Psychologists as Researchers

The American College of Greece

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Psychologists as Researchers

  • Host University

    The American College of Greece

  • Location

    Athens, Greece

  • Area of Study

    Psychology, Research Methodology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    PS 1000 LE Psychology as a Natural Science
    PS 1001 LE Psychology as a Social Science

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Lower

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    Hours & Credits

  • US Credits

    2
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    2
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    3
  • Overview

    DESCRIPTION
    The course aims to introduce students to psychological research by reviewing samples of key studies in the discipline, becoming familiar to research conducted within the Psychology Department and gaining experiential knowledge acting as human participants. Students will be encourage to evaluate psychological claims in everyday life against research evidence, and address the practical and ethical aspects of the research activity.

    RATIONALE 
    This module aims to present students to the systematic study of psychological topics, to expose them to the equipments, apparatuses and instruments used in Psychological research, and to familiarize them with areas of research currently conducted within the Department. Student participation in different research studies provides an insider's perspective and hands on experience for the evaluation of procedures and application of ethical principles through self- reflection activities.

    LEARNING OUTCOMES
    As a result of taking this course, students should be able to:
    1. Summarize key aspects of research studies and compare them with personal and popular believes on current psychological topics.
    2. Use computing and information processing skills to conduct literature research, gather, summarize and assess evidence.
    3. Participate in three psychological studies, at least one with experimental and another with non-experimental methodology.
    4. Engage in self-reflective practices reporting on their experience from research participation and/or field trips.

    METHOD OF TEACHING AND LEARNING
    In congruence with the teaching and learning strategy of the College, the following tools are used:
    - Lectures
    - Invited speakers
    - Research seminars
    - In-classroom exercises
    - Field trips
    - Office hours
    - Use of Blackboard site