Introduction to Psychology
Psych One is offered every quarter at Stanford; it is taken by 500-600 students each year. Stanford's Psychology One is designed for students who may major or minor in psychology and has also been carefully crafted to serve as an important contribution to any liberal arts education. Because of Psychology's unique focus on who we are and how we think, feel, and act as human beings, Psychology One is an important course in any undergraduate's career.
Beginning in Spring 2017, The Psychology One Program will offer two separate versions of the course: Psych One and Psych One-L.
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Our goals for students to achieve by the end of course are as follows:
- Recognize and appreciate the psychological dimension of everyday experiences, as well as important social problems (e.g., education, healthcare).
- Describe foundational psychological concepts and themes, along with the studies, findings, and scientists associated with these concepts and themes.
- Identify and compare major theoretical perspectives on complex psychological phenomena.
- Analyze psychological claims with an open-minded yet critical stance, including those that appear in popular portrayals of psychological science (e.g., popular press).
- Recognize a variety of methods, both correlational and experimental, that are used to answer psychological questions, and critically evaluate their strengths and limitations.
- Understand the basic components of an empirical research article and know how to locate articles on topics of interest.
- Generate original research questions and define methods for addressing those questions.
- Communicate more clearly orally and in writing.
“Psych One is definitely the most engaging large lecture class that I have experienced at Stanford.”
"I loved putting scientific names to things that I had personally observed. I think we're all amateur psychologists, and this class is the first step to honing in on those skills."
"The class applied to everyday life, and the things I learned that I can apply to improve the world for me and those around me."