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Introductory Psychology: Six Key Approaches

Dr Steph Acaster
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Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(239)
A 6-week/topic self-paced course examining the main theoretical approaches to explaining human behaviour

Class experience

Beginner - Intermediate Level
6 lessons//6 Weeks
 Week 1
Lesson 1
Cognitive Psychology
 Week 2
Lesson 2
Humanistic Psychology
 Week 3
Lesson 3
Social Psychology
 Week 4
Lesson 4
Biological Psychology
 Week 5
Lesson 5
Behaviourist Psychology
 Week 6
Lesson 6
Psychodynamic Psychology
Students will learn to define and describe the features of the six key approaches.
Homework Offered
Students will be encouraged to summarise their ideas about the class content after each session. Weekly assignments, such as research/discussion prompts, and short question sets. Optional extra reading materials will also be suggested.
2 - 4 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
Continuous learning is encouraged: Students will receive informal feedback from the teacher on every task they upload, and will be invited to resubmit and discuss any areas where they have misunderstandings.
Grades Offered
No scores/letter grades, but a certificate of participation/completion is available upon request for learners who complete this course.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
The materials for this class are teacher-created, but follow topics taken from A-level and AP Psychology courses. 

Some examples of key references for historical theories mentioned in the course:
Multi-Store Model of Memory (Atkinson & Shiffrin, 1968)
Self-Concept (Rogers, 1959)
Hierarchy of Needs (Maslow, 1943)
Conformity (Asch, 1951)
Obedience (Milgram, 1974)
Social Learning Theory (Bandura, 1963)
Learning Theory (Watson, 1924)

These examples provide a starting point for understanding some of the different perspectives that people may use to approach the subject of psychology.

Relating to each learner's enrolment dates, learners will also be encouraged to read about different recently-published studies in psychology which link to one or more of the topic areas.
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Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(239)
I love to learn, and I am a big advocate of following your interests - even if they might not seem compatible at first glance!
My teaching philosophy is to encourage intellectual curiosity, motivation, and aspiration in students, whatever... 
Self-Paced Class


weekly or $73 for all content
6 pre-recorded lessons
6 weeks of teacher support
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1 year of access to the content

Completed by 33 learners
Ages: 12-17

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