Undergraduate Course: Motivation and Emotion (PSYL10147)
|School||School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
||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 course provides an overview of theory and research on motivation and emotion. With an emphasis on empirical evidence, we will focus on how emotional states contribute to the expression of motivated goal-directed behaviors, and vice versa. We will examine these processes from a variety of psychological perspectives (e.g., biological, cognitive, developmental, social). This course will provide you with tools for understanding and regulating motivation and emotion, both intra- and interpersonally.
Why do we do what we do, and why do we feel what we feel? At the present time, the study of motivation and emotion is characterized by an enormous breadth of content, several unique methodological and statistical challenges, and meta-theories around which various empirical findings are integrated and organized.
In this course, we will cover the major theoretical perspectives and methodologies related to the scientific study of motivation and emotion. With an emphasis on empirical evidence, we will focus on how emotional states contribute to the expression of motivated goal-directed behaviors, and vice versa. We will examine these processes from a variety of psychological perspectives (e.g., biological, cognitive, developmental, social). This course will provide you with tools for understanding and regulating motivation and emotion, both intra- and interpersonally.
Each week we will explore a different aspect of motivation and emotion and how these processes relate to human psychology. Classes will consist of a mixture of lectures, large and small group discussions, and other activities. Assessments will emphasize independent learning, critical analysis, writing skills, and communication with different audiences.
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting students who are Psychology majors and in their third or final year at their home university are welcome to take this course.
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On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Examine motivation and emotion from an empirically-based, scholarly perspective, rather than from an intuitive or speculative perspective based solely on personal experience and observations.
- Understand a number of classical and contemporary theoretical frameworks and methodologies that characterize the scientific study of motivation and emotion.
- Recognize several ways in which motivational and emotional processes occur in daily life and evaluate situations relevant to motivation and emotion and make predictions about behavior.
- Identify critical questions that must be asked if a stronger, more complete, and more integrated science of motivation and emotion is to emerge, and develop an empirical project that could test these questions.
- Apply empirical findings related to motivation and emotion to solve real-world problems.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Keywords||psychology; motivation; emotion
|Course organiser||Dr Sarah Stanton
Tel: (0131 6)50 8387
|Course secretary||Ms Alex MacAndrew
Tel: (0131 6)51 3733