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 87524 Cognition, Emotion and Motivation

Credits : 3

This course focuses on the motivation, needs, cognitions, and emotions that underlie thought and behavior. It explores theories representative of biological, behavioral, cognitive, psychological, and sociocultural perspectives. The course also examines the historical backgrounds of motivation and emotion research, as well as other current applied motivational approaches.

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
  • Correlate the relationship of cognition, emotion and motivation
  • Appraise critical research findings of contemporary studies
  • Analyze the brain and empirical evidence of human behavior
  • Consider the cognitive process of learned helplessness, anxiety, depression and emotional suffering
  • Discriminate neuropsychological and sociocultural factors of motivation and emotion
  • Analyze and evaluate information critically and effectively
  • Evaluate, incorporate and demonstrate ethical behavior in regard to emerging relevant technologies applicable to psychology
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