What you will study
Discovering psychology introduces the diversity and breadth of approaches in the discipline of psychology and the many different ways psychologists study the human mind and behaviour.
Discovering psychology has 30 weeks of study and two weeks set aside for holiday. The study weeks commence from the above start date, and you will need to set aside between eleven and fifteen hours of study time for each of these weeks.
The module is organised into three parts:
Part 1 explores why people do harm to others. Using this as an example, you’ll look at how human behaviour may be influenced by personality and situational factors, and the ways in which learning also plays a role.
Part 2 focuses on what determines human behaviour more widely, including the role of evolution and the importance of social relations. The topics you will cover include: What makes people change their behaviour? What is the basis of a child’s attachment to its caregivers? How important is friendship, especially in childhood?
Part 3 centres on a key question in psychology – how can we study psychological processes that cannot be directly observed, such as language, attention or memory?
The module is built around a textbook Investigating Psychology and a website containing activities and audio-visual material that will form part of your core study time. There is also an online study guide which will guide you through your studies.
The online material will extend your understanding of the topics and issues discussed in the book in a number of different ways:
the audio-visual material picks up on specific questions addressed in each chapter
the interactive exercises will develop your understanding of the research methods used in psychology and will help you consolidate your understanding of key psychological concepts
the online activities will help you develop the skills needed for your own learning.
The website also provides guidance on further study, and resources on how psychology is used in a range of workplaces and careers.
You will learn
You will learn about:
some of the topics that psychologists investigate
how the research process develops from asking questions, through collecting evidence to evaluating the findings.
You will develop skills in:
accessing and interpreting information
presenting and communicating information.
You will develop the skill of managing your time effectively by organising your work to meet a schedule. You will also have the opportunity to reflect on a study pathway leading to personal and/or career goals.