Introduction To Psychology
Ideas and concepts from psychology influence the way we think about and interact with each other in the modern world. What we know today about human minds and behaviour is the result of extensive analysis and research stretching back to the early twentieth century and before. Its contribution to our everyday language and ideas means that a psychological perspective has become central to our thinking. Psychological discoveries shape many of our institutional practices, from criminal justice to educating our children, from managing emotional distress to social inclusiveness in our multicultural society. What is the nature of the psychological research and practice that underpins these ideas? In this course, key studies and clinical practice will be examined, debated and future directions explored. Scientific psychology remains under development it is a debate, not a fait accompli! Join us in contributing to that debate.
Who is this course for
This course is for anyone who is interested in the Science of Mind and Behaviour. No previous knowledge or experience is needed - just curiosity and an open mind!
What does this course cover
It will commence with a tour of the nature of the discipline, sampling its history and key debates. You are then invited to visit some of the main areas of research and practice in Psychology. At our first destination, we will navigate Biological approaches, including what we know about Brains, Minds & Mental Processes. Transferring to Cognitive Psychology, destinations can include Attention & Sensory Processing , Memory, Schemas, Affect, Language, Motivation, Learning & Intelligence. We will also examine the healing domain of Clinical Neuropsychology.
Next, we will take an excursion through the main applied areas of psychological research and practice, including Personality/ Individual Differences, Developmental Psychology, Social Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, and the Applications & Interventions informed by this scientific and clinical knowledge. Finally, we will ground this knowledge by examining what makes research reliable and valid; gaining an insight into how research in the discipline is conducted.
During the course, you are invited to nominate your own interests for shared discussion, and identify different pathways through Psychology.
What will it be like
This interactive course will include didactic teaching, small and large group discussion. Ideas and concepts will be explained and illustrated with research and case studies to make them accessible. Sometimes video clips will be used, especially to provide an insight into Psychology as a dynamic working discipline.
At the start: Self-assessment questionnaire.
On the course: Through small and large group discussion, related activities.
At the end: Through the Feedback session and self-assessment activities.
There is no formal test or examination at the end of this course. Feedback is designed to support your progress in this and future study.
What else do you need to buy or do
Active participation in class exercises and discussion is welcomed - it makes the experience richer for everyone! You can enrich and expand your learning experience by reading some of the material referenced for the course. Some of these sources will be available or discussed on accessible websites, others may be available from public libraries etc. Online booksellers can be a good source of academic books that are not always available in a general bookshop, and some stock reasonably priced second-hand copies.
What this course could lead to
There are a number of Psychology courses that you may be interested in attending at the Mary Ward Centre including, 'Introduction to Psychology' 'Psychology of Addiction' and 'Developmental Psychology'. Some previous students have gone on to study at a higher level e.g. at Birkbeck.
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This course has concessions available for people who meet certain criteria
Got a Question about this Course?
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Why choose Mary Ward?
Mary Ward Centre is the adult education centre with a difference. We provide a wide range of subjects for people at all levels and run courses during the day, evening and weekends to suit your timetable. You can learn face to face at one of our centres (Bloomsbury or Waterloo) or take an online course
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