Emphasis is on the study of signs and symptoms of the major mental illnesses, including bipolar disorder, major depression, schizophrenia and personality disorders. Additionally, there are discussions about eating and sleeping disorders, stress and post-traumatic stress disorder. This course has mandatory chats. Textbook required
What makes a psychopath tick? Are they born that way, or are they products of society? Are serial killers really possessed with evil, or do they know exactly what they are doing? In this course, students will study how and why some individuals become criminals and why some actually become killers. You will study what is known about serial killers, stalkers, rapists and criminals. Also, the latest techniques used in criminal profiling and questioning will be examined. No Textbook Required.
Identify the characteristics of the criminal mind. Investigate issues discussed in Criminal Psychology Psychopathic Minds and examine psychological models related to criminology.
In this course, students will explore the historical evolution and social impact of cults and terrorist groups. Students will learn ways to identify and define cults. Using discussions and active learning approaches, students will examine what motivates cults and terrorist groups with a specific lens towards violent activity. The impact of media and globalization will also be discussed. Students will advance their social and cultural understanding and gain awareness of cults in contemporary society. Students in this course will discuss the validity of historical evidence and research historical interpretations of events using relevant and recent sources. No Textbook Required.
Using a developmental psychology lens this course focuses on providing students with an opportunity to improve understanding of self. Through personal reflection students will examine the human lifespan from conception and prenatal development through old age and death. Students will gain understanding and perspective of their development across physical, cognitive, social and personality contexts. Examination of fundamental theories, historical arguments/perspectives and current issues provide opportunity for critical thinking and application of influences to one’s development within the student’s life. Textbook required. *NOTE: Students wanting to register for a General Education course as part of their certificate or diploma program should make sure to receive formal approval from their Program Coordinator. It should be noted that some general education courses are too close to the vocational specializations of specific programs and are therefore excluded as an option for students. It’s therefore important to receive formal approval before registration.
This course will examine conflict resolution strategies and whether they work to reduce incidents of violent behaviour such as abuse relationships, confrontation in the workplace and violence in schools. No Textbook Required.
This course will explore introductory topics across the broad field of human sexuality. Sexuality is often an important part of a full life but what this means varies from person to person and can be influenced by several biopsychosocial factors. This evidence-based course will explore the diversity of human sexual functioning across the lifespan and will look at topics including sexual behaviour, attraction and arousal, anatomy, reproduction, health and contemporary issues in sexuality. Students will explore how socialization and values impact attitudes and choices around sex. No textbook required.
Personality psychology is a branch of psychology that defines what personality is and how it influences our behaviour and actions. This course will seek to understand how personality is developed. Through an examination of current research and theories, the course will explore patterns of thoughts, feelings, and behavior that make a person unique. Personality assessment and intelligence testing will be explored. Textbook Required.
In this course, students will learn about some popular topics in psychology including learning, memory, sleep and consciousness, psychological disorders, and social psychology. Through hands-on experiments, case studies, multimedia and demonstrations, students will gain an appreciation for psychology as a social science.Textbook Required.