Human Thought and Behaviour

University of Otago

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Human Thought and Behaviour

  • Host University

    University of Otago

  • Location

    Dunedin, New Zealand

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    An introductory study of developmental psychology, social psychology, language and thought, and abnormal psychology.

    Psychology provides answers to questions like: 'Why do we do the things that we do?' or 'Why do we think about the world this way?' PSYC 111 and PSYC 112 are essential for students intending to pursue a career in psychology, and they also complement studies in wide range of areas (eg neuroscience, health sciences, education, law, social work, sociology, anthropology, management, marketing).

    Course Structure
    The course covers four main themes:
    -Language and intelligence
    -Social psychology
    -Human development
    -Abnormal psychology

    -In-class worksheets and experimental participation 7%
    -Two laboratory reports 10% and 13%
    -Test 10%
    -Final examination 60%

    Learning Outcomes
    Demonstrate understanding of basic human thought and behaviour and understanding of how scientific methods and research contribute to the study of psychology


    Gleitman, H., Gross, J., & Reisberg, D. (2010). Psychology (8th ed.). New York: W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.
    Laboratory Manual for Psychology 111/112 (supplied by department).


    Findlay, B. (2012). How to write psychology research reports and essays (6th ed.). French Forest, NSW: Pearson Australia.
    Oestreicher, S., Coons, E. E., Jonides, J., & Rozin, P. (2010). Study guide for Gleitman's psychology (8th ed.). New York: W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.

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