We’ve had lots of requests for a syllabus for Introduction to Psychology, so here it is!
Suggested Syllabus for Introduction to Psychology
One of 7Sisters’ most popular courses is our Introduction to Psychology from a Christian Perspective. Teens like our homeschool psychology etext because it is:
- No-busywork that insults or bores teens
- Level-able: It is adaptable to many interests from average homeschool high schoolers who just want a fun elective course, to college-prep teens who need a rigorous, honors-level social science credit for their homeschool transcript.
We’ve had a number of requests to provide a syllabus for Introduction to Psychology from a Christian Perspective. We’ve been hesitant about that for a long time because we firmly believe that there’s not ONE right way to homeschool high school…including what should be included in a syllabus.
On the other hand, a SUGGESTED syllabus gives homeschooling moms a jumping off point. So, here is a syllabus that I’ve used when teaching Psychology in our homeschool co-op and group classes. If you go to the 7Sisters ebookstore, you can download as PDF of this syllabus for free.
Syllabus for Introduction to Psychology
Welcome to Psychology!
This one-semester course is my favorite subject (I work as a counselor, so it should be). I hope it will be a favorite for you, too.
Optional Supplemental Material: Lesson Plans for Introduction to Psychology from a Christian Perspective, 7SistersHomeschool.com (These are additional activities and videos that add richness to the study for individual teens or co-ops.)
Purpose of the course
This homeschool high school Psychology course is designed to give teens a life-skills course that introduces them to the concepts needed for an introductory understanding of the subject. The course covers the topics needed for a half-credit of Social Science for the homeschool transcript at an average high school level. There are instructions for leveling up to a college-prep or rigorous honors-level credit. This leveling up is presented to the teen as meaningful choices of reading, study or activities that give them the right to name this as a powerful honors-level credit.
Topics covered in Introduction to Psychology from a Christian Perspective
The topics covered in the fifteen chapters of this high school Psychology text include :
- The Brain and How it Works
- History of Psychology (Ancient to Pre-modern Times )
- History of Psychology into Modern Times
- Needs and Motivation
- Looking at Personality & Theory
- Sleep & Dreams
- Abnormal Psychology
- Psychological Testing
- Christian Counseling
- Careers in Psychology
- How to Help a Friend in Crisis
This text includes:
- answer key
Be sure to give the tests and answer key to your parent or co-op teacher.
There are also instructions on how to make the course ½ credit average high school level, 1 full credit average high school level, or ½ credit college prep, advanced or honors levels.
Take a look at the introduction to your textbook. It has information to help you determine which level you would like to achieve (high school, college prep, advanced, honors). You will do this work after the course ends, during the winter, but it is good to have it in mind during the semester. I will consult with you in December on ways to “level-up”.
Grading Scale (adjust to your needs):
- Attendance 10% (if in co-op or group class)
- Class Participation 40% (For co-op:this includes passing around homework,- so you must keep homework current to get a good participation grade. For individual: this includes attitude and timeliness of assignments)
- Assignments 50% (must be neatly written and stapled-if text is printed out, or neatly typed in the editable text; and handed in according to syllabus)
- Papers (if leveling up, must be neatly done, stapled together, and handed in according to syllabus)
Due Dates for Projects (to Level Up from Average to College Prep, Advanced or Honors. Add dates):
Test Dates (add dates):
- Test 1: Introduction & Chapter 1
Test 2: Chapter 2
Test 3: Chapters 3 & 4
Test 4: Chapter 5
Test 5: Chapter 6
Test 6: Chapters 7 & 8
Test 7: Chapters 9 & 10
Test 8: Chapter 11
Test 9: Chapters 12 & 13
Test 10: Chapters 14 & 15
Week 1: Chapter One: The Brain and How it Works
Homework: Read Introduction and Chapter 1. Answer questions and complete test.
Week 2: Chapter Two: Perception
Homework: Read Chapter 2. Answer questions and complete test.
Week 3: Chapter Three: Genetics
Homework: Read Chapter 3: Answer questions at end of chapter.
Week 4: Chapter Four: Learning
Homework: Read Chapter 4. Answer questions and complete test for chapters 3 and 4.
Week 5: Chapter Five: History of Psychology- Ancient to Pre-modern Times
Homework: Read Chapter 5. Answer questions and complete test for Chapter 5.
Week 6: Chapter Six: History of Psychology into Modern Times
Homework: Read Chapter 6. Answer questions and complete test for Chapter 6.
Week 7: Chapter Seven: Communication
Homework: Read Chapter 7. Answer questions.
Week 8: Chapter Eight: Needs and Motivation
Homework: Read Chapter 8. Answer questions. Complete test for Chapters 7 and 8.
Week 9: Chapter Nine: Looking at Personality & Theory
Homework: Read Chapter 9. Answer questions.
Week 10: Chapter Ten: Sleep & Dreams
Homework: Read Chapter 10. Answer questions. Complete test on Chapters 9 and 10.
Week 11: Chapter Eleven: Abnormal Psychology
Homework: Read Chapter 11. Answer questions. Complete test on Chapter 11.
Week 12: Chapter Twelve: Psychological Testing
Homework: Read Chapter 12. Answer questions.
Week 13: Chapter Thirteen: Christian Counseling
Homework: Read Chapter 13. Answer questions. Complete test for Chapters 12 and 13.
Week 14: Chapter Fourteen: Careers in Psychology and Chapter Fifteen: How to Help a Friend in Crisis
Homework: Read Chapter 14 and 15. Answer questions.
Week 15: Projects
Homework: Consultations via email for activities for higher levels.
NOTE: You can extend this course to a full credit, simply follow the directions included in the introduction to the text. You can also level up to a full honors credit by following these directions.
Be sure to adapt this syllabus to your homeschool high schoolers’ needs. Everyone is different!