20 credits at level HE6
1. To analyse in depth aspects of the origins and development of key notions of Western thought and their influence upon psychology.
2. To increase students’ critical awareness of the social context of science and its impact on psychology.
Ways of formulating arguments
The classical world and the origins of philosophy
The Medieval world view
The fall of reason: New ways of conceptualising rationalities
The science of psychology and the concept of science.
Darwin and psychology.
Psychology and social control
Psychoanalysis & Social Critique
Mental Illness & reality
This is a standard 14 week module consisting of 12 weeks of class contact, one study/revision week followed by an end of module time-limited assessment in week 14. There will be 3 hours per week class contact, each session will consist of two lectures and group discussion (1.5 hours each) There will be an opportunity for students to present seminar material in each session after the third week. The aim of the first lecture is to give students the appropriate awareness of styles of argument formulation and presentation. The remaining lectures in the first half of the course will give students required knowledge of philosophical concepts. In the second part of the course the sessions will facilitate students in formulation of their own perspective on a number of issues relevant to their understanding of the nature of the discipline (see outcomes below). The emphasis of the module is upon depth of understanding rather than breadth of knowledge hence the coursework assessment will consist of an essay linking philosophical themes with relevant psychological concepts, together with a formative seminar presentation on a specific philosopher or issue and the final time limited assessment will be in the form of a seen examination lasting 2 hours 15 minutes. The titles for the seen examination will be given at least 6 weeks in advance and the two essays will be written in class using not more than one page of notes per question.
Learning outcomes 1 and 2 will be assessed in the time-limited assessment with two questions, one directed primarily to the first assessment criterion and one to the second. Learning outcomes 3 & 4 will be assessed by an essay and seminar presentation (a formative assessment linked to the time-limited assessment) will give students the opportunity to demonstrate success on achieving the assessment criteria. Learning outcome 5: all assessment methods will assess this skill as part of the marking criteria. Learning outcome 6 will be assessed in the time-limited assessment and essay will assess all relevant skills.
Module time allocations are:
Class contact = 36 hours
Time limited assessment = 3 hours
Private study = 161 hours (to include recommended reading, independent study, preparation of coursework, and revision)
TOTAL = 200 hours
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||evaluate the contribution of philosophical concepts to current psychological theories.||synthesise philosophical positions and psychological concepts.|
|2.||appraise the historical context and current framing of contemporary issues in psychology.||
2a. appraise the relationship between social issues and
claims to psychological knowledge.
2b. assess the continuity in ways of knowing.
|3.||evaluate and assess the validity of various accounts of knowledge including ‘scientific’ knowledge in a psychological context.||judge the relevance of different approaches.|
|4.||demonstrate synthetic thinking||integrate material from a variety of sources.|
|5.||reflect upon the foundations of psychological knowledge.
||criticise and justify an epistemological position.|
|6.||prepare well structured arguments and present them.||present and evaluate a specific position.|
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||2000 word essay||3 hour unseen examination|
There are no prerequisites for this module.
No restrictions apply.
Bhaskar R. (1975). A realist theory of science. Leeds: Books.
Capra F. (1983). The turning point: science, society and the rising culture. London: Fontana.
Hamlyn D.W. (1987). The pelican history of western philosophy. London: Penguin.
Kuhn T.S. (1996). The structure of scientific revolutions. (3rd ed) Chicago: University of Chicago.
* Leahey T.H. (2003). A history of psychology. (6th ed) London: Prentice Hall.
Marsh, P., Rosser E. & Harré R. (1978). The rules of disorder. London: Routledge and Kegan Paul.
Popper K.R. (1963). Conjectures and refutations: the growth of scientific knowledge. London: Routledge and Kegan Paul.
Rose N. (1989). Governing the soul: the shaping of the private self. London: Routledge.
Rose N. (1985). The psychological complex: psychology, politics and society in England,1869 to 1939. London: Routledge and Kegan Paul. (Out of print but in Library)
Scull A.(Ed.) (1981). Madhouses, mad-doctors and madmen: the social history of psychiatry in the Victorian era. London: Athlone.
(Out of print but in Library)
Smith J.A. and Harré R. (Eds.) (1995) Rethinking psychology. London: Sage.
* Key Text
Students will be expected to search for, select and review current journal articles on the topics covered.
|Host Subject Group:||Psychology and Life Sciences|
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