Social Studies Department



    12th Grade



    Description of Course Content


    This is a one-semester senior social studies elective that is designed to introduce students to the systematic and scientific study of behavior and mental processes of human beings and other animals.  Students will be exposed to psychological facts, principles, and phenomena associated with each of the major sub-fields within psychology.  They will also learn about the methods psychologists use in their science and practice.   


    Description of Expected Learnings


    1. Students will be able to define the science of psychology, describes its history, identify the methods for examining behavior and mental processes, and review scientific careers available in the discipline.
    2. Students will be able to addresses how the brain processes information and how the body adapts to the demands of its environment.
    1. Students will be able to identify how stress reactions hinder our effectiveness and propose alternatives that lead to a healthier existence.
    1. Students will be able to demonstrate how we make changes in our behavior through experience with the environment, focusing on classical conditioning, instrumental conditioning, and cognitive learning.
    2. Students will be able to examine how nature and nurture influence our development from conception until death.
    1. Students will be able to demonstrate scientific explanations of personality development along with the methods psychologists use to measure personality concepts.
    2. Students will be able to investigate patterns of behavior that are considered deviant or distressful in our culture and explain how psychologists diagnose these patterns.
    3. Students will be able to discuss the various intervention methods, including psychotherapy and medical interventions that mental health practitioners use in treating abnormal conditions.
    4. Students will be able to explore how we perceive the social world and how we behave in relation to other people. Students will be able to explain how social and cultural contexts influence behavior.


     Evaluative Means to Determine Mastery

    • Homework Assignments
    • Class Work
    • Project Work
    • Group Work
    • Labs/Demonstrations
    • Classroom Discussion
    • Journal Writing
    • Essays/Papers/Summaries/Critiques
    • Quizzes
    • Module Tests