The AP Psychology course is designed to introduce students to the systematic and scientific study of the behavior and mental processes of human beings and other animals. Students are exposed to the psychological facts, principles, and phenomena associated with each of the major subfields within psychology. Students will also learn about the ethics and methods psychologists use in their science and practice.
This course is taught at the college level. Students will be required to cover material outside of class and come prepared for group discussions and activities. The AP curriculum stresses higher order critical thinking skills within a rigorous academic context. Students will be required frequently to analyze, synthesize, and evaluate primary and secondary sources in addition to memorizing, comprehending, and applying facts.
The psychology course is designed to be an introduction into the science of psychology. It is a strong academic survey of the essentials of psychology from the physiological facts and classical theories to current trends. The course content will include the general academic overview of psychology, including its vocabulary, research methods and important individuals in the area of psychology. It will also present the general methods of scientific investigation as they are applied to human behavior. It is a broad academic survey of problems, methods, facts and principles. The course content will give students the opportunity to examine and reflect upon their beliefs, attitudes and feelings about themselves and their ideas of what people are like and why they behave as they do. Also included are topics such as: personality, intellectual abilities and adjustment, learning skills, perception, emotions, motivation, personality disorders, thinking and biological influences on behavior.