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Applications of Psychological Knowledge (Service Learning & Research)

Course Code: PSYC 3390
Faculty: Humanities & Social Sciences
Department: Psychology
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15
Learning Format: Seminar, Field Experience
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

This seminar-based course will expose students to the various areas in the workforce within which Psychology theory and research is applied. Students will gain experience and competence through service learning opportunities with community agencies or research organizations.

Course Content

  1. Service Learning Placement
  2. Relevant service-learning information (through seminar mode of instruction)
    • Service learning definitions and elements.
    • Community-based research.
    • How to locate and professionally contact an organization.
    • Ethical and professional behaviour (e.g. confidentiality, punctuality, etc.).
    • Types of agencies/organizations in psychology.
    • Expectations of service component.
    • Reflective writing for documenting student’s tasks, responsibilities, and learning experiences.

Methods of Instruction

The course will involve a completion of a minimum of 45 hours in a supervised service-learning placement as well as a once-per-week class.

Means of Assessment

The course evaluation will be in accordance with Douglas College and Psychology Department policies. Evaluations will be based on the course objectives. The specific evaluation criteria will be provided by the instructor at the beginning of the semester.

An example of a possible evaluation scheme would be:

Class Participation and Journal Reflections -- 10%

Site supervisor midterm and final evaluation -- combined 30%

Student presentation -- 20%

2 papers -- combined 40%

Total -- 100%

Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of the course the successful student will be able to:

  1. Acquire experience in working within organizations, and in groups, in a professional setting.
  2. Apply critical theory to practice in various fields of psychology.
  3. Engage in psychology-related work, research, or functions in the community.
  4. Create associations between service learning and academic learning.
  5. Describe the needs and operations of community organizations.
  6. Foster relationships with community partners, and establish professional networking contacts in the psychology field.
  7. Demonstrate effective accountability, and professional behaviour, dress, and communication in a work setting.
  8. Demonstrate an increased understanding of the real-world context of psychological principles.
  9. Create and refine oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
  10. Gain experience in self-evaluation through writing and professional feedback.

course prerequisites

Admission to the Bachelor of Arts in Applied Psychology Program or the Bachelor of Arts in Applied Psychology Honours Program


Courses listed here must be completed either prior to or simultaneously with this course:

  • No corequisite courses


Courses listed here are equivalent to this course and cannot be taken for further credit:

  • No equivalency courses

curriculum guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

course schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.