An Introduction to Psychology:Understanding Yourself and Others
Start date: 21st Sep 2021
Time: 19:00 - 21:00
Duration: 10 weeks
Tutor: Keith Rice
Course code: 22AU115
“Really enjoyed the class. Keith has good examples, modern comparisons and effective ways of getting the information and message across” - Rebecca Pilkington, learner, March 2018
This course aims to
Introduce Learners to a number of areas in Psychology, including: -
- the concept of ‘self’
- beliefs, values, motivation and morality
- gender differences and their impact on male-female relationships
- how children develop psychologically and the critical importance of attachments
It is for
Anyone interested in finding more out about themselves and others and/or those considering academic study in Psychology and the behavioural sciences
For the first session students will need
- An open and curious mind
- Willingness to participate in activities and exercises
Additionally, it would be helpful if Learners brought along a low level ‘people issue’ that they can hang their learning on – eg: Why does my boss ask for that? Why does my teenage child do this?
- Learners should bring along a folder/binder they can keep their handouts in
- Learners should bring along a notepad they can make additional notes on
By the end of the course Learners should be able to
- Apply psychological concepts and understanding to benefit themselves and their relationships
- Understand enough about Psychology as an academic discipline to assess whether they wish to study it further
The course will cover
- What Psychology is, what it is not and how it can be applied to ‘real life’
- The nature of beliefs, how they change and how they can be manipulated
- A psychological understanding of ‘self’
- How ‘self’ develops – the impact of parents, teachers, friends & relations and experience
- Identity – who am I and how many identities do I have?
- Motivation – the importance of values and context in changing motivations
- Temperament – what is it and can it be measured?
- How temperament is reflected in body language
- Can temperament change through learning and conditioning?
- The relationships between temperament and motivation – how they can work together and how they can bring you to disaster
- The formation of beliefs – how motivation and experience shape patterns of belief formation
- How beliefs build up into governing ‘frames of reference’ which shape our approach to life
- Gender – how different are men and women really from a biological point of view?
- How we socially construct gender
- Children and the importance of attachments
- How early attachments can influence the way you develop throughout your entire life
- How children’s morals develop
- Morality and motivation – the connection
- Bringing it altogether – summarising learning from the course and giving it a structure
- Ideas for exploring Psychology further
Note #1: As the course builds understanding cumulatively, learners should attempt to attend all sessions and catch up if they should miss one.
Note #2: ‘Homeplay’ mini-tasks will be given on some sessions to apply and consolidate the learning.
“Great course, interactive. I think that the content is what is required, well-structured and easy to understand. It really makes you think about things you may have never considered before. You are a great trainer!!” – Jayne Tooke, learner, March 2018
To view other comments from previous participants in Keith’s training sessions, go to http://www.integratedsociopsychology.net/services/training/course-quotes/