2022-2023 Pierce College Catalog 
    Nov 28, 2022  
2022-2023 Pierce College Catalog
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PSYC 201 Psychology of Personal Growth (5 credits)

Distribution Area Fulfilled Social Sciences; General Transfer Elective
Formerly PSYCH 201

Course Description
The study of personality, adjustment, love and relationships, self-actualization and the application of psychological principles to problems met by normal people in everyday life.

Course Content
A. Active listening skills
B. Self-concept, self-esteem – development of and factors affecting
C. Identity development – theories of and factors affecting
D. Personality assessment tools (e.g. Colors, MBTI) and use of tools
E. Emotions, (experience and expression of), including stress and stress management and coping issues
F. Sexuality identity development and intimate relationships
G. Family patterns
H. Introduction to approaches to therapy and other behavioral change interventions
I. Communication skills
J. Self-actualization and personal growth

Student Outcomes
1. Use active listening skills consistently and intentionally.

2. Describe one’s self in terms of models of the self, self-concept, and self-esteem.

3. Apply models of identity development to one’s life and identify factors in upbringing that contribute to one’s identity.

4. Discuss usefulness of personality descriptions of self that are derived from personality assessment tools.

5. Describe emotions separate from responses to emotions and identify own pattern of emotional responses.

6. Identify stressors in one’s life and patterns of reaction to stress and generate alternatives for reducing stress or changing responses to it.

7. Describe one’s self in terms of models of the sexual identity development.

8. Contrast family systems theory with individual-centered approaches and describe patterns in one’s own family of origin.

9. Discuss ways to evaluate intensity of psychological issues in one’s life and role of therapy and other interventions relative to intensity.

10. Compare and contrast symptoms associated with types of disorders.

11. Describe examples of differing conflict patterns from one’s life and generate options for resolving conflict based on models of conflict management.

12. Assist classmates in creating descriptive, meaningful examples of course concepts in their lives.

13. Compare and contrast the experience of others in relation to course content in a way that highlights important similarities and differences across cultures.

14. For areas of concern to the student (e.g. stress, conflict, family patterns), construct a plan for changing one’s own behavior and assessing change.

15. Conduct informed observations of human behavior demonstrating an awareness of the cultural context in which human behavior occurs.

Degree Outcomes
Social Sciences: Graduates analyze and interpret social phenomenon using social science theories and methods.

Responsibility: Graduates will be able to critically examine the relationship between self, community, and/or environments, and to evaluate and articulate potential impacts and consequences of choices, actions, and contributions for the creation of sustainable systems.

Lecture Contact Hours 50
Lab Contact Hours 0
Clinical Contact Hours 0
Total Contact Hours 50

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