Course: Introduction to psychology

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Course title Introduction to psychology
Course code KPP/OPK
Organizational form of instruction Lecture
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 6
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements Course does not contain work placement
Recommended optional programme components None
Course availability The course is available to visiting students
  • Kiryková Simona, PhDr. Mgr. Ph.D.
  • Nišponská Magda, PhDr. Ph.D.
  • Jedlička Richard, doc. PhDr. Ph.D.
  • Josífková Jitka, PhDr. Ph.D.
Course content
1. Psychology as a social science. Approaches and their view on human psychics. Contemporary psychological disciplines and their methods. 2. Phylogenesis - development of human psychics - onthogenesis. Determination of human mind - biological, socio-cultural, inner and outer. 3. Onthogenesis. Development, developmental changes. Stages of personality developments. Acceleration, lines of development, critical points. 4. Mind. Dimensions of mind, consciousness, mental processes and states. Psychology of personality - structure of mind. 5. Motivational part of personality. Motivation, goals. Needs, greeds, interests, aspiration; Maslow's hierarchy of needs. 6. Emotional part of personality. Types and features of emotions. Dynamics and typology of personality.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Monological explanation (lecture, presentation,briefing)
  • Class attendance - 112 hours per semester
  • Preparation for exam - 28 hours per semester
  • Home preparation for classes - 40 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
The subject deals with basic ideas of general and developmental psychology.
After completion of the subject student will be able 1. to understand the content of prescribed curriculum of General Psychology 2. to reflect the topic critically 3. to demonstrate specific intellectual skills gained in a course in writing of a semestral theses 4. to apply gained knowledge in educational process 5. to be motivated for continuous learning in the field
Student has basic knowledge of general psychology. .

Assessment methods and criteria
Combined examination

Study objectives: 1. active participation on the lecture 2. participants will perform all given tasks 3. reading of relevant academic texts 4. writing a semestral academic paper 5. successful accomplishment of institutional objectives of the course - attainment above the minimum requirements for the award of credit
Recommended literature
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  • COLLINOVÁ, C., et al. Kniha psychologie. Praha: Knižní klub, 2014. ISBN 978-80-242-4316-0.
  • CUMMINSOVÁ, D.D. Záhady experimentální psychologie : co psychologové zjistili o myšlení, citech a chování člověka. 2. vyd. Praha: Portál, 2006..
  • ČERNOUŠEK, M. Sigmund Freud : dobyvatel nevědomí. Praha: Paseka, 1996..
  • DRAPELA, V. J. Přehled teorií osobnosti. Praha: Portál, 2003. ISBN 80-7178-766-3.
  • FRANKL, V. E. Vůle ke smyslu. Brno: Cesta, 1997..
  • HARTL, P., HARTLOVÁ, H. Psychologický slovník . Portál, Praha 2000.
  • HELUS, Z. Osobnost a její vývoj. 2.vyd. Praha: Univerzita Karlova - Pedagogická fakulta, 2009..
  • HELUS, Z. Úvod do psychologie. Praha: Grada, 2011. ISBN 978-80-247-3037-0.
  • HILL, G. Moderní psychologie: hlavní oblasti současného studia lidské psychiky. Praha: Portál, 2004. ISBN 80-7178-641-1.
  • HONZÁK R. a kol. Základy psychologie. Praha: Galén, 2006..
  • JUNG, C. G. Analytická psychologie, její teorie a praxe. Praha: Academia, 1992..
  • KERN, H. a kol. Přehled psychologie, Praha: Portál, 1999..
  • MASLOW, A. H. O psychologii bytí. Praha: Portál, 2014. ISBN 978-80-262-0618-7.
  • MÜLLER, L. - MÜLLER, A. Slovník analytické psychologie. Praha: Portál, 2006..
  • NAKONEČNÝ, M. Úvod do psychologie. Praha : Academia, 2003..
  • NAKONEČNÝ, M. Základy psychologie. Praha: Academia, 2004. ISBN 80-200-0689-3.
  • PIAGET, J. Psychologie inteligence. Praha: Portál, 1999..
  • PLHÁKOVÁ, A. Dějiny psychologie. Praha: Grada, 2006. ISBN 80-247-0871-X.
  • PLHÁKOVÁ, A. Učebnice obecné psychologie. Praha: Academia, 2005. ISBN 978-80-200-1499-3.
  • ROGERS, C. R. Způsob bytí. Praha: Portál, 2014. ISBN 978-80-262-0597-5.
  • RYCROFT, CH. Kritický slovník psychoanalýzy. Praha: Psychoanalytické nakladatelství, 1993..
  • ŘÍČAN, P. Psychologie, Praha: Portál, 2005..
  • SHEEHY, N. Encyklopedie nejvýznamnějších psychologů. Brno: Barrister & Principal, 2005..
  • WATZLAWICK, P. Úvod do neštěstí. Praha: Portál, 2010. ISBN 978-80-7367-675-9.
  • WATZLAWICK, P. Všechno dobré je k něčemu zlé. Praha: Portál, 2015. ISBN 978-80-262-0814-3.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Category of Branch/Specialization Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty: Faculty of Science, Humanities and Education Study plan (Version): Education in Leisure Time (20) Category: Pedagogy, teacher training and social care 1 Recommended year of study:1, Recommended semester: Winter