Psychology: The Brain and Behaviour

Ref: C2338102

This course will look at both current and historical research in this area. It will start with the meaning and practicalities of diagnosis within a mental health context. It will look specifically at brain and genetic research in this area to give that brain behaviour link. It will also look at support in terms of what is available and what aspergers and high functioning autistics and their parents would like to be available. This is a big area and it will try to be student led and allow exploration of student interests.

Course aim

The aim of this course is for participants to gain an understanding of autism, its diagnosis, its causes, its support and its positives. This will be particularly considered in relation to High Functioning Autism and Asperger's Syndrome.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Understand biological research in this area.
  • Understand psychological research in this area..
  • Be able to suggest and criticise research methods and findings.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions
  • There will be a number of tasks appropriate to your course such as written work, creating art or craft, video, photography or small projects. Some of these may be marked to help you progress

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • All materials will be provided
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

Download full course outline

Psychology: The Brain and Behaviour Course Outline

Enrolment Conditions

You can enrol online if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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