About Psychology

The study of psychology spans many different topics on different levels of scientific exploration of human behaviour. Genes, neurons, neurotransmitters, and hormones are tied to biological, whereas abilities and characteristics of individual people refer to psychological perspectives. Psychology also deals with the highest levels of explanation of human behaviour which relate to social groups, organizations, and cultures.  The Psychology program offers explanation of topics such as: psychological development, alcohol and drug addiction, memory, emotion, love, what makes people aggressive or helpful, and the psychologies of politics, prejudice, culture, and religion. Students will also learn how psychologists test their ideas and conduct scientific research. A wide variety of fields in which psychologists work and available careers will be discussed. In a challenging way, students will be taught to address certain preconceptions and misconceptions about psychology discovering that it is a field that will provide them with new ways of thinking.

Objectives

  • To acquire knowledge about psychology as a discipline and theoretical perspectives in psychology;
  • To learn principles and historical trends as well as new trends and movements in psychology;
  • To gain an understanding of the narrower scientific psychology field and develop skills to apply research methods and techniques;
  • To learn how to apply critical thinking skills in relation to theory and research ;
  • To develop professional and personal competencies which will prepare them for their future career;
  • To develop communication skills, critical thinking skills and the understanding of complex psychological issues;
  • To apply ethical and multicultural principles in their professional work and career.

Learning outcomes

Psychology programs aims at enabling students to:

  • Demonstrate a basic understanding and knowledge about the nature of psychology as a discipline (approaches, history and specific issues in specific psychological disciplines).
  • Be able to explain the major perspectives in psychology (i.e. behavioral, biological, cognitive, evolutionary, humanistic, psychodynamic and socio-cultural).
  • Describe the basic characteristics of the scientific method as well as its application in psychology (quantitative, qualitative and experimental methods).
  • Adopt the basic concepts, knowledge and principles of the general theory, measurement and psychological testing in understand the problems of reliability and validity of psychological measurements/ instruments.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of certain narrow theoretical areas (general psychology, biological, cognitive, developmental, social and cross-cultural psychology, psychopathology, and personality psychology).
  • Recognize the situational context, understand gender and ethnic differences, the status of people with disabilities, and other variables that are important in understanding the theory of measurement.
  • Be able to analyze and critically evaluate the accuracy of the conclusions reached after psychological research.
  • Be able to interpret major issues in applied areas of psychology (i.e. psycho diagnostics, counseling, education, social psychology, psychology and organizational psychology).
  •  Be able to apply psychological skills in assessment, treatment and evaluation of clients and groups.
  • Apply the skills to analyze how psychological principles can be used to explain social issues.
  • Demonstrate reasonable skepticism and intellectual curiosity about the causes of behavior.
  • Organize Non-experimental and experimental research that involves the application of statistical and methodological knowledge and qualitative analysis.
  • Use existing measurement scale and adequately interpret them.
  • Construct measuring instruments, do normative analysis of measurement instruments, evaluate existing measurement instruments (reliability, validity, objectivity and sensitivity), as well as work on improving these psychometric characteristics.
  • Apply verbal communication skills and techniques using two languages ​​(English and mother tongue).
  • Apply ethical principles and professional ethics in all aspects of science, psychological practice and research.
  • Recognize and respect human diversity and understand that psychological explanations may be different, depending on the culture and context.
  • Uses critical and creative thinking in work and learn through life – life long learning.
  • Discuss and use non-psychological principles and theoretical approaches (philosophy, biology, sociology, anthropology) in professional work as well as everyday life.
  • Apply interpersonal and team work skills that are necessary for further studies and future employment.
  • Demonstrate the skills of gathering information, skills, studying library and bibliographic material, and reading and writing papers.

 

Employability

As a professional career, psychology offers many job opportunities, ranging from forensics, counselling and therapy, work in research laboratories, hospitals, mental health care centres, and other fields in which psychologists study the behaviour of humans and animals. Psychologists also work in marketing, schools and businesses, social institutions, courts, and gereonthology centres. 

 

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