(More) Psychology for Beginners

Ref: C2344013

In this beginners' course, we will discuss a range of key ideas from recent psychology that can help us to make sense of what it is to be a person - including the way we think, feel and behave and how we can challenge 'folk' psychology (or what your granny told you) and other commonly held 'explanations’ - that often contradict our experiences and understanding of ourselves and others. A well as adding and developing ideas from psychology to your existing understandings, we will explore how wider social issues impact on who and what we are (and our well-being) both individually and collectively and we will consider those particular topics (some of your choosing) that could help you to deal with some everyday challenges that face us today. Understanding the basic processes of psychology, offers ways to become more confident about yourself, how to better manage change and much much, more - so join us for an informal and interesting course that could change your life!

Course aim

The psychology of what makes people 'tick' can be very confusing. Join the class to help make sense of yourself and other people, as we explore the social issues of growing up and managing the roles and relationships of everyday life - and more!

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • You will need your own personal email address so that you’re able to login to the WEA’s digital learning platform: WEA Canvas. You will need to be able to understand how to follow URL links to pages on the internet. If you want to understand more about Canvas please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • You will need to be able to follow links to join our WEA live video learning platform: WEA Zoom. If you’d like to understand more about our video learning platform, Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline and http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • This course is for a group of around 15 students studying in a live video-learning platform conference and an online digital learning environment platform from the comfort of your own home.
  • No skills or experience needed
  • 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 we think, feel and behave the way we do.
  • Explain how basic psychological processes work in our lives (gaining and maintaining a sense of Self and Identity, roles, relationships, growing up/older etc)
  • Explore wider social issues and how these affect people personally and socially and impact on everyday life
  • Discuss how to be confident about managing everyday situations for better well-being
  • Use ideas acquired to make plans for future positive changes

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas will be used to provide resources or to support lessons, enable assessment, provide learner feedback and for other activities for individuals away from the course. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • 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
  • The tutor will be able to advise/suggest reading for those interested and will supply notes for each session as a record and for raising any questions etc. you might have.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will be able to keep a record of your progress and achievement using photos, audio, text or documents uploaded into the WEA’s digital learning platform, WEA Canvas.
  • Your tutor will provide written, text and audio feedback recorded in WEA Canvas, WEA’s digital learning platform.
  • You will be able to keep a digital portfolio of your work on WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas.
  • 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

What else do I need to know?

  • What you need: You will need an internet connection, speakers, a microphone and a webcam so that you can use our video learning platform, Zoom. If you’d like to understand more Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • You will need a personal email address to join the WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas so that you can receive resources, record your progress and achievement and to work with others and share ideas. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • The tutor will be able to advise/suggest reading for those interested and will supply notes for each session as a record and for raising any questions etc. you might have.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • You will have access to course resources and links to wider learning through the WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • 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

(More) 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 enrol. Please check the details below to ensure you meet the basic eligibility critiera:

  • 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 2020
  • 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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