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Psychology 120

Course Outline

Length of Course: One semester (14 weeks)

Classroom Hours per Week: 4 hours lecture

Number of Credits: 3 credits

Prerequisite: Psychology 110 and C+ or higher in English 098, 099 LWA placement or equivalent external score

Corequisite: English 099​

Description of Course

The second half of a two-part introduction to the core areas of psychology. Topics covered include the history of psychology, research methods, the biological bases of behaviour, sexual motivation, states of consciousness, psychological disorders, and therapy.

Course Outline

  1. Introduction to Psychology
  2. Thinking Critically
  3. Statistical Methods
  4. Neuroscience and Behavior
  5. Sexual Motivation
  6. States of Consciousness
  7. Psychological Disorders
  8. Therapy


Myers, D. G. (2007). Psychology (Eighth Edition). New York: Worth Publishers, Inc.

Study Guide

Straub, R. O. (2007). Study Guide for above text. New York: Worth Publishers, Inc. (Optional)


  • SFU: PSYC 102 (3)
  • UBC: with COLU PSYC 120 = UBC PSYC 100 (6)
  • UVic: PSYC 100B (1.5 units)


Gary Mangel, B.A. (McGill), M.A. (Simon Fraser)