Psychology is the study of behaviour and its biological basis. It seeks to understand the behaviour of living organisms through scientific research and to use the accumulated knowledge to promote the welfare of humans. The Psychology Department has students from both the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Science pursuing degrees in Psychology, and also has students from the Faculty of Science pursuing a degree in Behavioural Neuroscience.
Students graduating in psychology have been successful in a variety of jobs including: HUMAN RESOURCE SPECIALIST • HEALTH EDUCATOR • YOUTH WORKER • MARKET RESEARCHER • PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER • SALESPERSON • ADVERTISING AGENT • FUNDRAISER • IMMIGRATION OFFICER • RESEARCH ASSISTANT • VOLUNTEER CO-ORDINATOR, AND • POLICY ANALYST.
Areas of Academic Study
Prior to their first work term, students complete two full years of course work. During this time, students in all programs are required to complete a two-semester overview of all of psychology as well as foundation courses on research methods, statistics, the underlying biology, and individual differences.
In Academic Terms 5 through 7, students take more advanced courses in individual areas of psychology, choosing from among the following: ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR • BEHAVIOURAL NEUROSCIENCE • CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY • COGNITION • DEVELOPMENTAL LEARNING • NEUROSCIENCE • PERCEPTION • SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY
Type of Work Assignments
Work assignments vary from unstructured situations where students work toward objectives and deadlines, to positions with tasks and procedures that are well defined. Co-operative education co-ordinators can advise in structuring work terms and job descriptions to meet both student and employer needs. Employers are encouraged to challenge students to optimize both learning opportunities and employer benefits.
To develop further skills in time and project management as well as communications, students are required to complete a work report that is evaluated by the university. While the report generally comprises a project selected by the student and approved by the employer, the employer may also assign the topic. It usually involves analysis of a practical, work related issue. The use of employer facilities and allocation of time to the student for the report is at the discretion of the employer. Specific steps can be taken to protect confidentiality where required.
|WORK TERM SCHEDULE|
|YEAR 1||AT 1||AT 2|
|YEAR 2||AT 3||AT 4||WT 1|
|YEAR 3||AT 5||AT 6||WT 2|
|YEAR 4||AT 7||WT 3|
|YEAR 5||AT 8|
|*AT = Academic Term; WT = Work Term|