PSYC 2300 - Psychology of Adjustment
Credit Hours: 3.00
Prerequisites: PSYC 1010
The process of personal adjustment including ways of coping with stress and learning constructive patterns of behavior.
Billable Contact Hours: 3
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OUTCOMES AND OBJECTIVES
Outcome 1: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to describe theories related to both effective and ineffective adjustment strategies.
- Summarize appropriate research on the connection between daily events and stress.
- Identify ways to promote and maintain adjustment in daily life.
Outcome 2: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to explain the impact of coping strategies on common sources of stress.
- Identify two ways in which stress can impact both physiological and psychological health.
- Describe three effective coping strategies and explain how they minimize stress.
- Describe the role of gender, ethnicity, and socioeconomic factors in the reaction to and ability to cope with stress.
Outcome 3: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to explain the factors necessary to create and maintain effective social relationships.
- Describe at least four social factors that influence communication in relationships.
- Identify three effective verbal and nonverbal communication skills that influence positive relations.
- Summarize the role of context in relationship communication.
- Summarize the research findings on same gender friendships, opposite gender friendships and romantic relationships (both heterosexual and homosexual).
Outcome 4: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to apply the psychological principles of adjustment to daily living.
- List three social and/or cultural factors that contribute to identity development.
- Describe three theories of identity development.
- Summarize the role of personality in identity development.
- Name common difficulties that may occur in the process of identity development.
COMMON DEGREE OUTCOMES (CDO)
CDO marked YES apply to this course:
- Communication: The graduate can communicate effectively for the intended purpose and audience.
- Critical Thinking: The graduate can make informed decisions after analyzing information or evidence related to the issue.
- Global Literacy: The graduate can analyze human behavior or experiences through cultural, social, political, or economic perspectives.
- Information Literacy: The graduate can responsibly use information gathered from a variety of formats in order to complete a task.
- Quantitative Reasoning: The graduate can apply quantitative methods or evidence to solve problems or make judgments.
- Scientific Literacy: The graduate can produce or interpret scientific information presented in a variety of formats.
Critical Thinking: YES
Global Literacy: YES
Information Literacy: YES
Scientific Literacy: YES
COURSE CONTENT OUTLINE
- Stress Management
- Physical Health
- Effects of Stress on Health
- Adjustment and Health
- Psychological Disorders
- Theoretical perspectives
- Social Thinking
- Group Influence
- Interpersonal Communications
- Cross‐cultural Perspectives
- Friendship and Love
- Marriage and Committed Relationships
- Gender Definitions
- Theories of Identification
- Impact of Gender Roles
- Scientific Evidence
Van Wormer, Sara
Primary Syllabus - Macomb Community College, 14500 E 12 Mile Road, Warren, MI 48088
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