Psychology Courses

Single Doctoral-Level Psychology Courses

At CalSouthern, students may enroll in a course at the doctoral level without committing to a degree program. It’s a great option for students who want to:

  • Get a feel for online learning at CalSouthern before pursuing a doctoral degree
  • Earn credits that can be applied toward a doctorate at CalSouthern or another institution*
  • Gain knowledge and expertise at the highest academic level in a topic of particular interest

Choose any of the doctoral courses from the CalSouthern’s School of Psychology. You’ll find a vast selection of subjects available, on topics as diverse as addiction, human sexuality, trauma, sports psychology, domestic violence and neuroscience.

Getting started is a quick and simple process. No entrance exams are required and you don’t have to provide official transcripts. A master’s degree is not required to take doctoral-level courses. (However, if you wish to commit to CalSouthern’s Doctor of Psychology program, a master’s degree is a prerequisite.) Courses start every month; you’ll never encounter a closed course or waiting list!

*Although credits from regionally accredited institutions like CalSouthern are readily accepted by other universities, acceptance is at the discretion of the receiving institution.

Doctoral Courses

PSY 87515 Social Psychology

Credits : 3

This course provides an overview of social psychology. Areas covered include the foundations of social psychology, social beliefs and judgments, group influence, aggression, and social psychology applications. Specifically, the focus of this course is the exploration of how others affect our perception, thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. This course examines current research, as well as historical, social, and psychological concepts. Learners will gain an understanding of how social psychological constructs impact the world.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Evaluate course concepts critically and competently through interaction with Learners and Faculty Mentor
  • Integrate course concepts through the use of the Taylor Study Method
  • Compare and contrast major theorists and the concepts of social perception and social cognition
  • Formulate the concepts of group function, social influence, interpersonal conflict, and pro-social behavior
  • Discriminate and assess the determinants of aggression
  • Integrate cultural, legal, and ethical issues of social psychology
  • Analyze some of the major contemporary research trends in social psychology
  • Evaluate and incorporate emerging relevant technologies applicable to the field of psychology
  • Analyze and evaluate information critically and effectively
  • Demonstrate ethical behavior in regard to emerging relevant technologies applicable to psychology

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