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Psychology 11

Psychology 11 Course Overview

Big Ideas

We best understand human behaviour when viewed from three levels - the biological, cognitive, and social-cultural.

Our perception, thinking, memory, and attitudes all operate on two levels: conscious and unconscious.

The field of psychology supports thinking that examines assumptions, weighs evidence, and tests conclusions.

The field of neuroscience and the study of the brain can help us to understand why we sometimes behave as we do.

Studies in psychology respect a strict ethical code and can encompass both qualitative and quantitative research methods.


Psychology 11 is an introductory and interdisciplinary course that will allow students to learn about the social science of psychology, and how it will provide students with an opportunity to examine, study, and understand the various aspects of this field. Psychology is the study of mental processes, behaviour, and the relationship between the two. Mental processes in psychology refer to concepts such as learning, motivation, reasoning, and emotion. In other words, the study of psychology involves how humans think, feel, learn, interact, perceive, and understand whether individually, with others, or with the environment.

Throughout the course, students will learn about the behaviour of themselves and others, how to analyze it in an objective manner, and how to see that others differ depending on situation or context.

This course is primarily project based with Learning Guides to help students study the material. There are no exams.

Where does this course fit?

  • Pre-requisites: None
  • This Grade 11 course is also open to Grade 12 and 10 students
  • Graduation Status: Psychology 11 is a board approved course and counts as an elective credit in the graduation program

Course Materials

  • All resources are provided online.
  • There are notes, assignments, rubrics, links, videos, and other materials that will assist the student in their learning.

Brief Outline



Introduction to Psychology

  • Psychology as a Science and Evolution

Major Perspectives

  • Biological and Psychodynamic
  • Behaviourist and Humanist

Psychological Science

  • Psychological Science
  • Scientific Method
  • Research Design and Informed Consumers

Brains, Bodies, and Behaviours

  • Brain and Nervous System

Sensing and Perceiving

  • Sensing and Perceiving
  • Seeing; Hearing
  • Tasting, Smelling, and Touching

States of Consciousness

  • Consciousness and Dreaming
  • Psychoactive Drugs and Altering Consciousness

Growing and Developing

  • Prenatal, Childhood, and Adolescence
  • Adulthood and Late Adulthood

Final Project


  • Personal Theories of Development or Inquiry Research Project

Assessment Percentage Breakdown

Assessment Type

Percentage of the Course

StartUp Assignment


Learning Guides x 7


Unit Quizzes x 7


Unit Assignments x 7


Final Project


You have up to a year to complete your course.

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