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Psychological IssuesPsychologySocial PsychologyMental Illness

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Approx. 33 hours to complete

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Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

20 minutes to complete

Welcome and Orientation to the Course

This section is about your orientation to the Coursera interface and the logistics of the course....
2 readings
2 readings
Course Logistics10m
Links to Outside Resources10m
2 hours to complete

History & the Scientific Method

This section is about exploring the introduction to the Science of Psychology. At the end of this first section you'll be able to identify and discuss some of the major movements in the Science of Psychology....
7 videos (Total 107 min)
7 videos
Lecture 2 - Before Freud (17:46 min)17m
Lecture 3 - Freud (14:26 min)14m
Lecture 4 - After Freud (16:25 min)16m
Lecture 5 - Truth Seeking (12:35 min)12m
Lecture 6 - Knowledge Association (15:49 min)15m
Lecture 7 - Knowledge by Contrast (15:23 min)15m
2 hours to complete

The Matter of the Mind

There was a time when one could study Psychology without linking phenomena back to the brain itself, but those days are slowly disappearing. Now every Psychology student, yourself included, is expected to have at least a general knowledge of brain organization and structure. At the end of this section you will be able to locate structures of the brain and discuss its organization....
8 videos (Total 121 min)
8 videos
Lecture 2 - Your Light Switch (12:40 min)12m
Lecture 3 - Subcortical Regions (13:27 min)13m
Lecture 4 - The Occipital Lobe (10:59 min)10m
Lecture 5 - The Temporal Lobe (14:51 min)14m
Lecture 6 - The Parietal Lobe (16:07 min)16m
Lecture 7 - The Frontal Lobe (18:10 min)18m
Lecture 8 - Split Brain (14:40 min)14m
2 hours to complete

Sensation, Perception, Attention and Awareness

This section is all about the systems our brain uses to get input from the world ... you will be able to recognize what those things around us are and where they are ... and be able to interpret who we are and how we fit....
8 videos (Total 133 min)
8 videos
Lecture 2 - Point of Contact (20:24 min)20m
Lecture 3 - Perceiving What: Part 1 (18:38 min)18m
Lecture 4 - Perceiving What: Part 2 (17:50 min)17m
Lecture 5 - Perceiving Where (17:35 min)17m
Lecture 6 - Selection (16:38 min)16m
Lecture 7 - Self Awareness (13:21 min)13m
Lecture 8 - Theory of Mind (13:40 min)13m
4 hours to complete


This section is all about learning and behaviourism. When you're done the videos you'll be able to name and describe the topic of learning and behaviour in contexts such as flirting and gambling!...
8 videos (Total 117 min), 1 quiz
8 videos
Lecture 2 - Rise of Behaviorism (15:59 min)15m
Lecture 3 - Learning (14:09 min)14m
Lecture 4 - Learning by Consequence (17:32 min)17m
Lecture 5 - How to Flirt (17:38 min)17m
Lecture 6 - Conditioned Superstition (10:02 min)10m
Lecture 7 - Passing the Test (14:40 min)14m
Lecture 8 - Observational Learning (11:52 min)11m
1 practice exercise
Midterm Test58m
2 hours to complete


This topic is Memory, and it's a big topic, and one I know a fair amount about. It was hard to figure out what to present and what to leave out. I tried to include some of the most interesting stuff. I hope you agree. After this section you'll be able to define and summarize topics such as False Memory and Amnesia....
8 videos (Total 126 min)
8 videos
Lecture 2 - Memory is Not Singular: Part 2 (24:34 min)24m
Lecture 3 - Reconstructive Memory (13:18 min)13m
Lecture 4 - False Memory (9:40 min)9m
Lecture 5 - Deja Vu (19:23 min)19m
Lecture 6 - Familiarity (12:33 min)12m
Lecture 7 - Amnesias (15:45 min)15m
Lecture 8 - What is Not Forgotten (14:39 min)14m
2 hours to complete

The Social Mind

This topic is Social Psychology and it features some of the most controversial experiments in psychology. Some of these will having you thinking very deeply for a long time after you see them. You'll have time to analyze and interpret our experience with conformity and authority....
8 videos (Total 129 min)
8 videos
Lecture 2 - Authority (16:29 min)16m
Lecture 3 - Protecting the Self (15:04 min)15m
Lecture 4 - Good People Do Bad (16:25 min)16m
Lecture 5 - Bystander Interference (12:00 min)12m
Lecture 6 - Schemas, Stereotypes and Prejudice (16:16 min)16m
Lecture 7 - Competition, Ignorance, Fear and Prejudice (18:28 min)18m
Lecture 8 - Attraction (20:15 min)20m
3 hours to complete

Mental Illness

This topic is Clinical Psychology and you'll learn both about various clinical disorders, and about the therapies commonly used to treat them.You'll be able to extend this knowledge to different disorders. Be careful to not start diagnosing all your friends or family (or yourself!)...
8 videos (Total 162 min)
8 videos
Lecture 2 - Anxiety Disorders (21:58 min)21m
Lecture 3 - Disorders of Emotion (20:32 min)20m
Lecture 4 - Schizophrenia (22:24 min)22m
Lecture 5 - Personality Disorders (15:48 min)15m
Lecture 6 - Insight Therapies (17:53 min)17m
Lecture 7 - Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (20:30 min)20m
Lecture 8 - Biological Treatments (21:44 min)21m
5 hours to complete

Videos by Request

This module is all about you and is about extending our foundational knowledge in the field of psychology so you can discover and describe to others more of what's interesting to you. These curated videos are based on past course requests. We will add new ones as well from time to time as new cohorts make requests. ...
8 videos (Total 220 min), 1 quiz
8 videos
Lecture 2 - Dreams (20:58 min)20m
Lecture 3 - Hypnosis (38:49 min)38m
Lecture 4 - Stages of Development (26:21 min)26m
Lecture 5 - Parent-Child Relationships (27:14 min)27m
Lecture 6 - Intelligence (27:29 min)27m
Lecture 7 - PTSD (23:20 min)23m
Lecture 8 - Love (31:19 min)31m
1 practice exercise
Final Exam30m
2 hours to complete

Final Assignment

Final Peer Assessment Assignment...
1 quiz
10 minutes to complete

Links to Outside Resources

This reading item has links to resources referenced in the course...
1 reading
1 reading
Links to Resources10m
2 hours to complete

Super Optional Videos

These are extras and side videos that you are not tested on. Feel free to watch if you're interested....
8 videos (Total 109 min)
8 videos
Complex Brains working and not12m
Halloween Side Dish Treat24m
Synesthesia Side Dish7m
Anthony Rucco Interview13m
Jessica Dere Interview13m
Until Next Time Beans!1m
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Top Reviews

By HWFeb 17th 2017

I loved every minute of this course! Professor Joordens was very engaging and it was set at just the right pace. I'm looking forward to my next course already! The discussion forums are very helpful.

By ECDec 16th 2016

good course. suitable for starters. I learnt some basics and something interesting. I now can analyse some social events from the psychology point of view. I understand humanity a little bit better.



Steve Joordens

Department of Psychology

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