Social Studies

Psychology in Society - High School Elective (Part 2 of 4)

In this 8-week course, learners will continue their study of psychology by exploring development across the lifespan, learning, language development, social psychology, and sociocultural diversity and gender.
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55 minutes

per class

Twice per week

over 8 weeks


year olds


learners per class

per learner - per class

How does aMulti-Daycourse work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Available Times

Pacific Time

Tue Oct 18

Oct 18 - Dec 15 (8 weeks)
Tu, Th
7pm - 7:55pm

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Class Experience

This class is taught in English.
This class covers the following APA National Standards for High School Psychology Curricula:

Development and Learning Domain:
~ Lifespan Development
1.1 Explain the interaction of environmental and biological factors in development, including the role of the brain in all aspects of development
1.2 Explain issues of continuity/discontinuity and stability/change
1.3 Distinguish methods used to study development
1.4 Describe the role of sensitive and critical periods in development
1.5 Discuss issues related to the end of life
2.1 Discuss theories of cognitive development
2.2 Discuss theories of moral development
2.3 Discuss theories of social development
3.1 Describe physical development from conception through birth and identify influences on prenatal development
3.2 Describe newborns’ reflexes, temperament, and abilities
4.1 Describe physical and motor development
4.2 Describe how infant perceptual abilities and intelligence develop
4.3 Describe the development of attachment and the role of the caregiver
4.4 Describe the development of communication and language
5.1 Describe physical and motor development
5.2 Describe how memory and thinking ability develops
5.3 Describe social, cultural, and emotional development through childhood
6.1 Identify major physical changes
6.2 Describe the development of reasoning and morality
6.3 Describe identity formation
6.4 Discuss the role of family and peers in adolescent development
7.1 Identify major physical changes associated with adulthood and aging
7.2 Describe cognitive changes in adulthood and aging
7.3 Discuss social, cultural, and emotional issues in aging
~ Learning 
1.1 Describe the principles of classical conditioning
1.2 Describe clinical and experimental examples of classical conditioning
1.3 Apply classical conditioning to everyday life
2.1 Describe the Law of Effect
2.2 Describe the principles of operant conditioning
2.3 Describe clinical and experimental examples of operant conditioning
2.4 Apply operant conditioning to everyday life
3.1 Describe the principles of observational and cognitive learning
3.2 Apply observational and cognitive learning to everyday life
~ Language Development 
1.1 Describe the structure and function of language
1.2 Discuss the relationship between language and thought
2.1 Explain the process of language acquisition
2.2 Discuss how acquisition of a second language can affect language development and possibly other cognitive processes
2.3 Evaluate the theories of language acquisition
3.1 Identify the brain structures associated with language
3.2 Discuss how damage to the brain may affect language

Sociocultural Context Domain: 
~ Social Interactions 
1.1 Describe attributional explanations of behavior
1.2 Describe the relationship between attitudes (implicit and explicit) and behavior
1.3 Identify persuasive methods used to change attitudes
2.1 Describe the power of the situation
2.2 Describe effects of others’ presence on individuals’ behavior
2.3 Describe how group dynamics influence behavior
2.4 Discuss how an individual influences group behavior
3.1 Discuss the nature and effects of stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination
3.2 Describe determinants of prosocial behavior
3.3 Discuss influences upon aggression and conflict
3.4 Discuss factors influencing attraction and relationships
~ Sociocultural Diversity 
1.1 Define culture and diversity
1.2 Identify how cultures change over time and vary within nations and internationally
1.3 Discuss the relationship between culture and conceptions of self and identity
1.4 Discuss psychological research examining race and ethnicity
1.5 Discuss psychological research examining socioeconomic status
1.6 Discuss how privilege and social power structures relate to stereotypes, prejudice, and discrimination
2.1 Discuss psychological research examining gender identity
2.2 Discuss psychological research examining diversity in sexual orientation
2.3 Compare and contrast gender identity and sexual orientation
2.4 Discuss psychological research examining gender similarities and differences and the impact of gender discrimination
2.5 Discuss the psychological research on gender and how the roles of women and men in societies are perceived
2.6 Examine how perspectives affect stereotypes and treatment of minority and majority groups in society
2.7 Discuss psychological research examining differences in individual cognitive and physical abilities
I have a Bachelor's in Psychology and a Master's in Education (Curriculum and Instruction) and have taught year-long high school psychology classes since 2014. 
There will be recommended readings and extension activities each week. 
Note-taking handouts will be provided weekly. 
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
There will be four quizzes to be completed outside of class time throughout the course. A letter grade can be provided upon request prior to the start of the course. 
1 hour 50 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
The suggested readings can be done after each class to reinforce and build on the content. They are from the free online Psychology book from OpenStax, available here: 
If you would prefer a print version, it is available for purchase for about $30. We will use this book for all four parts of the Psychology in Society - High School Elective class. 


April Williamson
Lives in the United States
High School English and Psychology Teacher
30 total reviews
61 completed classes

About Me

Hello! I have taught secondary English, psychology, and social-emotional learning since 2013, working in California, Florida, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Japan. I've taught at educational summer camps and in public and charter schools. I've... 
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