Introduction to Psychology

This course is part of the UBC Future Global Leaders Online program for high school students ages 15–18.

Psychology is the scientific study of mind and behaviour. It explores the intricacies of the human mind, and seeks to understand how people think, act and feel. Psychology has many sub-disciplines, including behavioural, clinical, cognitive, developmental, health, sports, organizational, social and personality psychology. Not only is it one of the fastest-growing professions, it’s also among the most popular undergraduate majors at UBC and other universities.

This course is an ideal choice if you’re thinking about majoring in psychology or planning to take a psychology course at university. It’s also an excellent choice for students interested in the social sciences, applied sciences or medicine.

KYLE GOODERHAM is a PhD student at the Attentional Neuroscience Laboratory in the Department of Psychology at the University of British Columbia. He works to understand how lifestyle behaviours affect cognition, and how those relationships can be leveraged in support of public health. Kyle is the co-host of Brain Buzz, a podcast that makes research fun, accessible and engaging for everyone.

Course Format

This course is 100% online and instructor supported with real-time classes.

During the course you’re online for two hours a week attending a live, virtual class. You can log on from wherever you are. Class times are in the Pacific Time Zone (Vancouver, BC, Canada) and vary by session.

Instructors also hold office hours one hour each week. You can drop in and ask your instructor questions about the course or about university life in general.

In addition to the live virtual classes and office hours, you can expect to spend 1-2 hours per week reading, researching and participating in discussion boards.

All UBC Future Global Leaders students have access to the online Virtual Student Lounge where they can hang out and develop friendships with students from across Canada and around the world.

Learning Technology
We use Canvas, an intuitive and easy-to-use web-based learning application. You will receive instructions to access this application two business days before your first class.

UBC Extended Learning suggests that you have the following technology and expertise in order to keep up with the program and complete assignments online:

  • access to a computer using Windows or Mac OS
  • a reliable internet connection. a computer operating system that meets the following minimum specifications:
    • Windows XP SP2 Home/Pro
    • Mac OS X 10.4

You can also use your IOS or Android mobile device by downloading the Canvas App in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.

After you register, you are directed to create an account. If you are a parent, guardian or other adult registering, please create the account in the name of the high school student attending UBC Future Global Leaders, not in your name.

Available Sessions

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Jan 29, 2022-Apr 2, 2022 | Online | $850.00

Format: Online, Instructor Supported with Real-time Classes
Code: SO301W22O
Offered: On Sat
Jan 29, 2022-Apr 2, 2022
10 sessions
10:00 AM-12:00 PM Pacific Time


Fees / Tuition

Type Fee Tax Total
$850.00 $42.50 $892.50