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Psychological Approaches - A Comparison

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About the Course

This course, by Dr Ayoub Bouguettaya (University of Birmingham), explores the five main psychological approaches. In the first module, we think about the psychodynamic approach and its famous founder, Sigmund Freud. Next, we consider the behavioural approach and its overt focus on observable phenomena. In the third module, we think about the cognitive approach and its views of human consciousness as abstract. We then consider the biological approach and its tight integration with modern medicine. In the fifth module, we think about the humanistic approach and its ubiquitous presence in modern therapeutic interventions throughout the Western world. In the sixth and final module, we consider how these approaches interact and overlap.

About the Lecturer

Dr Ayoub Bouguettaya is a lecturer in the School of Psychology at the University of Birmingham. His research centres around social psychology and how knowledge from that field can be applied to others, particularly health. Dr Bouguettaya is interested in how we can apply social identity theory to societal problems, as well as investigating the different perspectives one might taken on those issues. His recent publications have spanned a breadth of topics including social identification, eating behaviours, conspiracy theories, and behavioural economics.

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