Current Issues In Psychology (PGT Conv ODL) PSYCH5082

  • 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
  • Taught Wholly by Distance Learning: Yes

Short Description

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

Timetable

None

Requirements of Entry

At a least a 2:1 honours degree or equivalent

Excluded Courses

None

Assessment

Students will choose 2 essay topics from a set of 5 topics supplied in advance. These contribute to summative assessment. Students will submit 2 x 1,500 word essays (with staggered hand-in dates). Each essay contributes 50% of the overall mark.

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.

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.