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In this unit you will examine some common myths and misconceptions about the field of Psychology. After that you will take a closer look at what Psychology really is and how it is studied, along with the history of Psychology and different approaches within this field of study.

This unit should take you about 12 hours to complete.

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On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  • Define Psychology
  • Explain the scientific approach to studying Psychology
  • Outline the history of Psychology
  • Compare and contrast perspectives within Psychology

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Portfolio Activity

Throughout this course you will be encouraged to reflect on what you are learning and to record your thoughts in a journal. This process is called reflective journalling. Reflective journalling can help your learning process by XXXX.

Today's portfolio activity is to begin a journal for yourself, and to write down why you are studying this course and what you hope to achieve by completing this course. Your journal can be a notebook, a folder on your computer, a Facebook page, or you can set up an online journal at a blogging site like Wordpress, Weebly, or Blogger.

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The word "Psychology" means different things to different people. What comes to your mind when you think of "Psychology"? It could be a memory, a definition, a quote, an image.

Use the microblog to introduce yourself briefly to your fellow students and to share one aspect of what you associate with the word "Psychology". Read other students' posts and comment on them or ask for further information.

Remember to include the hash tag "#OERuPSY1" in your post.

This microblog activity will give you the opportunity to connect with your fellow students and to begin to form connections between your personal concept of Psychology and the broader ideas we will be introducing in this unit.