Introduction to Psychology

  • Course level: All Levels


Gain a broad overview of psychology and master its basic principles

Developed by one of the world’s top-ranked universities, Monash, this ExpertTrack has been created to provide a broad overview of the science of psychology, from developmental and biological psychology, through to sensation perception and the psychology of learning.

The principles of psychology can be applied across a range of industries, such as teaching, counselling, marketing and human resources. Once you’ve understood them, they’ll be invaluable in helping you excel in your chosen field.

Discover the history of psychology

You’ll find out about the history of psychology, covering its split from philosophy, examining the contributions of key figures, and exploring how it became the fascinating discipline it is today.

You’ll master the fundamental principles of the scientific method, which you can then apply across your professional and academic work.

Once you’ve understood the background of psychological enquiry, you’ll move onto more detailed discoveries around early behavioural psychology, cognitive psychology and clinical psychology.

Explore the world of developmental psychology

As you grow your understanding of human development and lifespan theories you will consider the various stages of human development and the impact they have as life progresses.

You’ll also examine the nature versus nurture discussion and explore the critical thinking skills required to carry out research within the discipline.

Understand the psychology of sensation and perception

Discover how the senses combine to help us perceive and respond to our environment.

Once you’ve completed this section of the course, you’ll understand how the study of sensation helps to further our understanding of perception and how it shapes our view of the world.

Learn with psychology experts at Monash University

The Monash University School of Psychological Sciences is ranked amongst the best in the world. [1]

It offers a full programme of award courses accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC), including its fully-online Graduate Diploma of Psychology.

You’ll learn with expert academics from a school that is also world-renowned for its research into key issues around sleep, addiction, neurodevelopment and neuro-degeneration.

What Will I Learn?

  • Classical conditioning
  • Operant conditioning
  • Principles of perception
  • Introduction to genetics
  • Heredity and genetic disorders
  • Lifespan theories
  • Defining and assessing personality
  • Trait theories and biological influences
  • Freudian theories
  • The origins of psychology
  • Cognitive psychology
  • Clinical psychology