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SC2030 Psychology: An Introduction

Ended 18 Mar 2021

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Full course description

Course Overview

This course is designed for those who have a general interest in the area of psychology. The course is run in a relaxed learning environment. The student has the opportunity to engage in a group discussion on topics of interest. A diverse number of issues shall be explored each week. Students are provided with lecture notes. The classes are also supplemented by reference to current research papers on specific topics in psychology.

The Introduction to Psychology course shall explore the following topics. social psychology, developmental psychology, human memory and perception, research methods in psychology, personality and personality disorders, learning and behaviour and the history and early origins of psychology. As this course is introductory, students shall be introduced to some of the key theorists in each of these areas and directed towards relevant readings in the area.

One of the advantages of this course is that it covers a diverse number of topics over an eight-week period. It also explores the practical applications of psychology in everyday life.

Course Schedule 


Classes will be delivered online on Thursdays 7-9pm for eight weeks from 28 January to 18 March. This course consists of a two-hour lecture each week. Lectures are presented via Powerpoint presentation. Students have the opportunity to ask questions and join in group discussion on the topics being delivered each week.


Course Lecturer

Dr. Sinéad McDonough, Graduate in Forensic Psychology, University College Cork

Entry Requirements

Applicants must be at least 18 years old at course commencement.


Short courses are not assessed. Students will receive a UCC Certificate of Attendance upon completion.

Closing Date for Application

Monday 18 January

Contact Details for Further Information

Regina Sexton, Phone: 021-4904700, Email: