Basic Psychology is an introduction to the major areas of the field; psychology is viewed as a biosocial science of behavior, and emphasis is placed on the scientific basis of our current understanding of behavior.

The course investigates major contemporary and historical theories of personality and its formation. Different viewpoints about the nature and functioning of personality are compared and evaluated, including the trait, biological, psychodynamic, phenomenological (including existential and humanistic), behavioral/social learning, and cognitive perspectives .