More Women & Psychology for Beginners

Ref: C2341584

Recent psychology offers many positive and useful ways to make sense of what it is to be a woman -the ways we think, feel and behave and how we can challenge the often negative media and 'folk' psychology stereotypes and myths. By reflecting on our experiences, we will discuss the process of growing up, how we develop a sense of gendered self identity, form relationships and deal with the wider social issues that impact on our well-being individually and collectively. One theme will be to review 'common-sense' perspectives and even some 'scientific explanations' (eg of sex differences) that dominate notions of so many aspects of womanhood and indeed how we 'tell' our own stories, can hinder our abilities to thrive rather than just survive! This beginners course also aims to build confidence through understanding the basics of psychology and also to help in 'finding a voice', to be able to talk about and manage change in our everyday lives - and much much, more!

Course aim

This course introduces/ explores key ideas/issues in psychology to help make sense of the many confusions about what it is to be a woman that challenge our daily lives and offers positive/ useful ways to understand ourselves and our place in society.

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 psychology that can help us to understand how women behave, think and feel the way we do - and have a clearer understanding of where and how confusions occur
  • Understand how psychological processes work in particular aspects of women's lives ( gender, roles, relationships, growing up/older etc)
  • Use the new knowledge to increase awareness about wider gendered /sex issues for women and how these affect people personally and socially and impact on everyday life
  • Be confident about using arguments learned, that support positive views about women's psychology and counter eg negative media representations of women
  • Develop your own 'life story' and sense of self, in the context of your community and wider society, to plan and manage changes in your life.

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
  • A file of work will be kept which will help to record your progress
  • 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?

  • 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
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here

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More Women & Psychology for Beginners

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  • 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

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