One of the reasons we want to understand human nature is so we can help people with psychological disorders. This course lays a foundation for understandings and further study in psychology.
You will learn how psychologists go about conceptualising and studying human nature, and how the brain works to produce thoughts, emotions and complex behaviour. We'll also look closely at how psychologists approach the diagnosis and treatment of the ‘common colds’ of psychopathology – anxiety and mood disorders.
What will I learn?
What psychology is essentially about
The basic philosophical and conceptual foundations of psychology, such as:
The mind-body issue
The biopsychosocial perspective
The structure and functions of neurones, the smallest functional element of the nervous system, and how they communicate with each other
The broad structural and functional organisation of the nervous system as a whole, and the important features which allow for complex behaviours to occur in humans
The general approach that psychologists take to understand abnormal behaviour, including:
How they classify mental disorders
The essential diagnostic approach
The basic processes involved in experiencing and then coping with stress, and what happens when our coping strategies fail
What anxiety and mood disorders are, including:
The various subtypes
Their general prevalence (epidemiology)
How they are diagnosed and treated
This course requires approximately 2 - 4 hours of study per week, but can vary depending on the student. This includes watching videos, and taking quizzes and assessments.
If you pass this course you'll receive a Certificate of Achievement. While this certificate isn't a formal qualification or credit, you can use it to demonstrate your interest in learning about this area to potential employers or educational institutions.
Where could this lead me?
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MODULE 1: BEGINNING WITH PSYCHOLOGY
MODULE 2: THE BIOLOGICAL FRAMEWORK FOR HUMAN BEHAVIOUR
MODULE 3: UNDERSTANDING AND DIAGNOSING PSYCHOPATHOLOGY
MOOCs stand for Massive Open Online Courses. These arefree online courses from universities around the world (eg. StanfordHarvardMIT) offered to anyone with an internet connection.
How do I register?
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How do these MOOCs or free online courses work?
MOOCs are designed for an online audience, teaching primarily through short (5-20 min.) pre recorded video lectures, that you watch on weekly schedule when convenient for you. They also have student discussion forums, homework/assignments, and online quizzes or exams.