Psychological and Behavioural Science
A two-week summer course providing an overview of the topic areas studied in Psychology.
What makes you, 'you'? What governs the way you behave, and the way other people behave towards you? The answers aren’t always as clear cut as you might think, and our Psychological and Behavioural Science course for 19-25+ year-old students will shed light on the complex workings of the human mind.
This course will introduce you to a range of theories and disciplines within Psychology - including Developmental Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Cognitive Psychology and Personality Types - and how they attempt to explain human behaviour. What you learn will help you to better understand the world around you, enabling you to interpret the behaviour of others – as well as getting your head around what motivates you.
What to expect from the Psychological & Behavioural Science Course
This summer course is designed to give students an overview of the topic areas studied in Psychology: Developmental Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, The Study of the Brain, and Personality Types in Psychology. A strong focus upon Cognitive (Working Memory) Psychology will be retained throughout the course.
These topics have been designed and chosen specifically to show students the wide range of applications that Psychology can have in the real world, and how these areas could be investigated through experimental and non-experimental investigations. Students will be presented with a series of research scenarios and will be asked to design their own investigations using the knowledge and methods that have been discussed during the course.
A distinction will be made regarding the types of research methods used in Psychology (quantitative and qualitative) and discussions will be had surrounding the appropriate use of each method. Students will use this knowledge to prepare both a written report and presentation which outline and evaluate a psychological investigation.
How will the Psychological & Behavioural Science course help me?
A key aspect of Psychology is following ethical guidelines whilst conducting research, as most studies use human participants. The summer course is designed to highlight the importance of ethical procedures and what can happen if procedures are not followed accordingly. Students will be provided with examples of when ethical considerations need to be made, in both adult and developmental contexts.
It is important too, to consider the historical and contemporary place Psychology holds as discipline. Class field work will provide a critical socio-historical angle to the discipline, allowing students to explore the age-old debate: is Psychology an art or a science? Students will also engage with the practical side of the discipline via project-based empirical work.
A final aim of the course is to present students with details about both educational and employment prospects. They will be able to explore the career opportunities that can develop from studying Psychology, holding discussions with current PhD students on how their career path has started to develop. We aim to show students the wide range of career opportunities a Psychology course can bring, including roles in academic, clinical and research departments.An early distinction will be made regarding the types of research methods used in Psychology (quantitative and qualitative), with each type discussed in significant detail.
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