Program Overview

This psychology XSeries is an introduction to developmental, social, and clinical psychology so you can better understand the human mind and how it drives behavior.
You will learn about:

  • Psychological disorders and how they are treated
  • Why we act the way we do in certain settings and situations
  • How our bodies and minds develop from birth until later in life
  • Methods behind psychological research and how to interpret and report research

What you will learn

  • An understanding of human behaviour in social settings
  • An appreciation for how we develop over our lifespan
  • An introduction to common psychological disorders and how we treat them
  • An understanding of the benefits of systematic research, and how to conduct and report it

This XSeries consists of four courses. The first three courses can be taken in any order. We suggest taking Introduction to Psychological Research Methods last. Each course in this XSeries includes between 7 and 8 sections. You may wish to aim to complete 1 to 2 sections per week.


Introduction to Social Psychology

Course Details
Learn why people think and behave the way they do in social settings.

Introduction to Developmental Psychology

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Learn how we develop over our lifetime, including our ability to think, communicate, and form social attachments.

Introduction to Clinical Psychology

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Learn about the principles underlying psychological therapy and the features and treatment of common mental disorders, including anxiety, depression and schizophrenia.

Introduction to Psychological Research Methods

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Learn how to plan, conduct and analyze psychological research and effectively communicate the results.

Meet your instructors

Roy Baumeister - Pearson Advance

Roy Baumeister

Professor at The University of Queensland Roy F. Baumeister is a social and personality psychologist who seeks to understand the big picture of what human life is all about. His six hundred scientific publications have explored topics that include self and identity, the need to belong, violence and aggression, sexuality, emotion, free will, consciousness, gender differences, self-control and willpower, morality, culture, and how people find meaning in life.
Virginia Slaughter - Pearson Advance

Virginia Slaughter

Professor at The University of Queensland Virginia Slaughter is the Founding Director of the Early Cognitive Development Centre within the School of Psychology. Her research focuses on social and cognitive development in infants and young children. She has been the recipient of several teaching and research awards including an Australian Award for University Teaching and a UQ Foundation Research Excellence Award.
Mark Nielsen - Pearson Advance

Mark Nielsen

Associate Professor at The University of Queensland His research interests lie in a range of inter-related aspects of socio-cognitive development in young human children and non-human primates. His current research is primarily focused on charting the origins and development of human cultural cognition.
Nicole Nelson - Pearson Advance

Nicole Nelson

Lecturer at The University of Queensland Nicole Nelson is a developmental psychologist whose research centres on how children and adults learn about and understand emotional expressions, including how we integrate facial, postural and vocal expression cues; incorporation of situational information into emotion understanding; the role of movement in expression recognition; and how cultural information informs our understanding of others’ expressions.
Nancy Pachana - Pearson Advance

Nancy Pachana

Professor at The University of Queensland Nancy Pachana is a practising clinical geropsychologist and neuropsychologist. Her research focuses on older adults and spans a range of clinical neuropsychological topics such as anxiety in later life, early assessment of dementia, and improving training in geriatric mental health service provision.

Vanessa Cobham

Senior Lecturer at The University of Queensland
Vanessa Cobham is a practising clinical psychologist. She is a Principal Research Fellow at the Mater Research Institute and a Senior Clinical Psychologist in the Child and Youth Mental Health Service in the Children’s Health Queensland Health and Hospital District. Her research focuses on child and adolescent psychopathology, the impact of natural disasters on children, adolescents and families, and the impact of disaster-related post-natal maternal stress on children’s development.
Wen Wu - Pearson Advance

Wen Wu

Instructor at The University of Queensland Wen Wu graduated with her PhD from the School of Psychology at UQ. Her research examines the theory behind the development of expertise in everyday judgement and decision making.
Blake McKimmie - Pearson Advance

Blake McKimmie

Associate Professor at The University of Queensland Blake won a Faculty Teaching Excellence Award in 2010 and a University of Queensland Teaching Excellence Award in 2016. He currently teaches a large introductory psychology course and a second year elective about psychology and law. His research focuses on jury decision-making including the influence of gender-based stereotypes and the influence of different modes of evidence presentation. He is also interested in group membership and attitude-behaviour relations and how group membership influences thinking about the self.