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Undergraduate Course: Current Psychology 1 (PSYL10173)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityPart-year visiting students only
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course aims to cover a range of topics within psychological science, from the theoretical to the applied, considering both the accumulation of our understanding of psychology, and examining how they relate to everyday life. Across 10 weeks, students will have the chance to learn about diverse social, cognitive, developmental, individual, and biological components of the human experience. On completion of the course, students will have a broad grounding in contemporary psychology, and will have explored how we can use psychological science to understand the world around us.
Course description The course aims to introduce students to the breadth of academic psychology. Unlike pre-honours psychology courses, which aim to build a foundation for learning additional contemporary psychology, this course provides a series of self-contained lectures. Across the span of 10 weeks, students will cover a range of topics within contemporary psychology, taught by experts in each field.

In the first and final weeks of the course, we will provide introduction and consolidation lectures, respectively. These aim to outline and synthesise the eight weeks of lectures between them. During these core eight weeks a group of lecturers will provide 2-hour specialist lectures, each on a specific psychological topic. Examples may include lectures on how psychology can inform our romantic relationships; how it may help us understand our personality; how it may explain how children learn to speak; and how political change can (fail to) happen.

By the completion of the course, students will have acquired knowledge a variety of contemporary topics in psychology, with a particular emphasis on each topic's relevance beyond the discipline.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Must be a visiting student to enrol
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2022/23, Part-year visiting students only (VV1) Quota:  50
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 20, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 176 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 80% - Weekly electronic MCQ
20% - Research Participation
Feedback At mid-semester, students will provide written feedback on the course to the course co-ordinator. The course co-ordinator will then report on this feedback, and on the changes that will and will not be implemented, to the students the following week.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Understand how current psychological studies are conducted.
  2. Understand key aspects of psychological theories and study design.
  3. Critically assess the capacity of current psychology to understand the world around us.
Reading List
Reading lists will vary depending on the combination of specialist topics covered in a specific year. There will be up to three academic papers provided as 'Essential' reading for each lecture.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Outlook and engagement with the world, personal and intellectual autonomy
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Stephen Loughnan
Tel: (0131 6)50 9861
Course secretaryMiss Georgiana Gherasim
Tel: (0131 6)50 3440
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