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Postgraduate Course: Conceptual and Theoretical Psychology (CLPS11053)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Health in Social Science CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis course will consider key approaches and concepts in psychology and focus on the relevance of psychology for everyday issues and mental health.
Course description The course will be taught face-to-face 10 x 1 hour tutorials involving class discussions and group work. The tutorials will run in semester 2. Each tutorial will involve students engaging with readings and resources before the class and working in groups within the class. There will be a strong focus on collaborative learning and peer support and the tutors will facilitate and co-ordinate the learning activities rather than direct them. It is expected that this will encourage self-directed and self-regulated learning among students in addition to good group work skills.

This course is an opportunity for students to reflect upon: psychology as a discipline, different professions within psychology, applications of psychology to understanding mental health, and the relevance of psychology for every day lives. Throughout the tutorials discussion will demonstrate that mental health is influenced by many psychological factors, including: biological factors, cognitive and developmental processes, social contexts and individual differences. A parallel theme is that knowledge of psychology has relevance to many aspects of professional and everyday life.

The course is a core component of the MSc Psychology of Mental Health (Conversion) but will be open to others at the discretion of the course organiser.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2019/20, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  200
Course Start Semester 2
Course Start Date 13/01/2020
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 88 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Summative assessment will comprise of one 2,000 word essay.
Feedback Formative assessment will involve class activities where students receive tutor and peer feedback on a presentation during tutorial 7.

Summative feedback will be given on the essay via Learn.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate in-depth knowledge and critical understanding of psychology as a science.
  2. Demonstrate psychological literacy in all aspects of students' lives.
  3. Demonstrate critical reflection on how psychological perspectives can aid our understanding of mental health and illness.
Reading List
Benjamin, L. T. Jr (2006). A Brief History of Modern Psychology. Wiley-Blackwell.

Brysbaert, M. & Rastle, M. (2009). Historical and Conceptual Issues in Psychology. Harlow: Pearson Education Limited.

Cromby, J. Harper, D., & Reavey, P. (2013). Psychology, Mental Health and Distress. New York, NY, US: Palgrave Macmillan.

Fancher, R. E. & Rutherford, A. (2011). Pioneers of Psychology: A History (4th ed). New York, NY, US: W W Norton & Co.

Gross, R. (2012). Key Studies in Psychology (6th ed.). Arnold Publication.

Hunt, M. (2007). The Story of Psychology (2nd ed.). California, US, Anchor Books.

Meltzoff, J. (1998). Critical Thinking about Research: Psychology and Related Fields. Washington, DC, US: American Psychological Association.

The Psychologist (selected articles)
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Develop your research knowledge that will enable you to discuss, share, present and analyse data and information in various formats and from a range of sources.
Develop your critical reflection and writing skills
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Melina Kyranides
Tel: (0131 6)51 5148
Course secretaryMr Timothy Abbot
Tel: (0131 6)50 8498
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