Introduction to Psychology

Course summary

  • Wed 03 Oct 2018 to Wed 05 Dec 2018
  • 10:30am-12:30pm 10 meetings
  • Ewert House, Ewert Place, Oxford, OX2 7DD
  • From £225.00
  • 10 CATS points
  • Course code O18P580PCW
  • +44 (0)1865 280900
  • Applications being accepted

Introduction to Psychology


Psychology is a truly fascinating subject! This course will introduce students to popular themes and perspectives in Psychology: can we really believe what we see? How much of what we know of the world is taken in unconsciously? How does memory work? Is there such a thing as a bad memory? How does peer pressure work? Are our actions truly self-governed? How do babies learn? What do we mean by 'Personality'? What is Freud's contribution to Psychology?

Students will gain an insight into the ways in which Psychologists study human behaviour, and some of the more surprising things we now know.

Programme details

Term Starts: 3rd October    

Half Term: 23rd October

Week 1:          Introduction

Week 2:          Perspectives in Psychology

Week 3:          Perception

Week 4:          Memory

Week 5:          Memory

Week 6:          Social Psychology &Ethics

Week 7:          Personality

Week 8:          Developmental Psychology

Week 9:          Freud

Week 10:        Conclusions


Background Reading

Atkinson & Hilgard,., Introduction to Psychology

Eysenck & Keane., Cognitive Psychology, A student's handbook,

Bruce, Georgeson & Green., Visual Perception,

Gross., Psychology: the science of mind and behaviour 2010 (but earlier editions post 1990 will be OK)

Upton., Developmental Psychology

Carlson et al., Psychology: The Science of Behaviour, (2012) Allyn & Bacon

If you are planning to purchase books, remember that courses with too few students enrolled will be cancelled. The Department accepts no responsibility for books bought in anticipation of a course.

If you have enrolled on a course starting in the autumn, you can become a borrowing member of the Rewley House library from 1st September and we will try to ensure that as many titles as possible are available in the Library by the start of each term. If you are enrolled on a course starting in other terms, you can become a borrowing member once the previous term has ended.

Recommended reading

All weekly class students may become borrowing members of the Rewley House Continuing Education Library for the duration of their course. Prospective students whose courses have not yet started are welcome to use the Library for reference. More information can be found on the Library website.

There is a Guide for Weekly Class students which will give you further information. 

Availability of titles on the reading list (below) can be checked on SOLO, the library catalogue.

Recommended Reading List


Students who register for CATS points will receive a Record of CATS points on successful completion of their course assessment.

To earn credit (CATS points) you will need to register and pay an additional £10 fee per course. You can do this by ticking the relevant box at the bottom of the enrolment form or when enrolling online.

Coursework is an integral part of all weekly classes and everyone enrolled will be expected to do coursework in order to benefit fully from the course. Only those who have registered for credit will be awarded CATS points for completing work at the required standard.

Students who do not register for CATS points during the enrolment process can either register for CATS points prior to the start of their course or retrospectively from between January 1st and July 31st after the current academic year has been completed. If you are enrolled on the Certificate of Higher Education you need to indicate this on the enrolment form but there is no additional registration fee.


Course Fee: £225.00
Take this course for CATS points: £10.00


Dr Jane Pollock

Jane is a Chartered Psychologist, an Independent Consultant in Organisational Psychology, and a tutor and lecturer in Psychology and Statistics. She has a history of highly successful courses in both Psychology and Business streams, and takes a practical approach to a subject crucial to the success of people in Organisations.


Course aims

A brief introduction to Psychology through a selected group of topics

Course Objectives

1. Introduction to basic theories in selected areas of Psychology

2. Exploration of how our brains fool us in specific ways

3 Exploration of human behaviour  in selected areas of Psychology

Teaching methods

Seminar style learning

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course students will be expected to:

  • understanding of basic theories in selected areas of Psychology
  • understanding of how we construct the world in perceptual and information processing terms, and in recollection
  • understand how we become socially sophisticated using specific examples from the Psychological literature

Assessment methods

One piece of coursework, either an appraisal of a theory (choice of possible alternatives) or a short essay discussing alternative viewpoints on a selection of given topics.

Students must submit a completed Declaration of Authorship form at the end of term when submitting your final piece of work. CATS points cannot be awarded without the aforementioned form.


To earn credit (CATS points) for your course you will need to register and pay an additional £10 fee for each course you enrol on. You can do this by ticking the relevant box at the bottom of the enrolment form or when enrolling online.

Please use the 'Book' or 'Apply' button on this page. Alternatively, please complete an application form.

Level and demands

Most of the Department's weekly classes have 10 or 20 CATS points assigned to them. 10 CATS points at FHEQ Level 4 usually consist of ten 2-hour sessions. 20 CATS points at FHEQ Level 4 usually consist of twenty 2-hour sessions. It is expected that, for every 2 hours of tuition you are given, you will engage in eight hours of private study.

Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS)