As part of the UC system-wide initiative concerning online education and in order to enhance student access to “General Psychology,” the Department of Psychology has created an online version of Psych 1, called Psych w1.
The introductory psychology course, Psych 1, is one of the most popular courses on any college campus and addresses how the mind works and why we do what we do. Past availability to “General Psychology” has been competitive due to limited enrollment; the creation of Psych w1 allows us to increase access to this course.
The course covers the entire field of psychology, including the structures and functions of the nervous system; learning, perception, and memory; thinking, intelligence, and language; emotion and motivation; personality and social interaction; psychology development; and the nature of mental illness and treatment. Materials are supplemented by a full-scale website that explores various topics in greater breadth and depth. The course includes laboratory exercises and discussion-group assignments that connect psychology to current issues.
Online lectures have been prepared by Prof. John Kihlstrom, the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Distinguished Professor in the Division of Undergraduate and Interdisciplinary Studies. Prof. Kihlstrom, who received an award for his teaching at Yale University and has taught the introductory course since 1980, says that "intro" is his favorite course to teach and that the online version is his best offering of the course to date. Prof. Kihlstrom will be leading the course during the 2014 Summer Session and during the academic year, day-to-day management of the course will reside is in the capable hands of Dr. Christopher Gade, who has been teaching “General Psychology” with UC Berkeley since 2011.
UCB students, the course control number for the Sp14 offering is: 73896.
Other students, for more information on registering in this course or other UC online education offerings see: http://www.uconline.edu/ for non-matriculating students
For fellow UC campus students, please see: http://crossenroll.universityofcalifornia.edu/