Psychology 30 Advanced Placement (AP)

Course Description


The AP Psychology course is designed to introduce students to the systematic and scientific study of the behaviours and mental processes of human beings and other animals. Learners are exposed to the psychological facts, principles, and phenomena associated with each of the major subfields within psychology. Learners will analyze ethical issues and enduring psychological questions. Through this rigorous course, learners will develop critical thinking, reading, writing, and discussion skills, along with being able to apply psychological principles in their own lives.

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Credits Earned

Successful completion of this course will prepare you for the AP Psychology exam, to be written in May, and earn students the Psychology 20 and Psychology 30 high school credits. After the exam students may need to complete supplemental modules for topics not covered during the AP Exam preparations. If you attempt the AP Exam you will have an AP designation for Psychology 30 on your transcript; otherwise, you will receive the regular Psychology 30 credit. There is no AP designation for 20 level courses, so students will receive the regular Psychology 20 credit regardless of whether the exam is attempted or not.  Other important details about Advanced Placement  (AP) lie below the Course Description.  All students considering AP should read all of these details.

Course Costs:

If you are not registered with the Sun West School Division, or are 22 years of age or older, then this course will cost $1000 as there are two 100 hour credits associated.

Units of Study

  • History and Approaches
  • Research Methods
  • Biological Bases of Behaviour
  • Sensation and Perception
  • States of Consciousness
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Learning
  • Cognition
  • Motivation and Emotion
  • Personality
  • Testing and Individual Differences
  • Abnormal Behaviour
  • Treatment of Psychological Disorders
  • Social Psychology

Course Materials

Supplied by the DLC

E-text: Myers’ Psychology for AP. 2nd ed., Myers, D. G.

Obtained by Student

Scanner (a SMART phone will be sufficient – app. recommendations will be provided)

Suggested Career Pathways

  • Early childhood education
  • Human resources
  • Marketing and public relations
  • Policing and corrections
  • Social work
  • Nursing


None - Health Science 20 recommended

Delivery Method

Online Asynchronous/ Synchronous

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