The AP ® Psychology course is designed to introduce students to the systematic and scientific study of the behavior and mental processes of human beings and other animals. Students are exposed to the psychological facts, principles, and phenomena associated with each of the major subfields within psychology. They also learn about the ethics and methods psychologists use in their science and practice.
This course is taught at the college level. The major difference between a high school and college course is the amount of reading and depth of focus. The AP ® curriculum stresses higher order thinking skills within a rigorous academic context. Students will be required to frequently analyze, synthesize, and evaluate primary and secondary sources in addition to memorizing, comprehending, and applying psychological concepts.
Students are engaged in content (through a variety of multimedia, using high quality online resources in addition to those offered with their text) case study work and regular discussions on controversial topics and applications of psychological concepts throughout the course. Student will also research specific experiments on their own as well as reflect on their learning in regular journal entries.
Students should expect weekly reading assignments in the ebook, Meyers’ Psychology for AP® 2nd Edition. in addition to research, writing, group work, and participation in discussions
Tips for completing multiple choice questions and writing the essay part of the exam are part of the instruction for this course. Students will be given numerous opportunities to review and practice for the AP exam through-out the course
Students enrolled in Advanced Placement VHS courses are required to take the AP® exam, and are expected to report their AP® examination scores to VHS (note: students who are failing their AP® class are not required to take the exam). Upon receipt of the student's exam score, each score will be recorded by VHS and assigned an anonymous tracking number to ensure student anonymity and confidentiality. By enrolling in an AP® VHS class, the student authorizes their school site coordinator and school administration to report AP® examination scores to VHS. Exam results will not affect the student's VHS grade or future enrollment in VHS courses.
This AP ® course does not have any required summer reading for the 2017-2018 school year.
In addition to the enrollment fee, this course has an AP® fee of $75.
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F16, SP17, F17, SP18
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AdvancED, Certified by NCAA for initial-eligibility (VHS School Code: 221356), Middle States Commission on Secondary Schools, University of California A-G Course Approval