THE COURSE

Psychology 101 is offered every semester at Duke and is taken by 400-500 students each year. Duke’s Psychology 101 is designed for students who may major or minor in psychology and has also been carefully crafted to be an important course in any undergraduate’s career.

See the syllabus.

In the course, students develop skills to generate, evaluate, and communicate scientific research by completing a Research and Writing Project. In this multi-phase project, students:

1) Find and evaluate psychological research on a topic of interest.

2) Develop a new idea for research including—if they choose—a research idea that applies psychology insights to a problem they care about.

3) Think collaboratively by offering constructive feedback on the research ideas of their peers.

4) Incorporate others’ feedback and revise their own work.

See the guidelines for the Research and Writing Project.

Psych 101 students apply theories from developmental psychology to toy design in their weekly lab section.

In addition to attending twice-weekly lectures, students take part in a weekly lab section, in which they dive deeper into specific topics in a hands-on way. The lab sections are led by the Costanzo Teaching Fellows, carefully selected undergraduates who receive teaching training throughout the year and form an integral part of the Psych 101 teaching team. Our Teaching Fellows are highly effective. More than 85% of students in Psychology 101 rated their Teaching Fellow as “Excellent” and 91% report being satisfied (with 60% extremely satisfied) with their weekly discussion sections.