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( Principals of English for Liberal Education: Psychology)

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Part 1 A Panorama 

Lecture 1 An Invitation to the Study of the Soul


What Are Psychologists Interested In?

Ten Ways Psychology Can Improve Your Life: Practical Ways to Apply Psychology in Everyday Life

Other Key points covered in Lecture 1:

The Study of the Soul

Vast Research Areas in Psychology

Diversity and Unity

Nature vs. Nurture

Lecture 2 The Discovery of the Unknown Mind


The Early Evolution: Glory Behind the Battles of the Psychological “Schools”

The Cognitive Revolution: A Historical Perspective

Other Key points covered in Lecture 2:

Darwin & Functionalism 

John Dewey 

Pavlov’s dog 

Thorndike’s Puzzle Box

A Cup or Two Faces?

Little Albert

Sex and the Unconscious

Lecture 3 The Happiness of the Soul


The Third Force: Psychology of Self-Actualization

Authentic Happiness: What Is the Science of Happiness?

Other Key points covered in Lecture 3:

The Psychology of Science: A Reconnaissance 

Personality Psychology 


Erikson’s Stages of Development 

Harvard Open Course: Positive Psychology

Part 2 Great Minds

Lecture 4 Anecdotes: Between Ordinary and Extraordinary


The Making of the First Psychologist

The Truth about Freud: Man of Contradictions

Other Key points covered in Lecture 4:

Gymnasium and Lyceum  

The Most Punctual Psychologist 

Clinical Practice vs. Physiology? 

Psychology vs. Physiology 

The Child is father of the Man

Human development and motivation

Carl Jung

Lecture 5 The Psychology of the Psychologists


Inferiority Feelings and Compensation: The Life of Maslow

Inferiority Feelings: The Source of Human Striving

Other Key points covered in Lecture 5:

Academic Probation 

The Neo-Freudian Thinkers

Jews in Psychology 

American Psychological Association (APA)

Karen Horney 

B. F. Skinner 

Carl Rogers

Lecture 6 No Nobel Laureates in Psychology?


SPIEGEL Interview with Daniel Kahneman: About Memory and Happiness

Why Do People Sigh? Honoring the Ig-Nobel Prize in Psychology

Other Key points covered in Lecture 6:

Happiness and Satisfaction, Not the Same?

Thinking, Fast and Slow

Psychology in Action

Prospect Theory 

Nobel Prize-Winning Psychologists

Pavlov Failed Psychology?

Kahneman and Tversky’s Questionnaires

Virtual Nobel Prize in Psychology

Part 3 Insights

Lecture 7 Intelligence


Adaptation, Assimilation and Accommodation: What do Children Tell Us about Intelligence?

Frames of Mind: The “Minds” to Cultivate

Other Key points covered in Lecture 7:

The Three Mountain Task 

The Piaget-Chomsky Debate on Language Acquisition


IQ Tests and a Genius Score

Lev Vygotsky’s Theory

Beyond IQ: A Triarchic Theory of Human Intelligence

Lecture 8 Personality


“As the Individual Matures, the Bond with the Past is Broken.”

The 16 PF (Personality Factor) Test

Other Key points covered in Lecture 8:

Allport’s Visit with Freud 

Allport's Scale of Prejudice

Jung’s Personality Types 

The Myers-Briggs Test

Optimism vs. Pessimism

Lecture 9 A Social Being


The Art of Loving

Book Summary: Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion

Other Key points covered in Lecture 9:

Escape from Freedom (1941) 

The Milgram Experiment (1960-1963)

The Bystander Effect

Theories of Love

Harry Harlow’s Monkey Love Experiments 

Stanford Prison Experiment

The Crowd: A Study of the Popular Mind (1895)

Part 4 Academic Study and Communication

Lecture 10 Research into Psychology


Psychological Research Methods

The Bobo Doll Experiment

Other Key points covered in Lecture 10:

Test the Hypothesis: The Asch Conformity Experiments (1951) 


Validity and Reliability

Correlational Studies


Case Study Research

Topics for Psychological Research

Lecture 11 Psychology Research Papers


The Psychology Paper: Common Types and Their Components

A Sample Paper of Psychological Research

Other Key points covered in Lecture 11:

APA Style

Running Head

Top Psychological Journals

Ethics in Psychological Research and Publication

Is a Sigh “Just a Sigh”? Sighs as Emotional Signals and Responses to a Difficult Task

Kar Halvor Teigen’s Study Method 

List of Psychological Research Topics

Lecture 12 Academic Communication


Global Symposium for Psychology Professionals

Journals of Psychology

Other Key points covered in Lecture 11:

Keynote Speeches and Panel Discussions

More Attractions at an Academic Conference


General Conferences and Themed Conferences

Call for Papers

Program Overview


Welcome to APAC 2013






Principals of English for Liberal Education: Psychology

Aims of The Course (课程目的)

English for Liberal Education: Psychology is taught as an English course but explores basic and interesting psychological issues. Its aim is to incorporate the input of psychological knowledge into the learning of the English language in a dynamic and lively manner. Students will be led to the discovery of the soul—the world of psychology displayed by means of reading, listening to, speaking and writing English. They are expected to familiarize themselves with a panorama of the discipline—a diversity of its research topics, major schools of thought and their representatives, major theories and works, and basic research methods. When obtaining knowledge of the discipline, students are encouraged to reflect upon the topics from a broader philosophical perspective and relate what has been learned to their own life. In terms of English learning, students are required to master summary writing of academic literature and develop their critical thinking skills, and speaking and presentation skills. 

Course Components (课程内容)

Components of a typical unit are:

Prelude & Preparation: Warm-up thinking and discussion 

Collection: Main text 

Recollection: Review questions 

Exploration: Group discussion 

Reflection: Summary writing and free writing 

Expansion: Supplementary reading 

Teaching Methods (教学方式)

Class activities will involve mainly lectures, group discussion, class discussion, and class report. The main texts will be taught in the form of lecture or an examination of students’ reading comprehension through review questions. However, the instructor should encourage students to conduct more independent learning. Students should complete extensive reading assignments, writing assignments, and the term writing project which also requires research and thinking upon reading. Multi-media and the Internet will be widely used in in-class teaching and after-class consultation and supervision.

Assessment (考核办法) 

Assessment method: Small writing assignments; Term writing projects

Assessment Score = Attendance & Class participation *20%+ Small writing assignments *30% + Term writing project*50%