Women & Psychology for Beginners

Ref: C2341078

What can psychology do for women? As women's psychology is often portrayed in negative ways, we'll discuss how to challenge this and explore other (more positive and useful) ideas that 'explain' our behaviour, the way we think and feel and develop a sense of self and identity. This course will draw on key ideas from recent psychology, to help us make sense of the many confusing ideas about women - especially those put forward in the media or as 'folk' psychology (for example the reasons for sex and gender difference). Through reflecting on your own experiences of psychological issues, we will explore ways to take account of the wider social issues (such as sexist stereotyping, myths and stories about growing up, love and forming relationships etc) that have impact on our well-being, individually and collectively. This is a course that will change your mind about just what makes women 'tick' and place in society!

Course aim

The psychology of what it means to be a woman, can be confusing! This beginners’ class will help you to make sense of your self-identity, explore wider gender roles and issues and how to deal with the everyday challenges that face women today.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • This course is for women only as it is held in a women's centre

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

  • Identify key ideas from recent psychology that can help us to understand what it is to be a woman: how we behave, think, feel and acquire a sense of gendered identity.
  • Use new knowledge to see how wider social / political issues affect the psychology of women (individually and collectively) that impacts on well-being in many aspects of everyday life.
  • Identify how to better 'manage' multiple roles and relationships as we attempt to present our selves as 'acceptable' throughout life's 'stages and ages' .
  • Recognise how stories, old myths and media representations/ portrayals of women, maintain popular ideas about the psychology of gender /sex difference that contributes to gender inequality.
  • Use arguments that support positive views about women's psychology and counter negative assumptions, attitudes and prejudices

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
  • You will be encouraged to bring into class articles from newspapers, magazines etc that you've come across to share and discuss.

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
  • Students are encouraged to think about and identify their own individual learning outcomes so that they can apply their learning to their own lives and understand ideas introduced and discussed in the light of their own experiences.

What else do I need to know?

  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next

Download full course information sheet

Women & Psychology for Beginners


As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

Not sure or have further questions? Contact courseenquiries@wea.org.uk

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