The first week covers key conceptual and historical issues relating to Psychology. It begins with the textbook definition of Psychology as a science of the mind, and asks: what is science, and what is the mind? The next two lectures consider the what and why of Psychology: the objects of psychological study, and the aims of psychological knowledge.
The seventh week focuses on quantitative methods in Psychology. The lectures discusses experimental design, surveys and questionnaires, and the importance of research synthesis.
By the end of this section, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of some of the key problems of defining science (versus non-science) and the mind (versus the brain), and of how psychological knowledge is shaped by both the ways we describe mental phenomena, and the wider aims of science and society.
Reading for these lectures can be found on Learn.