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About this course

What is the secret to a life well lived? People may accumulate wealth and success, and yet find themselves feeling lonely and unfulfilled – what’s missing?

The empirical evidence is unusually clear: the most significant determinant in how happy, healthy, and long a life we lead is our social connection, that is, how connected we feel to other human beings. In many societies, however, loneliness has been on the rise, attributed variously to pandemic restrictions, an increasing reliance on digital interactions, or an emphasis on individualism over community.

This course examines why nurturing supportive relationships matter to mental health and how people create bonds with one another. You will learn about the types of social network, and how different people nurture their networks, especially when entering new social environments or facing a life transition. You will also investigate why people can be naturally suspicious of those who seem at first glance to be ‘different’, and how human beings can nonetheless form successful diverse interconnected communities.

This exciting course spans several areas of psychology, including evolutionary, social, and clinical psychology, and the psychology of individual differences, to explore how and why humans choose social connection with others.

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Learning outcomes

By the end of this course, you will:

  • Be able to examine critically the role of nurturing supportive relationship on mental health and wellbeing.
  • Be able to demonstrate knowledge of different types of social networks and how people navigate them.
  • Be able to demonstrate awareness of research into wellbeing, individual differences, and social psychology.
  • Be able to evaluate critically empirical findings from psychological research.

Who is this course suitable for?

This course would suit students from a range of disciplines, including not only students with prior experience of Psychology interested in a modern area of research, but also students without formal academic experience in the subject but who are interested in a scientific study of social relationships.

Dates and availability

Available as a Residential or Online course on the following date:

Session 1: 24th June to 12th July 2024

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