20 credits at level HE6
This course is designed to examine the attitudes, customs and institutions related to terrorism, victimology, loss and psychological trauma in contemporary society. The module will focus on findings and theory relevant to understanding developmental issues associated with traumatic stress. The course will consider both childhood and lifespan development and will look at the course material from a cognitive, social, clinical and biopsychological perspective. Multiple views will be addressed, such as the psychological and philosophical aspects as well as several theoretical approaches from a sociological perspective to facilitate a better understanding of the changes taking place in contemporary attitudes towards loss and trauma. Familiar topics, such as coping with loss, loss associated with close relationships will be investigated as well as unfamiliar topics, such as the psychology of terrorism, psychological resiliency and the psychology of disaster.
2. Bereavement and the grieving process
4. Loss and trauma associated with specific populations
5. Loss and trauma associated with close relationships
6. Environmental disasters
7. Post-traumatic stress disorder
8. Coping as reality construction
9. Positive psychology and traumatology
11. Psychological Resiliency
This is a standard 14 week module consisting of 12 weeks of class contact. The course aims and objectives are to place the various topics in a psychological context in order to enable a better understanding, critical thinking and a rationalized conceptual framework. The topics will be studied against the background of globalization and the interface with psychologcial concepts.
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||Review societal and individual response models to the salient issues embedded in terrorism, victimology, loss and trauma||Identify and explain basic concepts, terminology and theories as demonstrated by the acquired knowledge of key concepts in trauma and disaster psychology.|
|2.||Increase sensitivity to the multi-dimensional nature of loss and trauma in our modern day culture.||Demonstrate advanced understanding of trauma and/or disaster psychology research in terms of basic concepts and conceptual framework.|
|3.||Understand how societies cope with the issues of loss and trauma on individuals, communities and on a national basis.||Link trauma/disaster psychology concepts to relevant contemporary theories in psychology.|
|4.||Grounding of information and theories of loss and trauma in a research context.||Defining the cultural relevance of research findings in the area of truma/disaster psychology.|
|5.||Examine the implications in modern society on the diverse issues of loss and trauma.||Provide a balanced, diverse view of trauma/disaster psychology research findings.|
|6.||Increases the knowledge base of loss and trauma with special emphasis on moral, legal and ethical implications.||Understand the impact of diverse philosophical, ethical or religious views in trauma/disaster psychology.|
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||Students will prepare a 2,000 word literature review on 2 scholarly/research papers.||Students will prepare a 2,000 word review on either a book or film.|
There are no prerequisites for this module.
No restrictions apply.
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Rothschild, B. (2000). The body remembers. New York: W.W. Norton, Company.
Stern, J. (2003). Terror in the Name of God: Why Religious Militants Kill. New York: HarperCollins.
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