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PSY1010 Introduction to Psychology: Home

Course Description

This course is a broad introduction to the field of psychology from a historical and socio-cultural perspective. It explores how psychic, social and historical forces have shaped our knowledge of human behavior and psychology. Students explore diverse theoretical frameworks, debates and research findings that have shaped some of the major areas of contemporary psychology from a local and global perspective. This course also examines the research methods used by psychologists across these areas to study the origins and variations in the behaviour of individuals and groups.

Recommended Books

Psychology in Social Context: Issues and Debates

This book approaches ideas in psychology from considering historical controversies. It argues that the discipline is shaped by the ways in which it interrelates with society, and that positions taken towards fundamental issues in psychology are reflections of that social context. After the introduction of the notion of psychology as a reflexive discipline shaped by society, examples of specific issues are organized into chapters, including intelligence and IQ, race, women, the nature-nurture debate, state service, ethical standards, personality, mental health, Freud, parapsychology, psychology in everyday life, etc. Further issues are discussed at the end of the book as well.

Themes in Chinese Psychology

The book begins with an exploration of the influence of Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism on the Chinese culture. Then the book examines some major themes in Chinese psychology, including social-psychological characteristics of the Chinese, the concept of filial piety, fatalistic determinism, the significance of face in the management of interpersonal relationships, female gender roles and gender equality, emotions of the Chinese, the landscape of psychopathology in China, and the values, beliefs, and causal attribution of the Chinese outlined in classical literature. One more theme is added in this second edition, and that is Chinese learning.

Social Psychology and Everyday Life

This book starts from reviewing the history of social psychology and outlining a contemporary orientation for the social psychology of everyday life. The discussion is then extended to how knowledge is constructed in everyday settings, what indigenous psychologies can contribute to developing understandings of people in social settings, how the cultivation of place-based identities can increase social participation, how human displacement affects individuals and the receiving communities, how the social influences on health and illness disrupts lifestyle choices, how the marginalized groups and everyday experience is overwhelmed with social injustice, how positive-focused traditions in social psychology can be connected with critical humanism, how people have interacted with media.

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