To understand the psychological and behavioural processes on which lasting learning results from experience.


In this course, participants will get input about major learning theories and get to understand of how humans do learn, process and remember information. Course participants will also consider and get examples on how practitioners can use these theories to explain behavior in cross-cultural contexts.

Target audience

Depending on the background of the participants, the course is suitable for beginner to advanced levels in the fields of, for example, education, people management, marketing, and social work. The course offers the fundamentals and deepening excursions related to the psychology of learning and human behavior and therefore is valuable for anybody who wants to get a solid introduction or inspiring refresh of their knowledge.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course participants will be able to:

  1. Understand and apply the study of learning and its historical roots
  2. Apply social learning theory and principles of learning
  3. Apply principles and motivation of learning
  4. Reflect on their personal achievements, based on self-assessment and external evaluation to enhance employability

Course Introduction

This is an exciting and rapidly evolving field where the course participants have the opportunity to strengthen their knowledge of the links between the psychology of learning and the application of best practice.

The course is structured into the following lessons:

Course structure Lesson
Section A1: The History and Philosophy of Learning
–       History and Philosophy of Learning Theory A1
–       Learning and Lifespan Development A2
Section A2: Behaviorism and Human Learning
–       Biology and Language in Learning A3
–       Animal-Human Similarity in Learning A4
Section A3: Social Learning
–       Egocentrism and Empathy A5
–       Social Learning and Developing a Growth Mindset A6
–       The Power of Intention A7
Section A4: Brain and Memory in Learning
–       Cooperative Learning A8
–       Learning from Differences and Diversity A9
Section A5: Learning and Motivation
–       Learned Helplessness A10
–       Overcoming Psychological Traps for Improved Learning A11
Section A6: Learner Profiles and Strategies
–       Introduction to Learner Profiles and Strategies A12
–       Brain and Working Memory A13


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