This course is an exploration into the fascinating subject of Psychology. Students will cover a broad range of subjects, presented in an engaging and interactive format. Psychology is a diverse discipline in its own right but draws on ideas from Biology, Economics, Statistics, Philosophy and others. In our 10 weeks we will consider the different paradigms used to study human behaviour, from Freud through to Positive Psychology.
Psychology: the science of the mind and behaviour -how do we remember things? Why do we forget? Are there things we see differently from others? Some answers to these questions, from a Cognitive and Personality perspective, will be addressed. We will consider how these have effects on real-world behaviour.
We will look at memory and its multiplicity of processes -and how this affects what we remember. Other themes include aspects of Child development: language, mimicry and modelling; Social psychology and group behaviour; Personality theories, and how and why our personalities have direct effects on behaviour.
We will consider Cognition from several perspectives: early language development, remembering as an active process, information processing, and Intelligence. We will consider how each of these themes relate to behaviour and consider some real world effects such as aging.
We will also explore the new topic of Positive Psychology: its origins in Learning theory and its incredible positive impact on modern Psychological practice.
This course is intended for the curious, and explores the different perspectives that Psychology offers as insight into our own thoughts and behaviours. Students should expect to engage, and be challenged!