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Introduction to Psychology


Admission requirements



Introduction to Psychology offers a representative and coherent overview of the entire discipline. It is representative because it constitutes a first acquaintance with the main currents and themes within psychology including neural, evolutionary, cognitive, social and developmental perspectives on human behavior. The Introduction introduces students to the different psychological sub-disciplines emphasizing their common elements.

Course Objectives

After completing Introduction to Psychology students are able to compare and contrast main theories and concepts in the field. Moreover, students can relate phenomena in everyday life to theories of human behavior and the mind, and, to key empirical studies in Psychology. Finally, students are able to explain how human behavior and the mind can be studied empirically.


Timetables for courses offered at Leiden University College in 2020-2021 will be published on this page of the e-Prospectus.

Mode of instruction

Combination of lectures and workgroup sessions where attendance of (online) class meetings is compulsory.

Assessment Method

Written examination (final exam) with multiple choice questions (30%)
Essay question 1 (10%)
Essay question 2 (10%)
Essay question 3 (10%)
Essay question 4 (10%)
Group assignment (20%)
Class attendance and participation in workgroup sessions (10%)

Reading list

  • Gray, P. & Bjorklund, D.F. (2018), Psychology (8th ed.). New York: Worth Publishers. ISBN-10: 1-319-15051-9. ISBN-13: 978-1-319-15051-8


Courses offered at Leiden University College (LUC) are usually only open to LUC students and LUC exchange students. Leiden University students who participate in one of the university’s Honours tracks or programmes may register for one LUC course, if availability permits. Registration is coordinated by the Education Coordinator,


Dr. Manon Mulckhuijse,


This course is highly reading-intensive. Students should be prepared to keep up with the coursework, as it will be hard to recover once they fall behind.