Women & Psychology for Beginners

Ref: C2342764

The psychology of what it means to be a woman, can be confusing! Women are often portrayed negatively in the media (films, magazines and so on), and there are conflicting ideas about what makes us think, feel and behave the way we do - and how we 'compare' to men. So, this beginners’ course will introduce some key ideas from recent psychology about a range of issues: how we grow up to develop a sense of who and what we are (nature or nurture?), our roles and relationships (what we do in the name of love?) and much more. Through class discussion and reflection on our shared experiences, we can also explore wider social issues - such as stereotyping, prejudice and other attitudes, myths and stories about growing up, work etc that can impact on our well-being individually and collectively. Join us to better understand and face the challenges - it might change your life!

Course aim

This women-only course offers insights from recent psychology, to help make sense of the many confusing ideas about women -especially those put forward in the media or as 'folk' psychology- and improve our everyday lives and wellbeing.

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:

  • 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 Identify key ideas from psychology about how we behave, think and feel the way we do - with a clear understanding of where and how confusions occur
  • Discuss how social, biological and other processes (nature/ nurture /other) work at different stages of growing up/older and their impact on women
  • Summarise the effects of the 'presentation of self' in social interactions and of being 'looked at' - has on women's lives
  • Recognise how attitudes/ prejudices/ discrimination about women develop, intersect and persist
  • Use the new knowledge to increase awareness about and how to address wider gender issues for women -personally and socially- in everyday

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 keep a file/ folio with notes from the classes and your own 'finds' - for further study or future reference.

What else do I need to know?

  • All materials will be provided
  • Handouts will be provided each week with summary notes and exercises etc and suitable reading for those who want to follow up on ideas will also be offered.

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 http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next

Download full course information sheet

Women & 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

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

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