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Get to know yourself and step into the world of social science with this practical psychology short course, as part of our psychology short courses in Sydney.

Ever wondered why you click with some people but not others? Or why your kids are so entirely different from one another? Have you found that some jobs drain you even though you’re capable of completing them? Is there a person that you want to be but you are held back by something deeper? These are the sorts of questions that our psychology short course gives us insights into, but how do you turn research into practice?

This psychology short course in Sydney aims to give you a practical overview of behavioural and social science and how to use this information for real-world application. In this practical psychology course, you will gain insight into human behaviour, and learn what drives us as human beings. If you have been looking for a fun, practical, and informative introduction to psychology then this is the course for you!

Learning outcomes

By the end of this practical psychology course, you should be able to:

  • discover the origins of psychology and the different notions of self and identity throughout time
  • explore personality and discuss how different psychological theories offer diverse understandings of the human character
  • learn about strategies of effective goal-setting and how this connects to your values
  • learn about the processes that underlie learning and memory
  • discover what drives us as human beings, how emotions come about, and the predictors of happiness
  • learn about strategies of effective goal-setting and how this connects to your values
  • explore the social processes of attachment, attraction and social judgment
  • learn about stress in everyday life, its causes and its impacts
  • discover why it is that we try so hard to fit in.

What will be covered in this practical psychology course?

Week 1: Self-definition and consciousness

Learn about the dominant model used in understanding human behaviour. Develop your understanding of the psyche, applying the model to case studies of human behaviour.

Week 2: Beneath the mask

Explore personality and participate in a Gestalt personality activity and basic temperament test to learn more about your personality.

Week 3: Learning and memory

Learn about the processes that underlie learning and discover how we remember and why we forget to achieve self-control through a personal behaviour modification plan, strategies to improve everyday memory.

Week 4: Motivation and emotion

Discuss notions of happiness and practical strategies to enhance wellbeing.

Week 5: Gaining a sense of direction

Clarify values and strategies for meaningful goal-setting.

Week 6: Social creatures

What are conflict resolution strategies and the experience of validation?

Week 7: Stress and health

Develop your understanding of ‘mindfulness’: what is it and is it actually helpful? Practical focus: strategies for stress management and creative mindfulness.

Week 8: Psychological therapies

Discuss what constitutes ‘abnormal’ behaviour, participate in an exercise in understanding human behaviour.

Who is this practical psychology course for?

This practical psychology course is ideal for anyone:

  • interested in psychology who wants to learn the fundamentals of the field
  • seeking to understand the behaviour of themselves and others
  • looking for open discussion and a friendly learning environment to discuss ideas about human behaviour.

Additional information

Sydney Community College is an educational organisation dedicated to the provision of quality adult education. Classes are intended to develop skills and knowledge. Classes are not intended as individual therapeutic solutions. In health-related matters, guidance from a suitably qualified health professional is always recommended.

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  • said: Learning about behaviour and the motivation behind it. It was a great opportunity to ask questions related to my work as a disability support worker. The teacher gave pracial examples and I learnt a great deal from him even when tired.

  • said: A really enlightening and fascinating course. The tutor was brilliant and engaging. I’m sorry the class has finished!

  • said: The tutor is seriously brilliant personable man who gave 100% every time. Brilliant course.

  • said: I found his classes incredibly engaging and entertaining. I feel sorry for those who have only studied "dry" psychology at university because studying at Sydney Community College was great. the tutor brought out real-world experiences /examples into the classroom and made psychology become alive in ways I never thought possible.

  • said: Brilliant tutor and his love for his subject matter really shine through - please pass on my sincere thanks for conducting such a wonderful course. If the college were to offer a 'next level up' course with e.g. slightly more in-depth information on each of the topics presented, that'd be excellent.

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