Introduction to Psychology

Degree Program: Social Administration (2nd semester – elective)

Teaching hours: 3 per week

Course tutor: Nikolaos Tsergas, Lecturer


Subject and course description:

The course offers a general introduction to the science of psychology and major psychological theories, which contribute to the understanding of human behavior and personality.

Aspects of human functioning are considered in the context of studying perception, memory, language and learning, although emphasis is placed on individual differences and theories of personality development. This course is suitable for students who want to gain basic understanding of the history and current status of applied psychology. Topics also include a body of knowledge about research methods, motivation, emotion, psychopathology, therapy and social behavior.

Topical outline:

-The science of Psychology: introductory concepts

-History of psychology

-Scientific Research Methods

-The biological bases of behavior and the human development

-Learning: learning theories and models

-Cognitive functions: Perception, memory, language, intelligence

-Awareness, motivation, feelings

-Theories of personality development

-Society and human behavior

-Mental disorders and psychotherapy

Student Learning Outcomes

By the End of the Course, Students should be able to:

– understand basic concepts and terms of psychology

-determine the meaning, the discipline and the major branches of psychology

-know the methods of scientific research used in psychology

-describe the evolution and the most important theories of psychology

– understand and determine the process of human development and the fundamental cognitive functions (memory, perception, language, and intelligence)

-determine the meaning and types of mental disorders

– analyze behavior on the basis of different psychological theories

– develop a greater degree of self awareness and acceptance of self and others


1) Final written examination or

2) Final written examination in conjunction with a written paper

Required Texts

• Schacter, D., Gilbert, D. & Wegner, D., 2011. Ψυχολογία. Αθήνα:Γ.Δαρδανός και Σια

• Atkinson, R. L., κ.ά, 2003. Εισαγωγή στην ψυχολογία του Hilgard, τομ.Α. Αθήνα: Εκδόσεις Παπαζήση


• Banyard, P. & Grayson, A., 2000. Introducing Psychological Research.London: Palgrave

• Bοσνιάδου, Σ.,2003. Εισαγωγή στην Ψυχολογία. Αθήνα:Εκδόσεις Gutenberg.

• CassellsA.,1999. Μνήμη και λήθη. Αθήνα:ΕλληνικάΓράμματα

• Coolican, H.,1996.Introduction to Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology . London: Hodder &Stoughton

• Eysenck, M .,2005. Psychology: The Science of Mind and Behaviour.London: Hodder and Stoughton

• Φουκώ, Μ.,1990. Η Ιστορία της Τρέλας.Αθήνα:Ηριδανός

• Griggs,R.,2008.Psychology: A concise Introduction.N.York:Worth publishers

• Gross, R .,2001.Psychology: The Science of Mind and Behaviour.London: Hodder and Stoughton

• Hergenhahn,B.R.,2009.An Introduction to the History of psychology.Belmont, CA:Cengage Learning

• John, O. P. ,Robins, R.W. & Pervin , L. A., (eds.),2008. Handbook of personality: Theory and research. NewYork: GuilfordPress.

• Jones,Ε.,2003. Σίγκμουντ Φρόυντ: Η ζωή και το έργο του. Αθήνα: Ίνδικτος

• Καφετζόπουλος, Ε.,1995. Εγκέφαλος, Συνείδηση και Συμπεριφορά.Αθήνα:Εξάντας

• Kalat,J.W.,2007.Introduction to Psychology. Belmont, CA:Cengage Learning

• Μάνιου-Βακάλη, Μ.,1995. Μάθηση, μνήμη, λήθη.Θεσσαλονίκη: ArtofText.

• Lahey,B.B.,2001.Psychology:An Introduction.N.York: McGraw Hill.

• Lionel,N.,2009. Introduction to Psychology.CapeTown: Juta and company Ltd

• Myers,D.G.,2006.Psychology. N.York:Worth publishers

• Malim, T. & Birch, A. ,1998. Introductory Psychology.London:Palgrave

• Schultzm,D.P.&Schultz,S.E., 2011.A History of Modern Psychology.Belmont, CA: Cengage Learning.

• Weiten, W. & McCann, D. ,2010. Psychology: Themes and Variations (2nd Canadian Edition) .Toronto,Canada: Nelson Education

• Zimbardo,P.,Weber,A.L.&Johnson,R.L.,2003.Psychology:Core Concepts. Boston: Allyn and Bacon

Scientific Journals

• American Journal of Psychology

• American Psychologist

• Annual Review of Psychology

• Asian Journal of Social Psychology

• Australian Journal of Psychology

• British Journal of Psychology

• British Journal of Social Psychology

• British Journal of Clinical Psychology

• Current Directions in Psychological Science

• Canadian Psychology

• European Psychologist

• Psychological Medicine

• Review of General Psychology