Psychology Course: Introduction

Psychology Course: Introduction

Psychology short courses in Sydney, open to everyone.

Explore the human mind with our Psychology courses in Sydney.

Learn Psychology with our Psychology courses in Sydney - short courses open to everyone.

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

  • Psychological Research.
  • Key psychological concepts.
  • Levels of analysis in psychological research.
  • Occupations for psychologists.
  • Historical foundations of psychology.

Famous People in Psychology

  • Different approaches to Psychology.
  • Behavioural psychology.
  • Biological psychology.
  • Evolutionary psychology.
  • Developmental psychology.
  • Cognitive psychology.
  • Psychodynamic psychology.

The Science of Psychology

  • The Scientific Method.
  • Experimental studies.
  • Correlation.
  • Non-experimental studies.

Psychology and Work

  • Key organisational psychology theories: motivation, group dynamics; leadership, e.g. traits vs actions.
  • Decision making: individual vs group.

Normal and Abnormal Psychology

  • What is abnormal vs normal psychology?
  • Defense mechanisms.
  • What do does Positive psychology mean? Is there research evidence to support it? What is meant by emotional management?
  • What is abnormal vs deviant behaviour?

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.

About your instructor

Ann Brewer

Ann Brewer

Professor Ann 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.

Ann is an accredited executive coach with more than 20 years of experience enhancing the performance of individuals, teams and organisations. In that capacity she designs and develops coaching programs for whole-of-organisations as well as 1:1 coaching consultations. She begins with establishing a foundation for each client to clarify their professional aims and values for developing and sustaining leadership resilience. Her coaching strategy is focused on leadership, relationship and culture building as well as dealing with thorny issues and conducting difficult conversations.

Ann’s professional background incorporates diverse programs and initiatives for individual development, team building, organisation design, and facilitation. Her practical approach to leadership and organisation development is derived from her own senior leadership positions.

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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