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Introduction to Psychology


Admission requirements



The course Introduction to Psychology offers a representative and coherent overview of the entire discipline. It constitutes a first acquaintance with the main past and current themes within psychology including neural, evolutionary, cognitive, social and developmental perspectives on human behaviour. The course introduces students to the different psychological sub-disciplines emphasising 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 behaviour and the mind, and, to key empirical studies in Psychology. Finally, students are able to explain how human behaviour and the mind can be studied empirically.


Timetables for courses offered at Leiden University College in 2021-2022 will be published on this page of the e-Prospectus.

Mode of instruction

Combination of lectures and workgroup sessions where attendance of 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


This course is open to LUC students and LUC exchange students. Registration is coordinated by the Education Coordinator. Interested non-LUC students should contact


Dr. Sebo Uithol
Dr. David Vogelsang


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.