Psychology for Beginners

Ref: C2342755

Psychology can be confusing - especially those ideas are put forward in the media or as 'folk' psychology! This course will help you to make sense of some key ideas about yourself and others and explore the wider issues that face us in our everyday lives. Through class discussions and reflecting on your own experiences, we will explore key ways to understand how we think, feel and behave as we interact with others - and just how it is that we pick up notions of our sense of (gendered) self from family and friends as we grow up and develop the roles and relationships that makes who and what we are and our place in society. We will consider how we our senses, emotions and attitudes interact and a bit about how the brain and biology is involved in our psychological functioning. This is beginners course that will change your life!

Course aim

This course will introduce ideas from recent psychology to help you to make sense of some of the confusing ideas about what makes us ‘tick’ and to develop a better understanding of yourself and others in everyday life.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Recognise key ideas about how basic psychological processes work that help us understand how people behave, think and feel the way we do - as men and women
  • Identify at least three different ways to explain life's 'stages and ages' and being ‘normal’ or 'average' as we grow up/older etc including the idea of nature v nurture
  • Explore how we see (perceive) think, reason, believe and 'understand' the world interact and how emotion is involved
  • Develop your understanding of the 'sense of self' and our social identities - including stereotypes and prejudiced attitudes
  • Use ideas about how humans 'tell stories' to make sense of our lives, and to explore what this implies for our well-being.

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. I can suggest suitable reading for those who want to follow up on ideas or check out aspects you are interested in pursuing further.

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 keep a file of work/ portfolio including notes or handouts so that you can ask follow up questions and have suggestions for reading etc.

What else do I need to know?

  • All materials will be provided
  • Handouts will be provided at each session - covering the topics discussed and with suggestions for links to materials you might like to access

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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Psychology for Beginners

Enrolment Conditions

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 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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