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PSYC 101P:  Topics in Psychology

Noel Garrett, visiting lecturer in Graduate Liberal Studies


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Noel Garrett

This course focuses on behavior and why an individual thinks, feels, and reacts to certain stimuli. Major emphases will be placed on research methods, stages in childhood and adolescence, how the brain works, altered states of consciousness, psychological testing, and psychological disorders.  Students are exposed to the psychological facts, principles, and phenomena associated with each of the major subfields within psychology. They also learn about the ethics and methods psychologists use in their science and practice.

The aim of the course is to provide the student with a learning experience equivalent to that obtained in most college introductory psychology courses.

Course Objectives:

Upon the successful completion of this course, students will be able to: 

  • Identify major contributors to the field of Psychology.
  • Explain basic methods of psychological research.
  • Apply major theories and stages of development (from infancy through adulthood) to their own lives as well as those around them.
  • State, label, and describe basic parts and functions of the human brain.
  • Compare and contrast functions of the brain’s hemispheres
  • Describe the research related to sleep and dreams.
  • Outline the principles involved in sensation and perception.
  • Break down and illustrate the principles and techniques surrounding classical and operant conditioning.
  • Recall and explain the cognitive theorists’ approach to the study of emotions.
  • Identify ways of measuring test standardization, reliability, and validity.
  • Explain the various views of intelligence.
  • Describe and evaluate the major schools of personality theory.
  • Summarize the major causes, symptoms, treatment, and prognoses of various psychological disorders including, but not limited to, anxiety, somatoform, dissociative, personality, and mood, as well as schizophrenia.
  • Explain and differentiate between the various forms of psychotherapy ranging from psychoanalysis to cutting edge biological approaches to treatment.

Assignments will include written essays, online quizzes, forum discussion board posts and responses, and an analytical review of a piece chosen from popular culture media.

This course will run asynchronously from September 30 through November 22, with students completing weekly assignments on their own schedule.  Students should expect to spend approximately 5 - 8 hours per week on this course.

To maintain the small seminar experience, enrollment is limited to a maximum of 20 students.

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Noel Garrett,
a visiting instructor of psychology at Wesleyan's Graduate Liberal Studies Program, is the Director of the Academic Resource Center at Connecticut College, where he works closely with faculty and the Dean of the College to provide workshops, tutoring, academic strategizing and counseling to create conditions for every student to realize personal learning goals, work effectively, and achieve the highest levels of academic excellence and achievement.    

Prior to joining Connecticut College, he was a class dean at Wesleyan, and formerly served as Director of Student Support and Crisis Management for The New School.  He has taught several courses in Psychology at Eugene Lang, and the graduate programs at Wesleyan and the New School for Social Research.

Before the world of academia, Noel was a Senior Vice President and Architect/Systems Engineer for premier Wall Street Merchant Banks and consulting firms for nearly 18 years.

Noel earned his Masters and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from The New School for Social Research in New York City. He earned his BS in Business Administration/Computer Science from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.