ASOC. PROF. LUDMILLA ANDREEVA, PH.D.
A distance-learning course
The Introduction to Psychology course has three main objectives: (1) to provide accurate, efficient and broad presentation of the field of psychology, to introduce learners to the theories, research and applications that build the science of psychology, (2) to provide an incentive for learners to start thinking as psychologists even after the actual content of the course has faded and to promote better understanding and appreciation of the basis of psychology, (3) to arouse the intellectual curiosity of learners and to help raise the awareness of how psychology can enhance their understanding of the world around them and their everyday interpersonal relationships. Of course, these goals are interdependent, because if the course content accurately represents the nature of psychology, learners' understanding and interest in the field will follow naturally. The aim is each topic to include the fundamental authors, research studies, and research results so that learners could appreciate and understand the everyday relevance of psychology and its potential to improve the quality of their lives. The aim is learners be exposed to the content - and promise - of psychology but also this to be done in a way that will trigger their interest in the area and, hopefully, will keep it alive.