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Southern Regional High School
Manahawkin, New Jersey
Course Syllabus
Department: Social Studies
Course: Psychology Advanced Placement
Marking Period 1
Topics/Units to be covered:
• Prologue
• Intuition, Critical Thinking, Correlations, Experimentation, Statistics
• Phrenology, Neural Communication, Neurotransmitters, The Nervous System, Endocrine System,
The Brain
• Consciousness, Hypnosis, Sleep Theories and Disorders, Dreams
• Behavior Genetics, Evolutionary Psych and Parents, Cultural Influences, Gender Development
• Quarterly
Marking Period 2
Topics/Units to be covered:
• Prenatal Development, Infancy and Childhood Dev: Physical- Cognitive- Social, Adolescence,
• Sensation: vision, hearing, touch, pain, taste, smell, perceptual organization and interpretation,
• Learning: Classical Conditioning, Pavlov, Operant Conditioning, Punishment, Observation
• Memory: Encoding, storage, retrieval, forgetting, memory construction
• Thinking, Problem solving, Language
• Intelligence: Multiple, Emotional, Standardization, Nature v Nurture, Differences
• Motivation: Instincts, Drives, Arousal, needs, Hunger, Obesity
• Quarterly
Marking Period 3
Topics/Units to be covered:
• Sexual Motivation: physiology and psychology, sexual orientation, values, work
• Emotions: theories, embodied, expressed, experienced, stress/health, promoting health
• Personality: Psychoanalytic, Defense Mechanisms, Humanistic, Trait, Big 5, Social Cognitive
• Psychological Disorders: Labeling, Anxiety, Somatoform, Dissociative, Mood, Schizophrenia,
• Therapy: Psychoanalytic, Humanistic, Behavior, Cognitive, Group, Biomedical, Drug
• Social Psych: Attribution, Conformity, Obedience, Group Influence, Social Relations, Aggression,
Attraction, Conflict, Peacemaking
• Quarterly
Marking Period 4
Topics/Units to be covered:
• Use Myer’s text and Barron to review for AP test usually administered in early May
• Movies and projects to supplement curriculum after the test
• Final Exam
Revised: April 2011/Course 4517