Psychology Course: An Introduction (Sydney)

Psychology Course: An Introduction

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This psychology course aims to provide you with foundation knowledge of psychology to assist you understand and apply psychological thinking to everyday life. In this psychology course diverse perspectives will be employed including individual and social. You will engage in self-reflections and critical thinking, challenging the everyday myths that we read about in social media. The course will engage in group discussions to assist you maximise the value of your learning.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this psychology course, participants will be able to:

  1. Understand key themes, origins and foundations of psychological theory,
  2. define the key issues in psychology today
  3. critique theories and concepts
  4. apply psychological concepts to everyday life and the workplace

Course Content

This psychology course will cover the following content:

An Introduction to Psychology

Psychology is an increasingly diverse discipline. Psychologists translate research into cognitive processes and behaviour to formulate theories and models for generalisation to populations.

Famous People in Psychology

The focus here will be on those people, whose names are “dropped” in every day conversations e.g. Freud, Piaget, Jung, from its inception to the present day. We will focus on the well-known contributors e.g. behaviourists, developmentalists, cognitivists; social and emotional psychologists; bio and computational psychologists and others to learn about psychology from what they had to say.

Dispelling common myths and ‘fake news’ about psychology

Like medical and nutrition research, there is a lot of written in the media, especially social media about learning, perception, intelligence, ageing and so on. The focus here will be on the fundamentals and an overview of the academic research.

The Science of Psychology

Focus on scientific research methods as well as taking an antithetical stance. What makes a field of study a science? When is a theory a theory and so on?

Psychology and Work

Organisational psychologists are crucially interested in work-related behaviour and diagnosis of issues in the workplace, work design etc. Is bonus pay effective or not? Stress and control theory focuses on the various psychological and physical demands in the workplace. How people act and behave in groups, in partnerships and different contexts including social influence (compliance and commitment), group dynamics including groupthink, cohesion, followership and prosocial behaviour.

Normal and Abnormal Psychology

What is abnormal psychology? Has our thinking about this changed over time e.g. how we think about depression, manage anti-social behaviour. Empathy, anxiety, shyness and stress. What do does Positive psychology mean? Is there research evidence to support it? What is meant by emotional management? Violence is triggered by diverse factors. There is a propensity to see other people’s actions as hostile even when this may not be the case. Certain situations also increase the threat of hostility, such as heavy drinking, drug taking, verbal and physical harassment as well as situations e.g. extreme weather, congestion and crowding. What is abnormal vs deviant behaviour? As the research evidence grows, what we accept as normal today was historically abnormal.

What traits and characteristics are valued in our society?

The focus here will be on individual differences and how we select certain characteristics e.g. the fittest, throughout evolution depending on environmental and personal demands. How these values have led to a society valuing body image and with it comes the stress of maintaining this from pre-school to old age.

Decisions, evaluations and nudge

How do people make decisions? What do we mean by nudge and why and when is it used? People become biased when they speciously rely on cognitive short cuts, leading to errors whereby they stray from choosing the best option in preference to lesser alternatives. This topic brings two disciplines of economics and psychology together to explain how behaviour changes.

Consumer Behaviour

Consumerism, consumers in a global market place, advertising, decision-making and choice theory, what’s in a brand?

Pulling the threads together

So what have we learnt and what will be useful to you in your workplace?

Intended Audience

This psychology course is suitable for those who are interested in enhancing their understanding of the development of psychology and its application in everyday life.

Delivery Style

This psychology course will be delivered as an interactive workshop consisting of an instructor-led lecture, group and individual activities. This training approach allows participants to work through concepts introduced by the instructor in an application-focused learning context. Participants will challenge their understanding of the concepts and consider their application once back in their individual workplace.

Course Prerequisites

This psychology course has no prerequisites and is open to all members of the public.

Professor Brewer is the Dean, University of Newcastle, Sydney. Her career has spanned organisational behaviour, psychology, education and business as a researcher, lecturer, and author. Her research expertise is people at work including conflict, change, leadership, commitment, stress as well as gender. Her work has been applied in diverse industry sectors such as business, education, industrial relations, human resource management, health administration, public policy, transport and logistics; banking and mining. She has led commercial facing entities including a start-up to success.


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