This course provides a fairly in-depth introduction to academic psychology. We will look at theories and practical research in the areas of developmental psychology (cognitive and moral development), cognition (memory and forgetting) and social psychology (obedience, conformity, interpersonal attraction). It would be useful for further study eg. Access to Higher Education, for people working in care, education or counselling, or for general interest.
The course is an introduction to the academic study of psychology. It will start by introducing four approaches to psychology: behavioural, psychoanalytic, cognitive and biological. In each case, we shall look at how the approach is applied to a specific psychological topic such as learning, perception and stress. We shall then look at how research is conducted in psychology using experiments, observation and interview techniques. Finally, we shall explore three fields of psychology: developmental, cognitive and social and a series of topics associated with each:
· Piaget’s stages of cognitive development
· Learning Theory – classical and operant conditioning; social learning theory
· Memory and forgetting
· Interpersonal attraction.
In addition to psychology, the course will provide a good grounding in study skills which could be useful for further study.
The course does require a good command of English (normally Level 2 or GCSE). Assessment is through a series of written assignments including an essay and multi-choice test.
An initial assessment will be needed prior to joining the course, unless you have previously attended the Introduction to Psychology course.
If you are not sure about your level of writing skills, please ask and guidance will be given.
Pen, paper and a folder/document wallet.
The sessions will be largely tutor-led with plenty of opportunities for whole-group and small group discussion. Students will be expected to develop their knowledge with further reading and internet research between sessions.
Small tasks will be given as homework each week – these will either be shared with the group or marked by the tutor. The tutor will make it clear when a homework assignment is part of the assessment.
Further study - A Level Psychology, other Social Science subjects or Access to Higher Education. The course might also support progression to employment