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PS10200: Controversies in psychology

[Page last updated: 02 August 2022]

Academic Year: 2022/23
Owning Department/School: Department of Psychology
Credits: 12 [equivalent to 24 CATS credits]
Notional Study Hours: 240
Level: Certificate (FHEQ level 4)
Academic Year
Assessment Summary: ES 40%, OR 40%, OT 20%
Assessment Detail:
  • Online Debate 1 (OT 10%)
  • Essay 1 (ES 20%)
  • Oral Presentation 1 (OR 20%)
  • Online Debate 2 (OT 10%)
  • Oral Presentation 2 (OR 20%)
  • Essay 2 (ES 20%)
Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Learning Outcomes: Present a structured and coherent argument
Be able to communicate the results of their work by written and oral means.
Be able to evaluate different sides of an argument and provide synthesis.

Aims: To introduce students to basic concepts and current debates in psychology.
To familiarise students with some classic psychological studies.
To provide a small group teaching experience.

Skills: Understands the scientific underpinnings of psychology as a discipline, its historical origins, development and limitations. (T/F)
Recognises the inherent variability and diversity of psychological functioning and its significance. (T/F)
Can demonstrate systematic knowledge and critical understanding of a range of influences on psychological functioning, how they are conceptualised across the core areas, and how they interrelate. The core knowledge domains within psychology include (i) research methods, (ii) biological psychology, (iii) cognitive psychology, (iv) individual differences, (v) developmental psychology and (vi) social psychology. In addition to these core areas it is expected that students will gain knowledge of conceptual and historical perspectives in psychology. (T/F A)
Can reason scientifically, understand the role of evidence and make critical judgements about arguments in psychology. (T/F A)
Can communicate ideas and research findings both effectively and fluently by written, oral and visual means. (T/F A)
Can undertake self-directed study and project management in order to meet desired objectives. (T/F A)
Is able to take charge of their own learning, and can reflect and evaluate personal strengths and weaknesses for the purposes of future learning. (T/F A)

Content: The course will cover controversial issues in psychology. The following are a list of possible issues that will be covered:
* Are humans naturally violent?
* Should animal research be part of psychological research?
* Do alternative/complementary therapies work?
* Is media violence harmful to children?
* Is psychology a science?

Programme availability:

PS10200 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Psychology


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