PSYCH 560

Learning Theory

Psychology College of Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Course Description

Critical review of current theories and persistent issues.

When Taught

Contact Department

Grade Rule

Grade Rule 8: A, B, C, D, E, I (Standard grade rule)

Min

3

Fixed

3

Fixed

3

Fixed

0

Other Prerequisites

or equivalent; or instructor's consent

Note

Contains content featured in the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

Title

1. Understanding of behavioristic learning theory

Learning Outcome

Students will extend their understanding of the behavioristic tradition of learning theory as science and philosophy. Measurement: Take-home essay exams on assigned reading. Regular in-class conversation focused on student-submitted questions about the assigned reading.

Title

2. Describe behavioristic account of phenomena

Learning Outcome

Students will describe the behavioristic account of phenomena typically accounted for in cognitive, intuitive, and humanistic terms, such as mind, will, agency, privacy, and self. Measurement: Take-home essay exams on assigned reading. Regular in-class conversation focused on student-submitted questions about the assigned reading.

Title

3. Apply behaviorism to phenomenon of personal interest

Learning Outcome

Students will apply the behavioristic account in an analysis of a phenomenon of personal interest. Measurement: Author an argumentative essay in multiple drafts with peer- and instructor-review.