This introductory programme will look at the main classical ways of trying to understand the human mind and behaviour – from behaviourist attempts to apply lessons drawn from observing animal behaviour, through Freud’s psychoanalytic approach, to social learning and to modern identification of the stages of cognitive and moral development.
‘No man is an island’ - so we examine how we interact with others and what can turn an interaction either confrontational or harmonious and productive. We also explore how we may act and react differently in group situations, influenced by group pressures or maybe not. Finally, we will identify the factors, conscious and subconscious, that influence our choice of friends and partners, and why some relationships are successful and others not.
By the end of the course, we should be able to understand ourselves and others better, and to put this understanding to good effect.
You should be aged 19+.
There are no formal entry requirements for this experience.
Week 1 The Work of Psychologists
Week 2 Perspectives in Psychology
Week 3 Child Development
Week 4 Personality
Week 5 Motivations for Behaviour
Week 6 Interpersonal Interactions
Week 7 Friendships and Relationships
Week 8 Conclusions
At an introductory level, you will be taught by using a range of simple exercises that enable you to develop a new and more helpful sense of awareness.
You just need pen and paper or a laptop.
Further courses are to be announced.