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PS30198: Psychology of addictive behaviours

[Page last updated: 02 August 2022]

Academic Year: 2022/23
Owning Department/School: Department of Psychology
Credits: 6 [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Notional Study Hours: 120
Level: Honours (FHEQ level 6)
Semester 2
Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Assessment Detail:
  • Press release (CW 50%)
  • Policy (CW 50%)
Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Requisites: Before taking this module you must take PS20167
Learning Outcomes: In completing this unit students would be expected to:
* Critically evaluate different theoretical accounts of addiction
* Gain a broad understanding of different types of addictive behaviour
* Critically evaluate the role of the media and policy in drug use and addictive behaviours.

Aims: The aims of this unit are to
* Compare and contrast theories of addiction,
* Apply the concept of addiction across a range of different behaviours,
* illustrate the role of the media and policy in communicating and influencing issues relating to drug use and addictive behaviours.

* Comprehensive and scholarly written communication
* Concise, time-bound and effective written communication for real world impact (press releases, policy briefing)
* Ability to select, summarise and synthesise written information from multiple sources
* Ability to develop rigorous arguments through precise use of concepts and models
* Ability to apply theory into practice
* Ability to select and use appropriate ideas to produce a coherent response to a pre-set question
* Ability to produce work to agreed specifications and deadlines
* Ability to use peer feedback as an assessment for learning
* Ability to work independently, without close supervision of guidance.

* Critically evaluate a range of theoretical accounts of addiction (e.g. the 'brain disease' model of addiction)
* Explaining how the concept of addiction can be applied to a number of different behaviours including drugs and behavioural addictions
* Outlining the role of the media and policy in communicating issues around drug use and addictive behaviours.

Programme availability:

PS30198 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Psychology


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