Psychological Science & Society

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Credit: 3.0 units of USC credit

Prerequisites: None

Course Materials: A list of student materials required for each course,
as well as purchase options, will be provided by May 1st

Daily Schedule, Monday through Friday

AM Session(s) PM Session(s)
9:30 – 11:00 am Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) 4:00 – 5:00 pm Pacific Daylight Time (PDT)

Please note: In addition to assignments and independent work, all courses have a morning and afternoon live class session. For students
joining from overseas, faculty will provide recordings of certain classes that can be watched a-synchronously at a more convenient time.
Participation, attendance and expectations for the course will be provided by your instructor.


Why are people the way that they are? Why do they do things that they do? What can psychological science teach me about what it means to be human? What can it teach me about the world? How can I use this knowledge to construct a life worth living? And how can I use this knowledge to improve the lives of those around me? If these questions (especially the last two) keep you up at night, you have definitely chosen the right course. Over the next four weeks, you will delve into the fascinating world of psychology, learn how to think like a real scientist, get your creative juices flowing, apply this new knowledge to your own life, and develop skills and strategies that will help you excel in your future goals and in your endeavors of contributing to the scientific field and to society.


  • Gain a first-hand glimpse into the life of a psychological scientist by conducting your own independent research project
  • Experience some of the concepts we learn firsthand by participating in daily class activities such as meditation exercises, games, and psychological tests
  • Learn about different career paths and opportunities to further pursue research, psychology, clinical and social sciences

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Topic of Study

  • History of psychology and research methods
  • Cognition, intelligence, and learning
  • Personality
  • Mindsets and motivation
  • Values
  • Leadership
  • The mind-body connection
  • Narcotics
  • Social media and mental health
  • Games and therapy
  • Happiness
  • Relationships

I learned more in this course than an entire year back in school. This course not only taught me psychology, but also how I can use the skills to become a better person.

Victoria M., Brazil (Summer Programs 2020)