In this course you’ll be introduced to the field of psychology through an Integral perspective—encompassing the personal, interpersonal, socio-cultural, ecological, and spiritual dimensions of human existence. You will have the opportunity to explore big questions at the intersection of philosophy, science, and spirituality. We will examine a variety of approaches to understanding the human psyche including psychoanalytic, behavioral, analytic, humanistic, social, cultural, transpersonal, and integral. The course is a “hands-on” approach providing opportunities for physical, emotional, cognitive, and spiritual growth. Students should bring an open-mind to the course and be prepared to engage in personal reflection and self-development through contemplation, journaling exercises, and engaging in mindfulness meditation.
Course Learning Outcomes
By the end of the course students should be able to:
- Explain the Perennial Philosophy, identify key theorists and their contributions to the field of psychology and compare major approaches/schools of psychology.
- Outline and describe the four quadrants, identify major “lines of development”, discuss “types” and describe several and identify major states of consciousness.
- Place the various schools of psychology into the appropriate IOS quadrants.
- Describe major features that differentiate East/West approaches to psychology and discuss mind-body dualism & the “scientific method”.
- Describe mindfulness meditation.