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Understanding Personality and Intelligence


Thursday 25 April - Thursday 04 July 2024, 6pm-9pm

11 sessions - Check class timetable


This Understanding Personality and Intelligence short course will introduce you to those aspects of individual differences that tend to be of interest to psychology students: intelligence, motivation, personality and models of psychopathology. You will explore the degree to which these matter to an individual's life, opportunities and successes. You will be encouraged to question the impact culture might have in shaping concepts of mental health.

The course will also encourage you to explore the relevance of each of the topics to your studying practices.

We will cover the following:

  • Does intelligence matter at university?
  • How much does motivation affect learning at university?
  • What is personality and how does it affect your learning?
  • Anxiety, the role of the environment and its impact on learning
  • Depression, the role of the environment and its impact on learning
  • What is 'normal'?
  • Models of psychopathology
  • Critical issues in diagnoses, classification and treatment
  • What impact does culture have on the way in which we understand individual differences?
  • Critiquing theories of learning styles

Assessment is via a 10-minute presentation (40%) and in-class written essay (60%).

This can be taken as a standalone short course or as a part of:

15 credits at level 4

  • Entry requirements

    Entry requirements

    Most of our short courses have no formal entry requirements and are open to all students.

    This short course has no prerequisites.

    As part of the enrolment process, you may be required to submit a copy of a suitable form of ID.

    International students who wish to come to the UK to study a short course can apply for a Visitor visa. Please note that it is not possible to obtain a Student visa to study a short course.

  • How to apply

    How to apply

    You register directly onto the classes you would like to take. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis - so apply early. If you wish to take more than one short course, you can select each one separately and then register onto them together via our online application portal. There is usually no formal selection process, although some modules may have prerequisites and/or other requirements, which will be specified where relevant.