Online Psychology and Sociology Courses

PSY 101:  General Psychology

Credit: 3 credit hours

Course Description: This course serves as a broad introduction to the field of contemporary psychology, which is explored as a science, a profession, and a means of promoting human welfare. Students are exposed to psychology as both a natural and social science through reading assignments, lectures, discussions, and demonstrations. Writing assignments reflecting critical thinking are required.


PSY 220:  Human Growth and Development

Credit: 3 credit hours

Course Description: Major theories, developmental stages, and current research in the area of human development are studied. Emphasis is placed on the genetic and environmental factors that influence the physical, cognitive, and social development of individuals throughout the lifespan.

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PSY 230:  Abnormal Psychology

Credit: 3 credit hours

Course Description: A scientific study of abnormal behavior, with emphasis on cause, treatment, and prevention. Psychopathology, including its development, assessment, and treatment is approached using major paradigms and research findings as they relate to a range of disorders as listed in the current DSM.

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PSY 310: Industrial / Organizational Behavior

Credit: 3 credit hours

Course Description: This course is a study of social psychological applications in the workplace with special emphasis on performance appraisal, motivation, leadership, and new forms of organizational structure and function. Psychological methods adapted for advertising and consumer research are also discussed. Analytical assignments (research articles, case analysis) supplement text material.


PSY 330:  Health Psychology

Credit: 3 credit hours

Course Description: This course is an overview of the rapidly developing field of health psychology, which applies empirically-based psychological principles to health care, in medical, exercise, work and hospital settings. Consideration is given to individuals as well as institutions seeking to promote stress management, healthy lifestyle choices, and wellness. Readings and class activities engage students and supplement course material. Topics include health care ethics, cultural factors, coping, injury and treatment, pain management, and preventive interventions.


PSY 373:  Forensic Psychology

Credit: 3 credit hours

Course Description: This course uses an issue-based approach to present the interface between psychology (clinical and socio-cultural) and legal systems and practice. Applications of psychological theories and research to legal practice will be addressed, covering the following topics: eyewitness identification, jury selection and decision-making, crime prevention, profiling, trial procedures and testimony, and the appropriate use of clinical evidence in litigation.


SOC 101:  Introduction to Sociology

Credit: 3 credit hours

Course Description: This course serves as a broad introduction to the social scientific field of sociology. The main features of human societies are examined; how they are organized, how they change and how they come to shape collective social existence. Explicit attention is paid to the interaction between individuals and society, how social structures shape everyday life, social inequalities and social change.


SOC 305:  Sex, Gender, and Sexuality

Credit: 3 credit hours

Course Description: This course examines the gendered construction of various social institutions, including family, religion and government, in an historical and cross-national context.


SOC 325:  Social Class, Power, and Inequality

Credit: 3 credit hours

Course Description: This course examines class, status, and power relations in society as they relate to social mobility, work, globalization, and social change.


SOC 377:  Global Health Issues and Interventions

Credit: 3 credit hours

Course Description: This course is intended to provide global studies students a comprehensive examination of numerous health and illness topics within the context of social, cultural, political, and economic arenas. The goal is to provide students with knowledge that would assist them in understanding and addressing the health needs of various communities around the world. Each week we will focus on a particular health-related issue and will include an initial lecture with key points, followed with a tutorial/workshop, and conclude with discussion and debate. Students are expected to engage in weekly readings, gain practical insight into current global medical issues, and apply appropriate frameworks in response to global medical issues. Students are also expected to follow the key points for each lecture, and engage fruitfully and intellectually into class discussions and debates with substantiated information.


SOC 451: Social Psychology

Credit: 3 credit hours

Course Description: This course examines the reciprocal relationship between the social group and the self. Symbolic interactionism is used as the major frame of reference for the analysis of social processes, all forms of interaction and the relationship between the individual and the norms and patterns that constitute society.


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