This subject will introduce you to a broad range of psychological theories and principles that explain human behaviour, as well as the diversity of human experience.

Practical demonstrations and experiments, both in and out of the classroom, are designed to help you understand and explore the theoretical concepts underlying human cognition (thinking) and behaviour.

Course outline

  • Scientific theory and critical thinking
  • Biology of mind
  • Development through the lifespan: infancy, childhood, adolescence, adulthood
  • Social psychology
  • Personality
  • Psychological disorders
  • Therapy
  • Stress and health
  • Emotion
  • Learning
  • Intelligence


In-class quiz: 10%
Written task and presentation: 20%
Exams (two): 70%
Hurdle requirement: Attendance and participation