Psychology & Philosophy
Psychology & Philosophy
Philosophy & Psychology is a dynamic course designed for 11th and 12th grade students interested in exploring the intersection of two fascinating fields of study. In this course, students will delve into the scientific study of human development, learning, motivation, and personality through the lens of psychology. They will develop a foundational understanding of psychology, including key concepts and a historical perspective on the study of individual behavior. Students will explore the contributions of major scholars in the field, such as Sigmund Freud, Erik Erikson, Abraham Maslow, and Jean Piaget, to name a few.
In Philosophy, students will engage in a broad range of topics, from historical philosophical concepts to present-day topics that affect us as a society. They will develop critical thinking and analytical skills as they explore the ideas of philosophers throughout history and apply these concepts to contemporary issues. The course will incorporate guided research and a heavy emphasis on participation through the exchange of ideas and the exploration of philosophical concepts. The text, Basic Teaching of the Great Philosophers, by S.E. Frost, Jr., will serve as a foundational resource for the course.
This course is open to students who have completed AP Psychology, as well as those who have not taken the course. Students who take Philosophy & Psychology before AP Psychology will develop a solid foundation in psychology, which will serve as an excellent preparation for more advanced study in the field. Alternatively, students who take this course after AP Psychology will be able to apply their prior knowledge to explore psychological concepts in a broader philosophical context. Overall, Philosophy & Psychology offers a unique opportunity for students to explore two dynamic fields of study and develop a deep understanding of the human mind and behavior.
At a glance:
Philosophy & Psychology is a comprehensive course that explores the intersection of psychology and philosophy, providing students with a solid foundation in both fields.
Students will develop a foundational understanding of psychology, including key concepts, historical perspectives, and the contributions of major scholars in the field, such as Freud, Erikson, Maslow, and Piaget.
Through the exploration of philosophical concepts, students will develop critical thinking and analytical skills, which they will apply to contemporary issues and historical philosophical ideas.
Whether students take this course before or after AP Psychology, they will gain valuable insights into the human mind and behavior, which will serve them well in further study and in their personal and professional lives.