What is the course about?
The course will introduce you to a selection of psychological theories for example Freud
(development, the unconscious, mental illness), Wechsler (intelligence), Maslow (motivation), Pavlov (learning). We
will discuss their historic contexts as well as how data is gathered. We will explore the strengths and limitations of each theory and its relevance and application today.
What will we cover?
Over the six sessions, a range of approaches will be presented to provide (preliminary) answers to some of the main
questions psychologists are addressing; amongst others:
• What is normal? And how do we know that?
• In what ways are we “intelligent”?
• What motivates us and how do we motivate other people?
• What is the unconscious? What else influences our behaviour?
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Explain, in simple terms, some key psychological theories.
Understand some of the factors that drive our behaviour.
Notice where the different psychological theories have relevance and application today.
Critique the theories (strengths and limitations) and reflect on new insights.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is introductory. You will need to speak English fluently. You should also be able to follow simple written
and verbal instructions to participate in group work, and you might want to take notes. You should be prepared to
question your assumptions about the topics that are being discussed and respect the viewpoints of others.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Teaching will consist of pair and group work, discussions and interactive presentations by the course tutor. Students
are invited to present their own prior knowledge and experience.
There will be short exercises, and students might be directed to online resources or further reading, depending on
the topics covered.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Any suggested readings will be optional. You might want to bring paper and pen to take notes during the course.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
City Lit offers a variety of courses in psychology, for example:
Cross Cultural Psychology
Psychology of Attachment
We also offer a range of courses in counselling skills.
If you would like to consider studying psychology at university level, please talk to the course tutor or to our Advice & Guidance team. They can be contacted via the student centre.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details