Psychology topics #1: Romantic Relationships and Mental Health
Start date: 15th Jan 2020
Time: 19:00 - 21:00
Duration: 10 weeks
Tutor: Keith Rice
Course code: 20SP96
This course aims to
• Build on the introductory course, ‘Knowing Yourself & Others: an Introduction to Psychology’*
• Provide an academically-robust, more in-depth approach to key topic areas
• Create enjoyable learning experiences and foster a love of learning
• Stimulate students to explore areas that interest them in even greater depth
It is for
• Anyone interested Psychology who wants to explore their specific interest in one or both of the topics under discussion
• Anyone wanting generally to build their knowledge of Psychology
*Note: it will help if you have participated in the introductory course or otherwise developed a basic knowledge of Psychology. However, there will be recaps at various points in the course and additional study materials provided to enable those with little prior knowledge of Psychology to catch up.
For all sessions students will need
• An open and curious mind
• Willingness to participate in questionnaires, activities and exercises
Note: both topic areas can touch upon sensitive issues. Workshop participants will not need to divulge any information of a sensitive or confidential nature.
• 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
• Feel equipped to study the specific topic areas in greater detail if they wish
• Be generally more confident in applying psychological concepts in general
Give brief details of the proposed topics to be covered each week
Week1 - Introductory
• Introduction to pertinent psychological concepts - including appropriate recap of the introductory course
Week2 – Romantic Relationships #1
• Women for men
• Men for women
• What is love?
(Note: relationships considered in these sessions are heterosexual. As yet, there is too little validated psychological research into homosexual relationships to discuss them in this context.)
Week3 – Romantic Relationships #2
• Why do we have long-term romantic relationships?
• The economic approach to romantic relationships
• The communal approach to romantic relationships
Week4 – Romantic Relationships #3
• Do parenting and childhood experiences affect our capacity to sustain mutually-satisfying long-term relationships?
• Strategies for getting rid of emotional ‘bag & baggage’
Week5 – Romantic Relationships #4
• How do we rescue romantic relationships in trouble?
• Why and how do romantic relationships break up?
Week6 – Mental Health #1
• How to define mental health problems
• Cultural determinants of mental health classifications
• The difference between neurosis and psychosis
Week7 – Mental Health #2: Neurotic Disorders
• Phobias – their causes
• Phobias – Systematic Desensitisation as a treatment
• Obsessive Compulsive Disorders – causes
• OCD – drug therapy or talking therapy
Week8 - Mental Health #3: Schizophrenia #1
• Schizophrenia – symptoms and problems in diagnosis
• Understanding the world of the schizophrenic
• Biological factors in Schizophrenia
Week9 - Mental Health #4: Schizophrenia #2
• Psychological factors in Schizophrenia
• The Diathesis-Stress Model
• Managing Schizophrenia
Week10 – Case Studies
• Work with partners on a case study to do with either romantic relationships or mental health
• Ideas for exploring your psychological interests 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.
“Really important insights into everyday interactions with others.... Fun, engaging and accessible at all times!... A thoroughly enjoyable course, delivered in a creative way. Thank you very much." – Rebecca Warner, learner, June 2016
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