Free course

Making sense of ourselves

Free statement of participation on completion
Making sense of ourselves Copyright free Icon

This free course, Making sense of ourselves, introduces you to well-known psychological topics by asking and answering everyday questions, such as Why don’t we like one another? Why would I hang around with you? Do you see what I see? What’s the point of childhood? You’ll learn how psychologists can go about addressing these questions using different research tools and approaches.

Course learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • explain some of the key aspects of prejudice and how and why they are important
  • describe basic elements in the study of the psychology of personal relationships such as love and friendship
  • understand how visual illusions are used to explore the visual system and how psychologists research vision
  • understand the role of theory of mind in researching child development.

First Published: 26/10/2018

Updated: 03/04/2020

Skip Rate and Review

Take your learning further

Making the decision to study can be a big step, which is why you'll want a trusted University. The Open University has 50 years’ experience delivering flexible learning and 170,000 students are studying with us right now. Take a look at all Open University courses.

If you are new to University-level study, we offer two introductory routes to our qualifications. You could either choose to start with an Access module, or a module which allows you to count your previous learning towards an Open University qualification. Read our guide on Where to take your learning next for more information.

Not ready for formal University study? Then browse over 1000 free courses on OpenLearn and sign up to our newsletter to hear about new free courses as they are released.

Every year, thousands of students decide to study with The Open University. With over 120 qualifications, we’ve got the right course for you.

Request an Open University prospectus371