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Level: N/A

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 1

Weeks: 8

Hours: 2.00

Start: Various Dates (Please press the Book Now Button to View Dates)

Days / Times: Thursday 18:00 to 20:00

Tuition (£): 85.00*

Interview: N

Course Summary

This introductory programme will look at the main classical ways of trying to understand the human mind and behaviour – from behaviourist attempts to apply lessons drawn from observing animal behaviour, through Freud’s psychoanalytic approach, to social learning and to modern identification of the stages of cognitive and moral development.

‘No man is an island’ - so we examine how we interact with others and what can turn an interaction either confrontational or harmonious and productive.  We also explore how we may act and react differently in group situations, influenced by group pressures or maybe not.  Finally, we will identify the factors, conscious and subconscious, that influence our choice of friends and partners, and why some relationships are successful and others not.

By the end of the course, we should be able to understand ourselves and others better, and to put this understanding to good effect.

Entry requirements

You should be aged 19+.
There are no formal entry requirements for this experience.

Course Content

Week 1 The Work of Psychologists

  • Psychology methods
  • The nature – nurture debate  

Week 2 Perspectives in Psychology                                                       

  • Classic psychologists and their perspectives on human behaviour                                                                

Week 3 Child Development                          

  • Attachment and affiliation
  • Cognitive development and moral development    

Week 4 Personality

  • Personality traits and types
  • Strengths and weaknesses of each 

Week 5 Motivations for Behaviour                            

  • Need as prime motivation                                   
  • Levels of personal need
  • Individual and group behaviour                                  

Week 6 Interpersonal Interactions                       

  • Ego states and interactions
  • Transactional analysis
  • Confrontation and harmony

Week 7 Friendships and Relationships

  • The psychology of friendship and romance

Week 8 Conclusions

  • Pulling it all together
  • Combining cognitive and moral development

How will I be assessed?

At an introductory level, you will be taught by using a range of simple exercises that enable you to develop a new and more helpful sense of awareness.


Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You just need pen and paper or a laptop.

What can I do after this course?

Further Study

Further courses are to be announced


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* Tuition - This figure is the fee to be paid if you are not entitled to any concessions.
*** Co-Tuition - This figure is the fee to be paid if you are entitled to any partial concessions.

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