Postgraduate Course: Critical Psychology and Child Mental Health (CLPS11044)
|School||School of Health in Social Science
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course is taught entirely online and is an option on the MSc Mental Health in Children and Young People: Psychological Approaches (OL); it can also be taken as a CPD option. The course will introduce students to critical psychology and a number of associated theories. It will encourage students to question what psychology is and what it does, paying particular attention to developmental psychology theories and psychological and psychiatric explanations of children's mental health difficulties.
The aims of this course are as follows:
- To examine the practical and philosophical implications of debates between
mainstream and critical approaches to psychology.
- To critically examine theories of child developmental.
- To critically examine commonly accepted explanations of childhood mental
- To consider alternative explanations of childhood mental health difficulties.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2019/20, Available to all students (SV1)
|Course Start Date
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Peer-led critical appraisal (30%)
Critical discourse analysis project (70%)
||Formative feedback will be given on a critical appraisal.
Summative feedback will be given on the critical appraisal and critical discourse project via Learn.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate a firm understanding of a range of critical theories.
- Draw on social constructionist accounts to evaluate psychological knowledge in relation to children.
- Demonstrate skills in critical discourse analysis and its application to discourses of children's mental health.
- Demonstrate skills in reflexivity in relation to the production of psychological knowledge.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||* Research and enquiry skills, including evaluation and critical
* Personal and intellectual autonomy skills, including
accountability and working with others
* Technical and practical skills
* Communication, numeracy and IT skills
|Course organiser||Dr Charles Marley
Tel: (0131 6)51 3970
|Course secretary||Mrs Lorna Sheal
Tel: (0131 6)51 3970