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Psychological and Behavioural Science

Psychological and Behavioural Science

A two-week summer course providing an overview of the topic areas studied in Psychology, illuminating why people think and act they way that they do.

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Course Summary

What makes you, ‘you’? What governs the way you behave, and the way other people behave towards you? The answers aren’t always as clear cut as you might think. Our Psychological and Behavioural Science course for 19+ students sheds light on the complex workings of the human mind.

This course introduces you to a range of theories and disciplines within Psychology – including Developmental Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Cognitive Psychology and Personality Types – and how they attempt to explain human behaviour. What you learn will help you to better understand the world around you, enabling you to interpret the behaviour of others – as well as getting your head around what motivates you.

How will the Psychological & Behavioural Science course help me?

A key aspect of Psychology is following ethical guidelines while conducting research, as most studies use human participants. The summer course is designed to highlight the importance of ethical procedures and what can happen if procedures are not followed accordingly. Students are provided with examples of when ethical considerations need to be made, in both adult and developmental contexts. It is important too, to consider the historical and contemporary place Psychology holds as discipline. Class field work provides a critical socio-historical angle to the discipline, allowing students to explore the age-old debate: is Psychology an art or a science? Students also engage with the practical side of the discipline via project-based empirical work. A final aim of the course is to present students with details about both educational and employment prospects.

They are able to explore the career opportunities that can develop from studying Psychology, holding discussions with current PhD students on how their career path has started to develop. We aim to show students the wide range of career opportunities a Psychology course can bring, including roles in academic, clinical and research departments.An early distinction is made regarding the types of research methods used in Psychology (quantitative and qualitative), with each type discussed in significant detail.

This summer course is designed to give students an overview of the topic areas studied in Psychology: developmental psychology, abnormal psychology, the study of the brain, and personality types in psychology. A strong focus upon cognitive (working memory) psychology is retained throughout the course.

These topics have been designed and chosen specifically to show students the wide range of applications that Psychology can have in the real world, and how these areas could be investigated through experimental and non-experimental investigations. Students are presented with a series of research scenarios and are asked to design their own investigations using the knowledge and methods that have been discussed during the course.

A distinction is made regarding the types of research methods used in Psychology (quantitative and qualitative) and discussions are had surrounding the appropriate use of each method. Students use this knowledge to prepare both a written report and presentation which outline and evaluate a psychological investigation.

How will the Psychological and Behavioural Science course help me?

A key aspect of Psychology is following ethical guidelines while conducting research, as most studies use human participants. The summer course is designed to highlight the importance of ethical procedures and what can happen if procedures are not followed accordingly. Students are provided with examples of when ethical considerations need to be made, in both adult and developmental contexts.

It is important too, to consider the historical and contemporary place Psychology holds as a discipline. Class fieldwork provides a critical socio-historical angle to the discipline, allowing students to explore the age-old debate: is Psychology an art or a science? Students also engage with the practical side of the discipline via project-based empirical work.

A final aim of the course is to present students with details about both educational and employment prospects. They are able to explore the career opportunities that can develop from studying Psychology, holding discussions with current PhD students on how their career path has started to develop. We aim to show students the wide range of career opportunities a Psychology course can bring, including roles in academic, clinical and research departments. An early distinction is made regarding the types of research methods used in Psychology (quantitative and qualitative), with each type discussed in significant detail.

What to expect from the Psychological and Behavioural Science course

This summer course is designed to give students an overview of the topic areas studied in Psychology: developmental psychology, abnormal psychology, the study of the brain, and personality types in psychology. A strong focus upon cognitive (working memory) psychology is retained throughout the course.These topics have been designed and chosen specifically to show students the wide range of applications that Psychology can have in the real world, and how these areas could be investigated through experimental and non-experimental investigations. Students are presented with a series of research scenarios and are asked to design their own investigations using the knowledge and methods that have been discussed during the course. A distinction is made regarding the types of research methods used in Psychology (quantitative and qualitative) and discussions are had surrounding the appropriate use of each method. Students use this knowledge to prepare both a written report and presentation which outline and evaluate a psychological investigation.

Course Outcomes

By the end of the course, students will have:

 

Topics Covered

 

Take this course if…

Take this course if you are interested in what makes people who they are and would like to explore the subject in more depth.

Campuses

Oxford College Accommodation

  • Location Oxford
  • Ages Ages: 12+, 13-15, 16-18, 19+
  • Bedroom Type Single and twin
  • Bathroom Type En-suite & Shared (single gender)
  • Year Built Founded in 1096 (University of Oxford)

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Availability for: Psychological and Behavioural Science

4th - 17th Jul 2021

  • Location

    Oxford

  • Price

    £4,995.00

  • Duration

    2 Weeks

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18th - 31st Jul 2021

  • Location

    Oxford

  • Price

    £4,995.00

  • Duration

    2 Weeks

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1st - 14th Aug 2021

  • Location

    Oxford

  • Price

    £4,995.00

  • Duration

    2 Weeks

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15th - 28th Aug 2021

  • Location

    Oxford

  • Price

    £4,995.00

  • Duration

    2 Weeks

Good Availability

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