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Psychology (PS)

Sequence of completion:
The compulsory course must be completed prior to the optional courses. Students can take the other courses in the order they please.

COMPULSORY COURSES

PS1 Mental activity, learning and interaction
The course familiarises students with psychology as a science and its applications, as well as the nature of mental activity, including psychological, biological and social factors. Students learn the basics of learning and the related applications. They also learn the basics of social psychology, such as interaction, roles and norms, and they learn to see themselves as members of groups. Evaluated with a number grade.

NATIONWIDE SPECIALISATION COURSES

PS2 Human psychological development
The course helps students to understand the psychological, biological and social factors that form the basis for individual psychological development and the interdependencies between these factors, and makes them aware of the key theories of developmental psychology. The objective is to enable students to apply this knowledge to their own lives. Students also acquire knowledge of possible problems that may emerge in an individual's development and the methods used to study psychological development. Evaluated with a number grade.

PS3 Information processing and thinking
The course deals with basic cognitive processes, i.e. how human beings handle knowledge. The objective is to make students understand the basic structural and functional principles of the nervous system and the connections between these and basic cognitive functions. Evaluated with a number grade.

PS4 Motivation, emotions and control of activities
The course makes students acquainted with the motivational basis of human activity and the characteristics of cognitive processes and emotions. The core contents are: intelligence, expertise and creativity. Evaluated with a number grade.

PS5 Personality and mental health
Students are familiarised with different approaches to defining personality, research and the basic concepts used in personal psychology as well as the key theories related to personality. The course also handles the difficulties involved in defining mental health, mental disorders and methods of treating these. The objective is to help students to understand what mental well-being is. Evaluated with a number grade.

SCHOOL-BASED SPECIALISATION COURSES

PS6 An individual as a member of a group
The course discusses the basic concepts of social psychology and familiarises students with the laws underlying the ways of social influence. Besides, it provides the basic knowledge of the factors related to human relationships, such as: affection, helping, power, aggression, conflicts and relationships between groups. Evaluated with a number grade. A 4 will not count towards the 75 courses.

PS7 Revising psychology
Students revise the core contents of the upper secondary syllabus and, thus, get prepared for the matriculation exam. Evaluated with a number grade. A 4 will not count towards the 75 courses.

PS8 Core studies in psychology
On this course, 20 well-known psychological research projects are studied thoroughly. The course has been planned for students preparing for the A level exam, but it can also benefit those aiming at the Finnish matriculation exam or those planning to pursue further studies in psychology. Evaluated with a number grade. A 4 will not count towards the 75 courses.

PS9 Applied psychology
The objective of the course is to survey some of the more practical applications of psychology. The course focuses on the psychological fields of education, environment, health and organisations as well as clinical psychology, in particular. The course has been planned for students preparing for the A level exam, but it can also benefit those aiming at the Finnish matriculation exam or those planning to pursue further studies in psychology. Evaluated with a number grade. A 4 will not count towards the 75 courses.