Introduction to Psychology 1

University of Galway

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Introduction to Psychology 1

  • Host University

    University of Galway

  • Location

    Galway, Ireland

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Admission to some psychology courses will depend on the academic background of the student in the relevant subject area.

  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

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

    This module provides students with an introduction to three key areas of psychology, Social Psychology, Personality Psychology and Developmental Psychology. The areas covered in PS122 can change from year to year, so students are advised to check the School of Psychology website in early September of the year of study to ascertain the exact content for that year. Social Psychology is the study of the individual and the way that situation (the environment) and disposition (the person) interact to determine behaviour. Personality Psychology attempts to build up a picture of the individual, based on his/her traits and characteristics, and how these characteristics shape cognition, behaviour and motivation. Finally, developmental psychology is concerned with the development of the individual across the lifespan. Together these three areas of psychology have made major contributions to our understanding of human behaviour.

    Module Objectives:
    ? To provide a coherent overview of three key areas of psychological enquiry.
    ? To draw these three areas together (during interim sessions with the module coordinator).
    ? To contribute to our understanding of human behaviour, cognition, motivation and emotion.
    ? To provide foundation knowledge that can facilitate more in-depth understanding later.

    Learning Objectives:
    ? What does Social Psychology, Personality Psychology and Developmental Psychology have to say about human behaviour, cognition, emption and motivation?
    ? Can you apply these areas to an aspect of human behaviour that you find particularly interesting?
    ? Can you apply your acquired knowledge to the kinds of actions that you witness each day?
    ? Has the content of the module heightened your interest in psychology and provided you with the know-how to review the literature and summarise it in essay format?

    1 in-class MCQ (60%) and 1 continuous assessment 1200 word essay (40%).

    Core Text:
    Martin, Carlson & Buskist (2010). Psychology (NUIGalway Edition, Kiran Sarma). Harlow: Pearson

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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