Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Free MOOC Psychology course and certificate (online course on psychology) from top global institutes

Hello Friends
MOOC (Massive Online Open Course) has been creating buzz globally recently. Many top universities including those on Ivy League have started to offer many introductory courses and other useful courses through this platform. I wish our top Indian Universities and institutes like University of Delhi, IITs, IIMs could also offer the same. Lately, IITs have started to offer such courses but I do not think the kind of programme they are offering has any value.

Who should opt MOOCs
Anybody who is interested to gain knowledge should opt MOOC course. While writing this article, I feel that even a college students who have to opt a specilised course should go through range of MOOC course available. This will surely help them to take the decision as they get introduction to the subject.
Apart from these two categories, people interested to upgrade their knowledge and skills, working professionals etc. should also opt MOOC.
Through my blog and articles, I have always advised people to opt MOOC over the most of the junk, useless, paper MBAs offered by various accredited and unaccredited institutes.

MOOC Psychology Course
I am fascinated about the word and subject Psychology. It has very strong association with business and in business it matters a lot. In this blogpost, I have shortlisted few psychology MOOC. These courses are useful for trainers, educators, students, managers, individual employees, employers and anybody who is interested in psychology. These all courses are free. These courses can be started anytime as they are not time bounded course.

Please go ahead and sign up for the subject area you are interested. (I am opting psychology major J )


Social Psychology (Coursera)
This course will introduce you to the concepts and ideas in the area of social psychology. Social Psychology aims to discover the different ways in which people interact with other individuals, groups, and the larger society as a whole, as well as why people act in certain ways.

Introduction to Psychology - EXC (

This course will introduce you to the fundamental principles of psychology and to the major subjects of psychological inquiry. It has been designed to not only provide you with the tools necessary for the study of psychology but to present you with a sampling of the major areas of psychology research. (Credit through Excelsior College)

Cognitive Psychology (UNINETTUNO)

The course presents students an overview of Cognitive Psychology as science, and of its research methods, starting from its origin and from the greatest psychological schools.

Psychology Major (

As a Psychology Major, you will learn to think critically and scientifically about human behavior and mental processes. You will work to understand human problems and provide practical solutions to them.

Core Program

·         PSYCH101-EXC: Introduction to Psychology     
·         PSYCH201/MA121: Introduction to Statistics     
·         PSYCH202A: Research Methods     
·         PSYCH202B: Research Methods Lab     
·         PSYCH203/BIO101: Introduction to Molecular and Cellular Biology     
·         PSYCH204/BIO102: Introduction to Evolutionary Biology and Ecology     
·         PSYCH205: Clinical Psychology     
·         PSYCH206: Cognitive Psychology      

Elective Courses

·         PSYCH301: Social Psychology     
·         PSYCH302A: Lifespan Development     
·         PSYCH303: Educational Psychology     
·         PSYCH304: Industrial/Organizational Psychology     
·         PSYCH305: The Psychology of Learning and Behavior     
·         PSYCH306: Sensation and Perception     
·         PSYCH401: Abnormal Behavior     
·         PSYCH402: Neuropsychology     
·         PSYCH403: Cultural Psychology     
·         PSYCH404: Psychotherapy     
·         PSYCH406: Gender and Sexuality     

Educational Psychology (

Educational psychologists work to understand how to strcture educational systems in order to meet the mental and emotional needs of students. They study how people learn, identify and suggest efficient teaching methods, and evaluate the effectiveness of various educational policies and practices.
Educational psychologists work to understand how to strcture educational systems in order to meet the mental and emotional needs of students. They study how people learn, identify and suggest efficient teaching methods, and evaluate the effectiveness of various educational policies and practices. Below are a few examples of their matters of concern:

The Psychology of Learning and Behavior (

This course introduces learners to the principles of learning and behavior by surveying relevant theoretical and empirical approaches within psychology. The overall emphasis is on the theoretical foundations of psychology as they relate to human learning and behavior.

Economics, psychology, and neuroscience are converging today into a unified discipline of Neuroeconomics with the ultimate aim of providing a single, general theory of human decision making. Neuroeconomics provides economists, psychologists and social scientists with a deeper understanding of how they make their own decisions, and how others decide.

Psychology of Negotiations (Leuphana)

In this course, participants will gain hands-on negotiation skills and work together in teams of five to learn more about the psychological processes of negotiations in the scope of Commons.

Fantasy and Science Fiction: The Human Mind, Our Modern World (Coursera)

We understand the world — and our selves — through stories. Then some of those hopes and fears become the world.
Fantasy is a key term both in psychology and in the art and artifice of humanity. The things we make, including our stories, reflect, serve, and often shape our needs and desires. We see this everywhere from fairy tale to kiddie lit to myth; from "Cinderella" to Alice in Wonderland to Superman; from building a fort as a child to building ideal, planned cities as whole societies. Fantasy in ways both entertaining and practical serves our persistent needs and desires and illuminates the human mind.

Presumed Innocent? The Social Science of Wrongful Conviction (Coursera)

The United States criminal justice system is typically an accurate and efficient system—although, as a human creation, it is not perfect. This course will employ a social scientific perspective to understand why innocent people are sometimes convicted of crimes they did not commit. In this course we will discuss wrongful convictions, their causes, and their solutions.

Forensic Psychology: Witness Investigation (FutureLearn)

Discover how psychology can help obtain evidence from eyewitnesses in police investigations and prevent miscarriages of justice.
Explore how your own mind works, and discover how the limitations of the human brain can lead to major miscarriages of justice.

The Social Context of Mental Health and Illness (Coursera)

Learn about how social factors that promote mental health can influence the onset and course of mental illness, and how mental illnesses are diagnosed and treated.

That’s all for today. If you are a student planning to pursue career in Psychology, please go through the course and then decide.


June 11, 2014

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