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Ever wonder why you do what you do — and what you can do to improve? Psychology at Redeemer studies the whole person created in the image of God, including human thought, emotion, and behaviour. Use scientific, theoretical, and experiential tools to investigate human strengths and well-being.
Psychology is a Bachelor of Arts degree within the Psychology Department. It is offered as an honours major, major and as a minor.
Right from the start, you’re learning from professors who are actively researching in their fields and love to get their students involved with hands-on learning and in-class experiments.
In your first year, you’ll be introduced to the two major areas of psychology — clinical (counselling and working with people) and experimental (research and testing). Taught in seminar-style classes, you’ll learn the foundational history, research methodologies, and an overview of human development which prepares you for upper-year courses that dig into specific areas and topics of psychology more in-depth.
The Core Curriculum is a set of 10 courses that every student takes. The courses are woven through every major and gets you to think deeply and broadly about what you’re studying. Think about it this way…
In your classes, you’ll ask practical questions that deal with real-world issues in courses like Positive Psychology, Personality, and Developmental Psychology: Infant and Child. Small classes taught by dedicated professors who are experts in their field mean you will conduct and critically assess research as you review the methods, concepts and findings of contemporary psychology.
Redeemer's psychology lab is a research hub for faculty, where students often assist in current research projects. As one example, Dr. Short has included students in her research on facial recognition. Cassie Wilson ‘17 researched alongside Dr. Short for her thesis and was honoured to be the only undergraduate presenting in her session at the Canadian Psychology Association national convention in Toronto.
Participate in a one-term internship, gaining experience in applied or research psychology. Internships provide the opportunity to apply what you’re learning in the classroom to real-world organizations, situations, and experiences.
is a counsellor based out of Waterloo, where she and her husband also planted a church and serve as its lead pastors. She also holds a MA in Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy.
Alumnus Jason Dykstra '07 helps build and restore healthy relationships and communities through conflict mediation.
Cassie Wilson ‘17 presents her honours psychology thesis at the Toronto convention of the Canadian Psychological Association
Alumna Sarah Snider works with Micah House and Karam Kitchen, two different organizations with very similar goals: empowering and walking alongside refugees and...
Alumnus Hank de Jong establishes EduDeo Campus 621 in the heart of Hamilton’s neighbourhood revitalization
Dr. Lindsey Short is exploring how experience shapes our impressions of the hundreds of faces we see every day
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An introduction to those topics in psychology emphasizing an experimental approach to the discipline. Major topics covered include an overview of the discipline’s history and research
methodologies, the biological roots of behaviour, sensation and perception, states of consciousness, learning, memory, thinking and language, emotion, motivation, and social influences and relations.
An introduction to clinical and developmental psychology. Topics covered include an overview of psychological research methods, child development, adolescent development, adult development, mental abilities, positive psychology, personality, psychological disorders and treatment, and health psychology.
An introduction to descriptive statistics and the logic of statistical inference. Statistical techniques common to behavioural sciences are covered. Includes a weekly one-hour lab.
A basic overview of normal development beginning at the prenatal stage and continuing through to the end of childhood. Topics include prenatal, intellectual, social, emotional, moral, and gender-role development. The influences of the family, peers, and television on development will also be explored.
The course provides an overview of the developmental aspects of adolescence that are common to all adolescents, including physio-logical, cognitive, social, moral, spiritual, and sexual development. Issues facing some adolescents, such as eating disorders, cult member-ship, teen pregnancy, juvenile delinquency, and drug abuse will be discussed.
This course will provide a summary of adult development. It will focus on aspects of development that are normal to all adults, such as cognitive, emotional, social, physical, sexual, vocational, and spiritual. In addition, aspects of development that are unique to some adults, such as addictions, cognitive disorders, forced retirement, and terminal illness will be explored.
An overview of the methodologies employed in studying the major problem areas of psychology. Emphasis is placed on a general research design at both the conceptual and applied levels. Topics include the scientific study of human behaviour, formulation of research problems, research design, statistical inferences, decision-making, and writing of research reports. Includes a weekly 75 minute lab.
An overview of research and theory in areas of social perception, interpersonal attractions and relationships, altruism, aggression, conformity, attitude development and change, and group
processes. Practical applications of social psychology to law, medicine, and business will be explored.
An introduction to modern American and European theories of the psychological structure, dynamics, and development of human personality. In addition to major theories of personality, personality assessment and measurement will be discussed.
A review of the causes, symptoms, and treatments of several psychological disorders, including schizophrenia, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, somatoform disorders, dissociative disorders, substance-use disorders, psychophysiological disorders, and problems of sexual adaptation. Legal, ethical, and social issues pertaining to psychological disorders will be explored.
