Psychology 101: Introduction to Psychology



Does your child have an interest in Psychology? Join me for an introductory course that’s active-learning centered, not lecture-based! Presented as a Socratic Method course, learners will get a taste to see if they’d like to learn more!


Meets for one hour once per week for 4 weeks, ages 12-18

The American Psychological Association defines Psychology as “the study of the mind and behavior. The discipline embraces all aspects of the human experience—from the functions of the brain to the actions of nations, from child development to care for the aged. . . In every conceivable setting . . . ‘the understanding of behavior’ is the enterprise of psychologists.”

This course is a general introduction of Psychology, relevant with instruction that integrates thinking skills, historical processes, and content so that learners are able to apply their learning to their own lives. Instruction includes the integration of concepts and principles from history, economics, geography, civics, and the humanities.

I’ll use a combination of textbook excerpts, handouts, videos, information presented on screen as well as read aloud, and various review methods to ensure learners have the ability to learn what Psychology truly is, and what it’s not. This course requires critical thinking and is presented in the Socratic method of teaching to encourage this; this is not a lecture-based course. Critical thinking is the process of actively and skillfully conceptualizing, applying, analyzing, synthesizing, and evaluating information to reach an answer or conclusion, and disciplined thinking that is clear, rational, open-minded, and informed by evidence. Socratic teaching focuses on giving learners questions, not answers. I model an inquiring, probing mind by continually going deeper into the subject with questions. The combination of these means learners are expected to converse regularly, both in the live meetings and the discussion board, with peers and the instructor. A great primer to my Psychology 102 course, this introduction class is a fantastic way to explore Psychology to see if your learner is interested in exploring more!

My love for psychology began my junior year when I took the AP course. What was supposed to be a schedule-filling elective credit accidentally grew into a genuine fascination, and then complete immersion. I found myself going above and beyond the curriculum purely out of curiosity. My interest in what we were discussing in class every day would often send me down long, thought-provoking paths that motivated me to hunt down explanations to the answers of questions I didn’t know I had. But once I had the answers, they seemed to be demanding further explanation, and I was always more than happy to oblige. I enjoy sharing what I’ve learned with my students, and as I continue pursuing my degree in Psychology, I will continue sharing my courses with you!

Anticipated Course Outline

Class 1: What is Psychology?
Class 2: History of Psychology
Class 3: Psychological Approaches
Class 4: Subfields of Psychology


Wed Aug 1, 1:30pm – 2:30pm Eastern
Wed Aug 8, 1:30pm – 2:30pm Eastern
Wed Aug 15, 1:30pm – 2:30pm Eastern
Wed Aug 22, 1:30pm – 2:30pm Eastern