PSYC2320 Psychology of Living in the 21st Century

Road rage, computer viruses, technological advances, and information overload can all contribute to our experience of anxiety, depression, insomnia, anger, and stress! This course will explore the psychological, social, and physical effects of living in the 21st century. Vulnerable areas in close relationships, career-life balance, physical health, mental health and communication will be examined. Strategies for successful adaptation will be contrasted with ineffective lifestyle patterned responses. Effective and ineffective coping skills will be explored to encourage more successful adaptation to our ever-changing world.




Qualifying score on reading assessment test OR ENGL0921

Course Requirements and Evaluation

Refer to Course Syllabus for detailed information regarding the requirements and evaluation standards for this course. The Course Syllabus will be distributed the first week of the course.

Learning Outcomes

The following outcomes will be addressed in the course:
Describe how technological advances contribute to adjustment demands and challenges
Contrast theories of personality
Identify major types of stress
Identify adaptive and maladaptive cognitive coping strategies
Describe self-concept, self-esteem, and self-regulation
Identify types of prejudice and prejudice reduction strategies
Apply effective communication strategies
Discuss close relationships, attraction, and relationship development
Identify vulnerable areas in marital adjustment, divorce, and alternatives to marriage
Contrast gender similarities and differences
Explore human adjustment across the lifespan using the biopsychosocial model
Explore career development, career transitions, career hazards, and work-life balance
Explore human sexuality using the biopsychosocial perspective
Understand interactions relating to psychoneuroimmunology
Contrast psychological disorders and treatment options

Text and References

A list of textbooks required for this course is available at the bookstore.

Course Scheduling

The scheduled hours of instruction include sixteen hours for each lecture credit, thirty two hours for each lab credit and forty hours for each credit of supervised occupational experience (SOE). Lecture credit may include formal or impromptu lectures, demonstrations or discussions with the entire class or with small groups or individuals. Refer to the Credit Details section of this course outline for the credit breakdown.

Accommodations Statement

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Credit Details



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