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Do you hate making decisions? Does the ability of others to make snap decisions really frustrate you? This free course will help you understand some of the processes involved in decision making. Attention to the psychology of decision making and the social context in which decisions are made can improve your understanding of others and yourself.
Course learning outcomes
After studying this course, you should be able to:
- have greater insight into decision-making processes
- use that insight to make more effective decisions
- possess a range of different perspectives on what counts as an ‘effective’ decision
- be better equipped to understand and influence the decision-making processes of other individuals and groups
- understand better how people perceive and decide about risk.
First Published: 09/08/2012
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- Learning outcomes
- 1 Making decisions
- 2 Understanding your own approach
- 3 The rational-economic perspective and its problems
- 4 A psychological perspective
- 5 A sociological perspective
- 5 A sociological perspective
- 5.1 Introduction
- 5.2 The social construction of reality
- 5.3 Social institutions
- 5.4 The pursuit of legitimacy
- 5.5 Social pressures which affect our decision making
- 5.6 A way of dealing with social pressures: decoupling
- 6 Risk and decision making
- 7 Making a difference to decision making
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