Health & Social Sector Leadership (Dumfries Campus) MA

Human Nature And Well Being DUMF2009

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 2 (SCQF level 8)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

Human Nature and Well Being explores some of the main perspectives and paradigms that have been influential in psychology since the late 19th century (e.g. psychodynamic, evolutionary, cognitive, humanistic, existential). Via a methodology of 'theoretical' or 'philosophical' psychology, it applies these theories to topics such as the emotions, human relationships, mental disorders and moral behaviour.


One 2-hour lecture, and one 2-hour seminar each week.


Short answer test (15%)

Class essay 1500 words (35%)
Viva based on the essay (15%)

Class exam (35%)

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

1. To provide a broad knowledge of the paradigms and historical development of modern psychology and psychotherapy (since 1870)
2. To analyse the theoretical background to academic psychology and to psychotherapy
3. To provide details of current theory in areas of modern psychology (including emotions
, moral psychology, and abnormal psychology)
4. To facilitate the development of analytical and reasoning skills

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

At the end of this course students will be able to:
1. Describe the theoretical underpinnings of the main movements in modern psychology
Explain theory and key research findings in the psychology of emotion, moral psychology, and abnormal psychology
3. Apply philosophical analysis to aims 2. And 3. And identify hidden assumptions, areas of controversy and theoretical limitations

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.