Introduction to Psychology

Instructor: Dana Klisanin

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:

  1. Explain the Perennial Philosophy, identify key theorists and their contributions to the field of psychology and compare major approaches/schools of psychology.
  2. Outline and describe the four quadrants, identify major “lines of development”, discuss “types” and describe several and identify major states of consciousness.
  3. Place the various schools of psychology into the appropriate IOS quadrants.
  4. Describe major features that differentiate East/West approaches to psychology and discuss mind-body dualism & the “scientific method”.
  5. Describe mindfulness meditation.
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