Psychology in the 21st Century OpenCourseWare: The Open University's Free Bachelor Level Psychology Course

Published Feb 11, 2009

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The Open University's free course 'Psychology in the 21st Century' provides a complete overview of the field, emphasizing the variety of areas on which psychologists focus and Psychology's influence on modern society. This undergraduate-level course serves as a good foundation for anyone with an interest in Psychology.

Psychology in the 21st Century: Course Specifics

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Psychology in the 21st Century: Course Description

In the field of Psychology, there are often many 'correct' responses to the same question. These answers are usually found by drawing on multiple psychological perspectives. After completing The Open University course 'Psychology in the 21st Century,' you will be able to recognize many of these diverse perspectives and disciplines. The readings discuss the history of Psychology, tracing its roots to the fields of medicine, philosophy, biology, psychoanalysis and ethnography. The course goes on to explore the impact of today's culture and society on the field. Students will be encouraged to consider the different methods that psychologists use to gather, evaluate and interpret data. A discussion of ethical considerations finishes up the exploration. The course materials require an estimated 12 hours to complete and will benefit undergraduate students of Psychology or anyone with a general interest in this field.

This OpenCourseWare includes online notes, activities and a discussion forum. To view the course materials, visit the modern Psychology course page.

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