Social Studies Department


    AP Psychology

    11th & 12th Grade



    Description of Course Content


    The goal of this course is to increase the understanding of psychology, its methods, theory and research with the objective of having each student pass the Advanced Placement Examination.  The course will explore the psychological facts, principles and phenomena associated with each major sub-field within psychology.  The course is divided into thirteen units, which represent major content areas of psychology.

    The course is taught at an accelerated level and student study habits should reflect this fact.  The objective of this course is to introduce students to the methods, research, and theory of psychology.  It is hoped that knowledge of psychological inquiry will provide students with a way of perceiving aspects of and an appreciation of the complexity of human behavior.    


    Description of Expected Learnings


    1. Students should develop an understanding of the major core concepts and theories of psychology.  They should be able to define key terms and use their terms and use these terms in their everyday vocabulary.  Students should be able to compare and contrast the major theories in psychology.  Students should develop an understanding of the biological and psychological bases of behavior.


    1. Students should learn the basic skills of psychological research.  They should be able to devise simple research projects, interpret and generalize from results, and evaluate the validity of research reports.  Students should be able to recognize the scientific nature of investigation in psychology.


    1. Students should be able to apply psychological concepts to their own lives.  They should be able to recognize psychological principles when they are encountered in everyday situations.


    1. Students should develop critical thinking skills.  They should become aware to the danger of accepting or rejecting any psychological theory without careful, objective evaluation.


    1. Students should build their reading, writing, and discussion skills.


    1. Students should learn about the ethical standards governing the work of psychologists.  They should maintain high ethical standards and sensitivity in applying the principles of psychology to themselves, to other people and organisms.


    1. Students should be able to, through content instruction, hands on experimentation and practical applications/activities in AP Psychology, demonstrate skills acquired which are identified in the Cross-Content WRS.  They include:
    • Develop career planning and workplace readiness skills.
    • Actively use information technology and other tools available.
    • Use critical thinking, decision making and problem solving skills.
    • Demonstrate self-management skills
    • Apply safety principles



     Evaluative Means to Determine Mastery

    • Homework Assignments
    • Class
    • Project Work
    • Group Work
    • Labs/Demonstrations
    • Classroom Discussion
    • Journal Writing
    • Essays/Papers/Summaries/Critiques
    • Free Response Questions
    • Quizzes
    • Unit Tests
    • AP Exams