's Most Misunderstood Disorder (Revised and Expanded Edition). New York: Broadway.
van der Kolk, B., McFarlane, A.C. & Weisaeth, L. (eds.) Traumatic Stress: The Effects of Overwhelming Experience on Mind, Body, and Society. New York: Guilford Press.
Collection of Research Articles on Trauma-Related Disorders: http://traumacenter.org/products/publications.php
Cross, T. (2005). The Social and Emotional Lives of Gifted Kids: Understanding and Guiding Their Development. Austin, TX: Prufrock Press.
Stanovich, Keith. (2009). What Intelligence Tests Miss: The Psychology of Rational Thought. New Haven: Yale University Press.
Stough, C., Saklofske, D.H., & Parker, J.D.A. (eds.) (2009). Assessing Emotional Intelligence: Theory, Research, and Applications. New York: Springer.
Crooks, Robert & Baur, Karla. (2007). Our Sexuality. Belmont, CA: Thomson Higher Education.
Freitas, D. & Winner, L. (2008). Sex and the Soul: Juggling Sexuality, Spirituality, Romance, and Religion on America's College Campuses. New York: Oxford University Press.
Rosenthal, Martha. (2012). Human Sexuality: From Cells to Society. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.
Compton, William & Hoffman, Edward W. (2012). Positive Psychology: The Science of Happiness and Flourishing. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.
Seligman, Martin E. P. (1991). Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life. New York: Knopf.
Seligman, Martin E. P. (1993). What You Can Change and What You Can't: The Complete Guide to Successful Self-Improvement. New York: Knopf.
Seligman, Martin E. P. (1996). The Optimistic Child: Proven Program to Safeguard Children from Depression & Build Lifelong Resilience. New York: Houghton Mifflin.
Seligman, Martin E. P. (2002). Authentic Happiness: Using the New Positive Psychology to Realize Your Potential for Lasting Fulfillment. New York: Free Press.
Synder, C.R., Lopez, S.J., & Pedrotti, J.T. (2011). Positive Psychology: The Scientific and Practical Explorations of Human Strengths. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
Siegel, D. (1999).The Developing Mind: Toward a Neurobiology of Interpersonal Experience. New York: Guilford Press.
Siegel, D.J. & Hartzell, M. (2003). Parenting from the inside out: How a deeper self- understanding can help you raise children who thrive. New York: Penguin Group.