Single Master’s-Level Psychology Courses
At CalSouthern, students are permitted to enroll in a course at the master’s level without committing to a particular degree program. It’s a great option for students who want to:
- Get a feel for online learning at CalSouthern before pursuing a master’s degree
- Earn credits that can be applied toward a master’s degree at CalSouthern or another institution*
- Gain master’s-level knowledge and expertise in a topic of interest
Choose any master’s-level course offered by CalSouthern’s School of Psychology. You’ll find a vast selection of subjects available, on topics as diverse as addiction, human sexuality, organizational psychology, marriage and family therapy and psychopathology.
Getting started is a quick and simple process. No entrance exams are required and you don’t have to provide official transcripts. A bachelor’s degree is not required to take master’s-level courses. (However, if you wish to enroll in a master’s-level degree program, a bachelor’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.
PSY 86517 Psychology of Aging
This course will examine the aging population from a psychological perspective, concentrating on theory, research, and developmental effects associated with the various stages of aging, especially older adulthood. The focus will be on the biological, psychological, cognitive, perceptual, sociological, and personality issues that the older population encounters. Emphasis will be placed on understanding and describing the optimization of the latter stages of the human lifespan.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 current research on alternative stage theories of adulthood and personality development
- Distinguish the factors that contribute to accelerated sensory decline as individuals age
- Speculate changes in cognitive functioning and creative performance associated with aging
- Formulate legal, ethical and cultural-related factors that occur with aging
- Discriminate the physical and socioemotional needs of the elderly
- 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 information and information technology