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Introduction to General Psychology

Course code
Course type
BSc Course
Weekly Hours
HS 2023
Juniorprof. Dr. Julia Katharina de Groote
Please note that exchange students obtain a higher number of credits in the BSc-program at WHU than listed here. For further information please contact directly the International Relations Office.

In this course, you will learn about the science of psychology and the study of human behavior. You will be provided with an overview of the different subdisciplines of psychology, including developmental psychology, social psychology, differential psychology, biological psychology, neuropsychology, cognitive psychology, and abnormal psychology. The course further covers the methods of psychology, its history, and philosophical foundations.

Topics include:

oFoundations for the Study of Psychology
oMethods of Psychology
oSocial and Personality Psychology

  • The Development of Body, Thought, and Language
  • Social Development

oThe Biological Bases of Behavior

  • Genetics and Evolutionary Foundations of Behavior
  • The Neural Control of Behavior

oSensation and Perception

  • Overview: Smell, Taste, Pain, Hearing, and Psychophysics
  • Focus: The Psychology of Vision

oPsychological Disorders and Treatment

Date Time
Monday, 04.09.2023 11:30 - 15:15
Monday, 11.09.2023 11:30 - 15:15
Tuesday, 12.09.2023 08:00 - 11:15
Monday, 25.09.2023 11:30 - 15:15
Monday, 02.10.2023 11:30 - 15:15
After completing this course, students will be familiar with current professional fields of psychology. They are aware of the subject classification of psychology in the human sciences, know the historical background of the subject, and understand important basic concepts of scientific theory, which are of central importance for the subject.

Students will master the most important techniques of practical scientific work and understand scientific texts.

Kalat, James.Introduction to Psychology: Cengage. 12th edition (2022). Secondary literature will be announced in the first lecture.
Interactive lectureswill be combined with (group) exercises and (group) discussions. In this way, students gain a broad overview of the topic and are at the same time able to deepen their knowledge and reflect on the contents of the course.
  • Exam 80%
  • In-class participation 20% (including oral participation, quizzes, discussions and group activities)
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