What you will study
Starting with psychology introduces key psychological concepts and develops your knowledge of the way psychologists work. Whether you are thinking of further study in psychology or are simply interested in finding out about this fascinating and challenging subject, this Openings Access module has much to offer.
A central feature of the module is its exploration of psychology from different viewpoints. Throughout the module, you’ll focus on the psychology of happiness, examining this topic from each viewpoint. The module uses interesting and varied examples to help you get to grips with the subject while at the same time developing the skills you need to become a confident learner.
How can investigating damaged brains increase our knowledge of healthy brain functioning? You’ll look at several case studies of people who have experienced some form of brain damage and consider any subsequent changes in their behaviour.
How do we think and how do we organise our thoughts? The way that we take in and manipulate information from the world about us can affect the way that we understand our world and can influence our feelings and behaviour.
How are we influenced by our relationships with people who are important in our lives? You’ll consider the impact of early relationships between babies and their main carers, and then the important features of later friendships and romantic partnerships.
How do the roles we play and the groups we belong to shape who we are? We play many roles throughout our lives and can belong to a number of different groups ranging in size from just a few people to large cultural groups.
You will complete your study of psychology with two more chapters on the website. You’ll look at what methods psychologists use to conduct their research, and how psychologists apply the knowledge gathered from their research in areas such as education, crime and work. You will also have the opportunity to gain skills such as working with podcasts, using online forums and searching the internet for information relating to the subject. This experience will provide you with a gentle introduction to using a computer to support your study, and will equip you with the basic computing skills you will need for the next step in your studies.
You only need to use a computer for the last part of the module once you've completed the book, so if you don’t currently have one you’ve plenty of time to make arrangements. You can use your own computer or one at a library or drop-in centre. Please note that you can study and pass this module if you don’t have access to the internet and a computer.