20 credits at level HE6
The module comprises 5 lectures on Social Psychology and 7 lectures on Abnormal Psychology. The aims of the module are to:
1. Increase students' critical understanding of social psychology
2. Foster a critical appraisal of a number of key issues related to the conceptualisation and treatment of a range of psychological disorders.
Atttitudes and attitude change.
The Social Nature of Language
Social Identity and Social Categorisation Treatment
The Social Self
Anxiety and Somatoform Disorders
Mood Disorders - Depression and Manic Depression
Psychotic Disorders - Schizophrenia
This is a standard 14 week module consisting of 12 weeks of teaching, a study/ revision week followed by an end of module exam in week 14. Each session will consist of one lecture (approximately 1.5 hours) and a group discussion/seminar/workshop (1 hour). Assessments comprise a 2,000 word essay on the topics covered within the first 5 weeks of the course (Social Psychology) and a 3 hour time-limited assessment in week 14 on the material taught in weeks 6-12 (Abnormal Psychology). The two titles for social psychology essay are taken from topics offered in the first 5 weeks of the module.
The 3 hour exmaination paper on Abnormal Psychology comprises two sections: Section A consists of unseen questions on topics covered in weeks 6-9 inclusive. Students must answer two questions.Section B consists of a "prepared answer" in which the student presents an extract from the diary of an imagined individual diagnosed with a particular psychological disorder. The choice of topic for the diary is drawn from the three disorders presented in weeks 10-12 inclusive.
Learning outcomes 1, 4, 5 and 7 are assessed by coursework and learning outcomes 2, 3, 6 and 8 are assessed by time limited assessment.
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||Demonstrate a critical and systematic understanding of a variety of social psychological topics in terms of current research.||Critical evaluation of a variety of current debates in social psychology.|
|2.||Demonstrate knowledge and ability to critically evaluate the theoretical models used to explain and treat the symptoms of a range of psychological disorders||Synthesis and critque of information relating to models and treatment of a number of exmaples of psychological disorders|
|3.||Show awareness of the realtive efficacy of treatment approaches||The ability to assess the success of treatment approaches in the context of specific psychological disorders|
|4.||The ability to demonstrate critical thinking and appraisal of social psychology course material||Construction and assessment of the adequacy of social psychological arguments|
|5.||Demonstrate synthetic thinking||The ability to integrate and relate material appropriate to a defined question or issue in social psychology|
|6.||Synthesise information from a number of sources to gain an understanding of the possible reasons for a psychologically abnormal state and the effects there would be on thought, feelings and behaviour.||Appreciation of the phenomenology in a description of a disorder.|
|7.||Experience and understand a range of current paradigmatic approaches and their analysis||Presentation, critique and defence of a number of current paradigms.|
|8.||Demonstration of an eclectic, flexible perspective in relation to understanding the nature of psychopathology||Synthesize a range of persepctives seeking to explain the causes of a specific psychological disorder and show their strengths and weaknesses.|
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||2,000 word essay on social psychology.||3 hour unseen examination|
Before taking this module you must have successfully completed the following:
No restrictions apply.
Antaki,C. (1981) Ed. The Psychology of ordinary explanations of social behaviour. Academic Press, London (Out of print but in Library)
Bracken, B. (1996). Handbook of Self-Concept. NY: John Wiley & Sons.
Brehm, S.S. M. Kassin, S.M. & Fein, S.(2002) Social Psychology 5th Edition. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin Company.
Gleason, J. Berko (2001) The development of language. 5th ed. Allyn and Bacon.
Barlow, D.H. and Durand, V., M. (2005) Abnormal Psychology: An Integrative Approach. (4th ed) London. Wadsworth.
Carson, R. C., Butcher, J. N., and Mineka, S. (2000) Abnormal Psychology and Modern Life (11th Ed). London. Allyn & Bacon.
Costello, T.W., Costello, J. T., and Holmes, D.A. (1995) Abnormal Psychology. London. Harper Collins. (Out of print but available in the Library)
Frude, N (1998) Understanding Abnormal Psychology. Oxford. Blackwell
Holmes, D. A. (1998) The Essence of Abnormal Psychology. London. Prentice Hall.
Kendall, P.C., and Hammen., C. (1998) Abnormal Psychology – Understanding Human Problems. Boston. Houghton Mifflin.
|Host Subject Group:||Psychology and Life Sciences|
|User Name||Date Accessed||Action|