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Introduction to Psychology

Find out more about Monash University's program of courses called 'Introduction to Psychology'.
MATTHEW MUNDY: What is the human mind? And how does it function to shape our behaviour, the way we learn, and inform the way we perceive and engage with the world? These are the questions at the heart of psychology. But the well-regarded scientific discipline of psychology that we know today has only been around for 100 years. Hi. I’m Matthew Mundy. And I’m the Director of Education for the School of Psychological Sciences at Monash University in Australia. And I’m the lead educator for the Introduction to Psychology program. In this program, you’ll be introduced to the fascinating discipline of psychology. You’ll learn about its origins and the scientific pioneers who helped to shape it.
You’ll explore key psychological theories on learning, development, perception, and personality. What does it mean for psychology to be considered a science? Scientific inquiry is at the heart of psychology. Being able to effectively carry out research and then communicate your findings are essential skills for psychologists to have. In this program, you’ll have the opportunity to hone your skills alongside other learners to apply psychological principles and theories to real-world situations. This program is designed for everyone, regardless of your experience or background. No prior study of psychology is required or expected.
However, if you’ve already completed a bachelor degree in a discipline other than psychology and you’re interested in taking your study of psychology further, you would be able to receive additional benefit from completing this course. This program can give academic credit at Monash. If you successfully complete the courses in this program and if you apply for and are accepted into the Monash University fully-online Graduate Diploma of Psychology, you will receive credit for one of the foundation units in that course. So, if you are interested in psychology and in the study of psychology, this programme is for you.
If you’re ready to complete a set of courses that prepares you to enter a fully-online course by a school of psychological sciences that is ranked among the best in the world, then I encourage you to join us in this introduction to psychology from Monash University.

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If your study of mindfulness with Monash University has got you interested in the human mind and behaviour, you may be interested in a new program of courses called Introduction to Psychology, which is now being offered by Monash.

You can choose from six two-week courses on topics including the History and Science of Psychology, Psychology of Personality, Developmental Psychology, and The Psychology of Learning, and more. Each course is stand-alone, and the six courses can be taken in any order.

Learn more about the program

Visit the Introduction to Psychology program page to learn more about the other courses that make up the program, and register your interest.

Continue your study at Monash

If you’d like to take your studies further, the Introduction to Psychology program offers a pathway into the online Graduate Diploma of Psychology at Monash University, with the possibility of gaining academic credit towards this fully-accredited postgraduate course.

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