In this course, students will develop an understanding of psychology as an empirical science and then look at the major subfields that are within psychology. They will be introduced to the major parts of the brain and nervous system and how changes in those systems can affect behavior. Students will also study sleep, dreams, and sleep disorders. Students will assess the difficulty in diagnosing abnormal behavior and the different classifications of mental disorders. Students will analyze case studies to see how society and culture influence the individual while also examining learning and memory. Students will use reading and writing strategies to research and actively engage in the evaluation, analysis, and synthesis of psychological issues (One credit, one-year elective for grades 10-12).