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Course title:

Psychology Time of class and room Contact information

Contact hours office hours Tel: e-mail

Instructor Svetlana Lukashova Tuesday , Thursday 18.30-21.20

Saturday 10.30-13.20


8 705 1801952

Course description.

The course develops awareness of intellectual functions development such as memory, thinking, and creativity and personality development characteristics of students during the studying process.

It also develops competence in building and maintaining types or relationships, builds skills in conflict prevention and considers behavioral standards that guide relationships. It provides foundation for improving quality of life though more positive, caring, and respectful relationships at university, at home, and in the workplace. Business employers need employees who can participate as a member of a team, teach others new skills, serve clients, exercise leadership, negotiate and work diversity. These skills are important for success in the workplace.

General learning objectives of the course:

- understand the process of person perception and attitude formation;

- understand the nature of social interaction, verbal and non-verbal;

- find out the areas of social influence: conformity, compliance, and obedience;.

- understand the emergence of leaders in groups, the social skills of effective leaders;

- recognize different motives of students to study and develop as healthy personalities;

- understand the processes that influence group effectiveness;

- encourage yourself and others to be more helpful to one another.


1. Robert A. Baron, Social Psychology, 2006. Pearson Education.

2.Rita L. Atkinson , Introduction to Psychology,1993. Harcourt Brace College Publishers, USA

3. Michael Argyle, Social Relationships, 1998. The British Psychological Society, Open Units on Social Psychology.

4.Michael Argyle, Social Influence, 1998. The British Psychological Society, Open Units on Social Psychology.

Course Outline.

Week Theme Objectives Readings/assignments

2 hours

I The Study of Psychology 1. 4 basic goals of psychology

2. 5 major schools of thought which developed into modern science

3. major methods used in psychology R. Baron Ch. 1 pp 3-18 R. Atkinson Ch.1 pp 4-27

2 hours

II Personality psychology 1. Goals and requirements of personality theories.

2. Psychoanalytic theory (S. Freud; C. Jung) R. Atkinson Ch. 14 pp 525-550

Test: Typology of personality C. Jung. ( 2points)

2 hours

III Personality psychology 1. Humanistic theories (C. Rogers, A. Maslow)

2. Social- hearing theories (Skinner, Rotter) Test: Eysenck temperament test ( 2points)

Theory analysis I( 10 points)

2 hours

IV Cognitive psychology.

Memory 1. Memory processes

2. Stages of memory storage

3. Forgetting R. Atkinson ch.7 pp 253-300.

2 hours

V Cognitive psychology. Intelligence 1. Theories of intelligence

2. Multiple intelligence Test: Multiple Intelligence internet based (H.Gardner)

( 2 points)

2 hours

VI Cognitive psychology.

Thinking skills and creativity. 1. Convergence and divergence thinking

2. Problem-solving effectiveness

3. Creativity. Left-right brain dominance inventory(2points)

Theory analysis II ( 10 points)

2 hours

VII Psychology of Motivation 1. Drive and incentive theories of motivation

2. Arousal and cognitive theories of motivation R. Atkinson Ch.10 pp 372-415

2 hours

VIII Psychology of Motivation 1. Stimulus and biological motives.

2. Social- learned motives: achievement, power, affiliation. Test: Motivational Thought Inventory(2points)

Seminar: Practical application of theories of motivation (5 points)

2 hours

IX Overview Personality.

Cognitive psychology.


Midterm 1 ( Theory analysis 1+2= 20%, participation - 10%) -30%

2 hours

X Social cognition.

Person perception. 1. The process of person perception.

2. First impression formation (halo effect, physical attractiveness) R. Baron: Ch. 3 pp 93-112


XI Social cognition.

Attitudes 1. Attitude formation

2. Cognitive dissonance. R. Baron: Ch. 4

2 hours

XII Social Interaction 1. Verbal communication

2. Non-verbal



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