Open to: Grades 9 - 12
Eligibility: Advanced CTY-level reading/verbal or math score required
Prerequisites: Completion of high school biology
Course Length: 12 weeks (Winter, Early Summer, Mid-Summer)
Recommended School Credit: One academic year
Student Expectations: Students are strongly encouraged to work an average of 10-14 hours per week for intensive 12-week sessions with no breaks.
Course Code: IPPS
Available Start Dates: 1/18/21, 5/31/21, 6/21/21
AP Psychology covers the material typically covered in a one semester college-level introductory psychology course. It prepares students to take the AP Psychology exam and draws on ebooks provided by Bedford Freeman Worth, which need to be purchased separately by the student. Through textbook readings, projects, and directed online activities that emphasize critical thinking and applications, students explore psychology as the science of behavior and of mental processes.
This course has been reviewed and approved by the College Board to use the "AP" designation.
This course has synchronous virtual class meetings and students may also schedule one-on-one virtual meetings directly with the instructor to answer questions or concerns. The instructor will schedule meeting dates/times at the start of the course. Meetings will be recorded for students who are unable to attend due to scheduling conflicts.
Virtual classrooms, and student activities in the classroom, may be recorded and added to the course as an ongoing asset for all class students to review. Students may be invited to interact in CTY community spaces that include students and instructors and potentially specially invited guests that are not enrolled in their course. Videos from YouTube or other web providers may be present in the course. Video recommendations or links provided at end of videos are generated by the video host provider and are not CTY recommendations. Student contributions (e.g., projects, forum posts, etc.) may remain in the course after the student completes the course. These artifacts may be preserved to showcase student work or to continue important conversations.
Students must purchase the following materials for this course:
Module 1: Discovering Psychology
Module 2: Psychology and Science
Module 3: Brain's Building Blocks
Module 4: Incredible Nervous System
Module 5: Sensation
Module 6: Perception
Module 7: Sleep and Dreams
Module 8: Hypnosis and Drugs
Module 9: Classical Conditioning
Module 10: Operant and Cognitive Approaches
Module 11: Types of Memory
Module 12: Remembering and Forgetting
Module 13: Intelligence
Module 14: Thought and Language
Module 15: Motivation
Module 16: Emotion
Module 17: Infancy and Childhood
Module 18: Adolescence and Adulthood
Module 19: Freudian and Humanistic Theories
Module 20: Social, Cognitive and Trait Theories
Module 21: Health, Stress and Coping
Module 22: Assessment and Anxiety Disorders
Module 23: Mood Disorder and Schizophrenia
Module 24: Therapies
Module 25: Social Psychology
This course requires a properly maintained computer with high-speed internet access and an up-to-date web browser (such as Chrome or Firefox). The student must be able to communicate with the instructor via email. Visit the Technical Requirements and Support page for more details.
Zoom online virtual classroom
This course uses an online virtual classroom for discussions with the instructor. The classroom works on standard computers with the Zoom desktop client and also tablets or handhelds that support the Zoom Mobile app. Students who are unable to attend live sessions will need a computer with the Zoom desktop client installed to watch recorded meetings. The Zoom desktop client and Zoom Mobile App are both available for free download.
This course uses Respondus LockDown Browser proctoring software for designated assessments. LockDown Browser is a client application that is installed to a local computer. Visit the Respondus website for system requirements.
While Chromebook can be used to progress through the course, all exams must be completed on a PC or Mac.