Current Issues In Psychology (PGT Conv) PSYCH5034

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Psychology
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This course links psychological theory with application in an exploration of a range of important and current topic areas.



Requirements of Entry

Standard University entry requirements for Post-graduate courses apply.


1 x 3,000 word essay. Students will select one topic from a set of six, corresponding to classroom presentation topics. Essay topics will be provided at the beginning of the semester, enabling students to evaluate the full range of topics prior to selection through exposure to lectures, readings and discussions.

Course Aims

To acquaint the students with the latest and most significant developments in psychological theory and application. To encourage critical evaluation of psychological theory in the context of important applications in a range of scientific and clinical content areas.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Demonstrate a critical awareness of a range of content areas in which psychological theory has made important contributions in guiding fundamental understanding, and applied principles and practice of diagnosis and treatment.

■ Demonstrate an extensive and detailed understanding of how psychological research has made a significant impact in key areas of application.

■ Critically discuss how applied work can inform priorities in research, and how curiosity-driven science can translate to applied advances.

■ Critically evaluate the empirical effectiveness of psychological applications in key areas.

■ Write a critical report on application of psychology in at least one area of current societal and scientific importance.

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.