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    • “ Themes and Issues in Psychology” First year module: 2011 / 12
    • Module structure?
      • Detailed description on ‘blackboard’.
      • Year long. 30 credits.
      • 4 Assessments.
        • Class presentation; ‘time controlled assessment’ (multiple choice questionnaire); 1 essay – 2 submissions.
      • Subjects will be explored in seminars before a lecture:
        • Priority on exploration, supporting the development of your own views, and demonstrating ‘research’ in action. (You know more than you think.)
      • The distribution of notes is ‘electronic’.
    • Intended Learning Outcomes
      • 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
    • Module background?
      • New in 2008/9.
      • Acts as a preparation for material, ideas and modules in year 2 and 3.
      • Some similarities with A2 and AS syllabus.
        • Therefore, builds on what you may know.
      • Feedback is welcome. E.g. ‘Speed up’? ‘Slow down’? Recap? Clarify content?
      • You will be coached on assessment requirements.
    • Potential contribution to you as psychology students?
      • Influences of history, society and disciplines like science and philosophy on psychology. (‘External fingerprints’.)
      • Overview of 4 psychological approaches (often described as the four ‘Forces’.
        • Behaviourism, Psychodynamics, Humanistic, and Positive Psychology.
      • Strengths and limitations of psychological approaches (and when they may overlap).
      • Cross-disciplinary thinking
    • Potential contribution to you as psychology students (2)
      • Developing the skill to think and write across disciplines in psychology.
      • “ What part of ‘psychology’ is yours?”
        • You will start to learn where you are most ‘at home’ in psychology – and how you can ‘think’ in a way that will make that ‘home’ more open and effective.
      • “ How do I become who I am?”
        • We will ‘map’ or diagram together over the year what we can learn about personal functioning and development.
      • Module resources in different media.
    • ‘ Employability’: Self Awareness
      • What do I want and what am I capable of achieving?
      • Students need to:
      • Identify knowledge, abilities and employability skills developed by the degree
      • Identify personal skills and how these can be utilized
      • Identify interests, values and personality within the framework of vocational and life planning
      • Develop the ability to reflect and make better use of any particular skill set (strengths and weaknesses)
      • Awareness that ‘self-concept’ can change during their degree course.
    • ‘ I ‘ Interior individual ‘ IT ’ Exterior Individual ‘ We ’ Collective Cultural ‘ ITS ’ Social system Environment (Adapted and developed from different writing of Ken Wilber.)
    • How do I become who I am?
    • The focus of our interaction?
      • A movement between several levels or types of learning:
        • Psychological ‘approaches ’; e.g. social, cognitive etc.
        • ‘ Thinking skills ’: utility or usefulness; evaluation, positioning, limitation etc.
        • Contextual influences : Cultural – historical – professional awareness.
        • Academic discipline : Writing.
        • Coaching – increasing your skills. Focus on ‘employability’?
    • The focus of our interaction? (2)
      • Exploration
      • Talking ideas through we will go ‘beyond the books’.
      • ‘ Low risk’, high gain.
    • Seminars
      • Balance of approaches
        • Reflection. Notes. Discussion.
      • You learn in conversation and activity.
        • Seminars = ‘speaking’
        • Exploring. Discussing. Building a ‘map’ or key points. A summary of each topic.
        • Resource for year 2 and 3.
    • Lectures
      • ‘ Wordy’ notes
      • Intended to act as ‘essence’ or study guide.
      • Pace will leave time for questions
    • ‘ Standards of Behaviour’
      • Key assumption :
      • You are adults.
      • You want to learn.
      • You are here to participate in this work.
      • “ I am not here to manage your behaviour”
    • If you want to ….
      • … sit and talk with friends.
      • … sit and work on your mobile phone.
      • You are welcome to do so …. SOMEWHERE ELSE.
    • Books
    • 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
    • Sources of books?
      • Blackwells (Ground floor North wing)
      • www.amazon.co.uk
        • Check the book title …
        • … then look under ‘used and new’. Often some good deals.
      • www.bookdepository.co.uk
        • More competitive prices than ‘Amazon’.
        • Free postage? Approx 1 week for delivery.
    • Support as a Student?
    • Are you experiencing difficulties?
    • Are you experiencing difficulties?
    • ‘ ARC’ – Ground Floor Corridor - NorthWing
    • Key locations for Support
      • Student Services – N1
        • Careers, Counselling, Disability Service.
      • Learning Development Unit – G3.06
      • Please remember – you do not need to be ‘in crisis’ to get support!
    • Self-care? Care for your colleagues?
      • Difficulties in reading, writing, concentration, memory?
        • Student Support / Learning Development Unit (e.g. Dyslexia screening? Counselling Service? Mentoring? Careers? Money Advice?)
      • The module is year-long.
        • Sustained attendance is necessary.
        • If you are struggling, or see someone struggling (not attending), please say something.
        • Let’s seek ways to solve problems together.