Undergraduate Course: Clinical Psychological Problems in Context (PSYL10122)
|School||School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course examines the ecology of psychological problems within a developmental framework. In doing so it explores some of the contexts at a micro and macro level that impact on psychological well-being, from early relationships to the effect of poverty and social exclusion.
The goal of this course is to explore the ecology of psychological problems within a developmental framework. In doing so it will explore some of the contexts at a micro and macro level that impact on psychological well-being, from early relationships to the effect of poverty and social exclusion.
The course will look critically at the scientific evidence for these, and use case material to illustrate them. We will also examine how we conceptualise help seeking, collaborative understanding and recovery and how this has been influenced by the emergence of the 'lived experience' movement provided by those who use mental health services.
The course will be based on a core textbook supplemented by current, relevant academic studies. This course offers the opportunity to think about the aetiology of psychological problems, how these manifest themselves and how they are experienced by individuals.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
|| Students MUST have passed:
Psychology 2A (PSYL08011) AND
Psychology 2B (PSYL08012)
||Other requirements|| Research Methods and Statistics (PPLS08001) is recommended.
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting students should have at least 3 Psychology courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this). This should include demonstrable background in social and/or developmental psychology. We will only consider University/College level courses.
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2017/18, Available to all students (SV1)
||Block 4 (Sem 2)
|Course Start Date
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 20,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Essay: 3,000 words (100%)
||Essay: review of an outline essay plan to be submitted by email within two weeks of the final lecture. The plan should be no more than 600 words in length and should be formatted as a list of headings with a brief description of content under each. Comments on the plan will be returned within seven days; the essay deadline will be at least two weeks later than this return date, allowing students to make use of the feedback
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Knowledge of the ecological and developmental models of mental health
- An understanding of the impact of early beginnings and the centrality of attachment
- Knowledge of the impact of multiple adversities upon psychological well-being
- Understanding of the role of poverty and social exclusion on access to care
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Research & Enquiry:
Provide clear, well-organised arguments concerning the contexts, which influence psychological health and to identify, define and analyse how the development of problems may occur.
Personal & Intellectual Autonomy:
Ability to read texts critically, with an awareness of the assumptions and attitudes that underlie them and underpin interpretation.
The ability to work independently.
Communicate effectively with other people, using verbal and written means.
|Course organiser||Dr Stella Chan
Tel: (0131 6)51 3935
|Course secretary||Ms Catherine Renton
Tel: (0131 6)50 3602