An examination of the psychological aspects of health and illness. This course examines psychosocial, behavioural, and biomedical processes in the prevention of illness and the promotion of health and well-being (physical, psychological, and spiritual). The emphasis will be on theory-based psychological research and on the practice of health psychology. Selected topics to be explored include: the psychophysiological disorders, attitudes and behaviours which promote good health, the relationship between stress and disease, coping with stress, understanding and coping with pain and illness, lifestyle and risk factors in various medical disorders.
This course examines human information processing. Major topics include pattern recognition, attention, memory processes, concept formation, knowledge acquisition, comprehension, problem solving, decision making, and psycholinguistics.
A survey of fundamental conditioning processes based on experimental studies of human and animal behaviour. Topics covered include: habituation, sensitization, classical conditioning,
instrumental conditioning, and behaviour modification. The importance of these principles will be illustrated using examples from clinical, vocational, and educational settings.
This course will examine some of the global issues in psychology that touch on the relationship between neurological mechanisms and human personhood. Students will study introductory
neurophysiology and neuroanatomy, concentrating on neural and synaptic transmission and basic subdivisions of the nervous system. Building on this foundation, various topics will be
discussed including lateralization of functions, sensory systems, motivation and regulatory systems, emotional behaviour, learning and memory, and brain damage and related disorders.
This course involves the application of scientific and professional aspects of psychology to questions and issues relating to law and the legal system. This field encompasses contributions made in a number of different areas, including research, clinical practice and public policy, from a variety of perspectives within the field of psychology. This course introduces students to the major theories and research areas found within forensic psychology, and their application to a wide range of legal topics such as the insanity defence, criminal profiling, eyewitness testimony, interrogations, jury selection, and victim services.
Positive psychology is the scientific study of human flourishing. Exploring topics such as virtue and character, happiness and gratitude, willpower and self-control, emotion and optimism, students will be challenged to grow in their understanding and experience of human flourishing. Connections to Scripture and the long tradition of Christian reflection on flourishing will be explored.
Histories of psychology meet a real human need: the way we narrate psychology’s past will shape our vision of psychology’s future and how we might participate in that future. But it’s
crucial that histories of psychology also be based on rigorous scholarship and not on wishful thinking. In this class we’ll explore the traditional “textbook” history of psychology narrative
which emphasizes how psychology broke away from dogma, speculation, and ignorance so that it might become the science and practice it is today. We’ll also consider–in light of primary sources and recent historical scholarship–the degree to which this narrative corresponds with historical reality and what a more adequate narrative might look like. To meet the need of our students to reflect a distinctive worldview in any vocation or place they are called, an emphasis will be placed on Christianity’s (and Christians’) role in psychology’s past, present, and future.
This course offers exposure to theories and methods of therapeutic counselling. Basic training in therapeutic communication and counselling techniques are also included.
In recent years, psychology has experienced an explosion of interest in the topic of willpower or self-control. Numerous empirical studies show that human beings have a capacity for self-control, that this capacity is linked to the brain, that willpower can be strengthened, and that new insights are available that can help us to overcome bad habits and achieve our goals in life. Students will be challenged to understand this research and apply it to their lives. But is willpower really “the greatest human strength” as some researchers contend? To answer this question, we will grapple with the deep historical connections between this new psychology of willpower and the traditional Christian idea of “will.” In the process, students will engage several foundational issues, such as the construction of psychological language, the role of metaphor in psychology, and the nature of “free will.”
This seminar examines select issues in depth psychology, particularly classical drive theory (as developed by Sigmund Freud) and analytical psychology (as developed by Carl Jung). Based on student interest, developments in other psychoanalytic traditions, such as ego and self psychology, and object relations theory may receive some attention.
An overview of the interface between the topics of psychology and spirituality viewpoints. The importance of these views for human development and the therapeutic process is examined. Topics include psychological perspectives on suffering, evil, forgiveness, prayer, spiritual assessment, and the psychological effects of spiritual practices.
This seminar provides an in-depth examination of topics in experimental psychology with an advanced research component. Students will learn about, and evaluate, theoretical approaches
used to direct research in the topic area and will need to critically examine recent empirical articles in the topic area.
A one-term training experience in applied or research psychology. These internships are intended to assist students in making career decisions and in preparing for post-graduate educational and employment opportunities. See page 52 of the Academic Calendar for information on internships.
A weekly seminar course for students in the Honours program. Students select a topic and begin working on a major empirical research project in Psychology. Seminars will provide students with a variety of practical, technical, and intellectual skills that are central to scientific research and to the development of their Honours thesis.
Students complete the major research project in Psychology that they began in PSY-495, which demonstrates their ability to formulate a research question, use existing theories and
methodologies, gather and analyze data, and formulate responsible conclusions.
The Psychology program does not have program-specific admission requirements.
Applicants from Ontario will be considered for general undergraduate admission based on the following requirements: