On successful completion of the module the student will be able to:
Summarise the origins of science and psychology and their impact on our conceptions and practice of psychology
Explore a range of aspects of human experience from a psychological perspective
Identify the characteristics of different disciplines of psychology and their gains and limitations in studying selected topics.
Explore selected topics of general and historical psychological interest .
Demonstrate an appreciation of some of the major debates in psychology.
Module Overview “ The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled” (Plutarch)
Overview: History of psychology Psychology as ‘science’? Internal & external causes of behaviour Hereditary & environment? Traits and Situations? Attachment? Attribution? Normality and Abnormality. Free-will vs. determinism. Psychological research methods and perspectives Ideographic or nomothetic approaches to the study of experience. Nature & characteristics of consciousness. Challenging existing theories and approaches Overview of primary theoretical approaches Psychodynamics - Behaviourism - Humanistic Psychology - Positive Psychology
Books? Key Text(s): Author Title Date Publisher 1. Gross, R. Themes, Issues and Debates in Psychology (Third edition). 2009 HodderArnold 2. Glassman, W.E. Approaches to Psychology 2009 Open University Press