Undergraduate Course: Psychological Perspectives on Health and Care (SHSS10005)
|School||School of Health in Social Science
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This is a compulsory course for students in the third year of the MA Health, Science and Society. Building on the teaching in the first and second year, this course seeks to support students to develop a critical understanding of the theories and practice of health and mental health from a psychological perspective. The structure will follow the natural life span of individuals, through childhood, adolescence, adulthood to older adulthood, illustrating key psychological concepts and theories and their application on health and care.
This course aims to support students to develop a critical understanding of health and mental health care from a psychological perspective. Drawing upon the research and teaching expertise of the Section of Clinical Psychology within the School of Health in Social Science, students will develop a knowledge base of the key psychological concepts and theories in relation to health and mental health. Students will also learn to link theories with practice and develop a critical reflection on how theories can inform evidence based practice in health and mental health care. The course structure will follow the natural life span, from childhood, adolescence, adulthood to older adulthood. In the context of this developmental framework, psychological theories and psychotherapies related to common mental health problems including, for example, anxiety, depression, and psychosis, will also be covered.
Contents & Structure
This course will consist of 10 one-hour interactive teaching sessions, and 10 one-hour tutorials with student-led activities
The first one will be an introductory session with an overview of the course structure, learning outcomes, and assessment requirement. This lecture will give an introduction to key psychological theories and concepts and their application to health and mental health across life span. The following teaching sessions will cover a range of topics, such as the importance of early life experiences, neurodevelopmental disorders, eating disorders and body image, psychological disorders in adolescents, severe mental health problems and psychological treatments in adults, health and mental health care in older adults, psychological approaches for supporting individuals with intellectual disabilities or long term health conditions.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting students should have studied on at least 2 University / College level social science courses (such as Health Studies, Sociology, Politics, Social Policy, Social Anthropology, Psychology, etc) and achieved a B grade or above.
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2022/23, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 10,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||1500 word article (40%)
2500 word essay (60%)
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Students will develop a critical understanding of the principal psychological theories and concepts in the context of mental health.
- Reflect on how psychological theories and concepts can be applied to the social care and health context.
- Students will develop a critical awareness of how health and mental health needs and care change across the life span.
|Carr, D. (2006). The Handbook of Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychology: A Contextual Approach (3rd Edition). London: Routledge.|
Sroufe, L., & Carlson, E. (1999). Implications of attachment theory for developmental psychopathology. Development and Psychopathology, 11, 1¿13.
Patel, V., Flisher, A. J., Hetrick, S. and McGorry, P. (2007). Mental health of young people: A global public-health challenge. Lancet, 379, 1302-1313.
The British Psychological Society (2014) edited by A. Cook. Understanding psychosis and schizophrenia https://www.bps.org.uk/system/files/user-files/Division%20of%20Clinical%20Psychology/public/understanding_psychosis_-_final_19th_nov_2014.pdf
Woods, R. & Clare, L. (2008). Chapter 31: Psychological Interventions with people with dementia, part five, intervention. In Handbook of the Clinical Psychology of Ageing, second edition. London: Wiley-Blackwell.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Zara Brodie
|Course secretary||Miss Morven Sutherland
Tel: (0131 6)51 3972