Psychology of Adjustment


  2. A. Course Title: Psychology of Adjustment
    B. Course Number: PS 213A - 10346
    C. Semester: Spring 2019
    D. Days/Time: Online
    E. Credit Hours: 3
    F. Instructor: Ferguson, Stephanie
    G. Office: C.M. Burke University Center (UC) 228
    H. Email Address:
    I. Office Phone: (575) 492-2643
    J. Office Hours: I am on campus Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. However, to insure an office appointment, please call or email for availability.
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s):
    M. Corequisite(s):
    N. Class Location: Virtual

    This course surveys the responses people have to conflict, stress, and frustration. Emphasis is placed on methods of adaptation, adjustment and coping with range of response from normal to abnormal. This is a three credit hour course.


    This course is beneficial to students in that it allows them the opportunity to examine their roles in their personal lives and in their social environments. It is the responsibility of students who plan to transfer to another institution to



    I Never Know I Had a Choice: Explorations in Personal Growth
    By: Corey, Corey, & Muratori
    11th Edition
    ISBN-13: 978-1305945722


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    Exams 30%
    Quizzes 20%
    Discussions 20%

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    New Mexico Junior College’s institutional student learning outcomes represent the knowledge and abilities developed by students attending New Mexico Junior College. Upon completion students should achieve the following learning outcomes along with specific curriculum outcomes for respective areas of study:


    New Mexico Junior College's Social/Behavioral Sciences Department endorses the core competencies as established by the State of New Mexico. Within our respective fields, as appropriate, students should

    A. Identify, describe, and explain human behaviors and how they are influenced by social structures, institutions, and processes within the contexts of complex and diverse communities. (CT)

    B. Articulate how beliefs, assumptions, and values are influenced by factors such as politics, geography, economics, culture, biology, history, and social institutions. (CM)

    C. Describe ongoing reciprocal interactions among self, society, and the environment. (PS)

    D. Apply the knowledge base of the social and behavioral sciences to identify, describe, explain, and critically evaluate issues, ethical dilemmas, and arguments. (CT)

    Selected specific competencies will be used to demonstrate mastery of the above.


    Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
    1. Discuss the Humanistic approach to Personal Growth.
    2. Define and discuss the concepts of adjustment, choice, and change.
    3. Discuss Maslow’s Self-Actualization Theory.
    4. Discuss Multiple Intelligences and Multiple Learning Styles.
    5. Discuss Erikson’s Psychosocial Theory of Development.
    6. Define and discuss Ego-defense mechanisms.
    7. Discuss Ellis’ Rational emotive behavior therapy.
    8. List and discuss the stages of adulthood.
    9. Discuss strategies for learning to love and appreciate ourselves and others.
    10. Discuss wellness and life choices.
    11. Describe how individuals develop relationships and list and discuss the barriers that can prevent relationships from developing.
    12. Describe the development of gender roles in throughout our lives.
    13. Discuss sexuality and intimacy.
    14. Describe common misconceptions about sexuality and discuss how these misconceptions can impact views on sexuality.
    15. List and discuss sexually transmitted diseases.
    16. Discuss sexual abuse and harassment.
    17. Discuss the factors and processes of career choice.
    18. Define and recognize the impact of stereotypes, prejudice, discrimination, and racism on individuals and society.
    19. Discuss loneliness and solitude.
    20. List and describe the concepts of loss, bereavement, grief, and mourning.
    21. Describe the process of dying, the stages that an individual might experience and the tasks that individuals deal with as they are dying.
    22. List and describe the stages of grief.
    23. Discuss the major sources of stress and effective strategies in managing stress.
    24. Define stress and discuss methods for reducing stress drugs.
    25. Discuss pathways to self-exploration.


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    Psychology of Adjustment

    Semester Outline:

    Week 1: Chapter 1 - Introduction

    Week 2 : Chapter 2 - Childhood & Adolescence

    Week 3: Chapter 3 - Adulthood & Autonomy

    Week 4: Chapter 4 - Your Body & Wellness

    Week 5: Chapter 5 - Managing Stress

    Week 6: Chapter 6 - Love

    Week 7: Chapter 7 - Relationships

    Week 8: MIDTERM EXAM

    Week 9: Chapter 8 - Becoming

    Week 10: Chapter 9 - Sexuality


    Week 11: Chapter 10 - Work & Recreation

    Week 12: Chapter 11 - Loneliness & Solitude

    Week 13: Chapter 12 - Death & Loss

    Week 14: Chapter 13 - Meaning & Values

    Week 15: Review for Final Exam

    Week 16: Final Exam