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INTRODUCTION One of the main goals in this course is for you to develop personally through knowledge of psychology. This assignment will give you the opportunity to apply psychological principles to your own life, to your relationships, and to your life in society.
For this assignment you will write a reflection paper detailing the personal development you feel you have achieved.
Your paper should adhere to the following guidelines: • Content: See paper description below. • Length: Approximately 1200 to 1800 words in length (about 5 to 7 pages long) • Typography: Use a size 12 Times New Roman or Arial font, doublespaced • Citation style: Include APA style references to the textbook and other course materials. Please note: While APA style doesn’t usually allow the writer to refer to her/himself in the first person (i.e., using “I” or “me” to refer to yourself), this paper will require the use of first person language. • Due date and grade weighting: The paper is due no later than the final day of the term and will account for 10% of your final grade.
PAPER DESCRIPTION During this term you have learned about, discussed, and written about the following topics:
• Research methods • Neuroscience and behavior • States of consciousness • Learning and memory functions • Thinking, language, and intelligence • Motivation and emotion
• Human development • Health psychology: understanding stress and coping • Personality
As you review the topics in this list, reflect on how a better understanding of these topics in psychology has impacted you in four areas:
• Personal: How has taking this course allowed you to better understand yourself? What insights have you gained? In what ways has this course helped you to understand your thoughts, feelings or behaviors? In what areas of your life do you still struggle and need help with? • Social: How has taking this course allowed you to better understand your relationship(s) with someone else? Think about a significant relationship, and discuss how topics studied in this course have allowed you to gain a better understanding of that relationship. • Organizational and Societal: How has taking this course allowed you to better understand the world around you? Think both about organizations to which you belong (school, place of employment, religious or civic organization) and about society in general. What have you learned in this class that can help you better understand groups to which you belong and issues in our world (for example, racism, sexism, homophobia, class issues, differing cultures and ways of life, religious differences, etc.) • Lasting Impact: Lastly, discuss what topic(s) in the course you were most affected by. Reflecting back on the semester, what was the topic or assignment that applied the most to your life? Why do you think this topic impacted you? How does what you have learned in this course relate to your career aspirations? In general, why do you think it is important for students to take an Introduction to Psychology course?