What makes us who we are? The Nature Vs. Nurture Debate ADED11799E

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: Short Courses
  • Credits: 5
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Summer
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No
  • Taught Wholly by Distance Learning: Yes

Short Description

One of the most fundamental questions in Psychology is whether we are more a product of our genes and hereditary factors (nature) or our environmental experiences (nurture). In this course we will investigate both sides of this debate from historical origins to contemporary perspectives, including considering the potential consequences of embracing one side over the other in contentious topics, such as intelligence.  


This course is delivered entirely online 


Block 3, weeks 1-5 (weekly, 2 hour screen time)


Delivered online - materials uploaded on Wednesdays 

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





Set exercise - participation in weekly online discussion forums (25%). Students should engage in participation each week by contributing their own post and engage in peer interaction by responding to the contributions made by other students.


Written assignment - final written (1000 word) persuasion piece on the nature versus nurture debate (75%)

Course Aims

The course aims to:

■ Introduce students to the principles of the Nature Vs. Nurture debate

■ Facilitate increased understanding of the evidence supporting each side of the debate in a range of psychological topics

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Explain the origins and contemporary scope of the argument known as the Nature versus Nurture debate

■ Compare, contrast and evaluate competing evidence for Nature versus Nurture.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.