General Psychology

Course description

This course describes concepts of psychology, self-understanding, human development, motivational processes and life skills. It introduces other disciplines with the concepts, theories, methods and the core subjects in the field of psychology. The course provides an overview of the field of psychology as a science of human behavior and mental process and show how this knowledge can be used to improve human life.

Course outcomes

Upon the completion of this course, students will be able to:

• Describe basic psychological concepts
• Discuss different aspects of human development
• Learn motivational and emotional processes
• Demonstrate social and interpersonal skills in everyday life
• Set an adaptive goal and plan for future
• Compare and contrast the major theoretical perspectives in psychology and different learning theories
• Apply knowledge of psychology to their life and develop their life skills
• Understand the essence of psychology and become conversant of the concepts and key issues in the field
• Comprehend why psychology is characterized as scientific discipline along with other arguments to the contrary
• Appreciate the complexities of human behavior and be reasonably skeptical of assertions made in the name of research or science in general
• Understand the current thinking in the areas of sensation, perception, emotion, motivation, learning, memory, forgetting, personality and abnormal behaviors

Course contents

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🔽 2 h 10 min | Essence of Psychology
  • Historical roots of psychology
  • Early schools and modern perspectives of psychology
  • Branches of psychology
  • Major research methods in psychology
🔽 1 h 25 min | Sensation and Perception
  • Meaning of sensation and perception
  • Difference and similarities of sensation and perception
  • Factors affecting sensation and perception
  • Principles of sensation and perception
  • Reasons for sensory and perceptual differences among individuals
🔽 1 h 28 min | Learning and Theories of Learning
  • Meaning, types and factors of learning
  • Characteristics of learning
  • Theories designed to explain the characteristics of learning
  • Viewpoints of different theories of learning
  • Applications of theories of learning
  • Techniques used to motivate and reinforce behavior
🔽 1 h 15 min | Memory
  • Memory and forgetting
  • Stages and memory structures proposed by theory of memory
  • Processes that are at work in memory functions
  • Learned materials in the long term memory
  • Factors underlying on the persistence/loss of memory
  • Different theories of forgetting
🔽 1 h 30 min | Motivation and Emotion
  • Define motivation
  • Types of motivation
  • Different theories of motivation
  • Types of conflicts of motives
  • Define emotion
  • Elements of emotion
  • Theories of emotion
🔽 1 h 09 min | Personality
  • Define personality
  • Natures of psychoanalytic theory
  • Structures of personality
  • Psychological defense mechanisms
  • Essence of the trait theory of personality
  • Factor model of personality
  • Essence of humanistic theory of personality
🔽 1 h 20 min | Psychological Disorders and Their Treatment
  • Psychological disorders and inherent difficulties
  • Nature of psychological disorders
  • Causes of psychological disorders
  • Types, characteristic features of psychological disorders
  • Theories to explain the nature of abnormality
  • Treatment techniques
🔽 1 h 14 min | Social Psychology
  • Social psychology
  • Psychological topics dealt by social psychology
  • Causes of behavior as attributed to situational or dispositional factors
  • Different types, characteristic features of group thinking
  • Social psychology concepts such as social influence, obedience, cognitive dissonance and conformity
  • Psychological influence exerted by individuals
🔽 1 h 30 min | Applying Psychology in Intra and Interpersonal Life
  • Nature, components and goals of life skills
  • Intra and interpersonal skills such as self-concept, self-esteem, emotional intelligence, and coping with stress
  • Academic skills such as time management, test taking skills, and note taking skills
  • Social skills such as understanding diversity, gender and social inclusion, communication, and team work


This course includes:

    13 h 01 min recorded video

    Downloadable resources (books and articles)

    One year access

    Access on mobile and TV

    Advanced Level

    Certificate of completion


1 year of access
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