PS112-24 Psychology in Context
This module will introduce the history of psychology and core topics in developmental, social and cognitive psychology.
Previous knowledge of psychology will not be assumed. The module covers 4 key areas of psychology, developing basic knowledge in each. Taken together, PS111 Brain and Behaviour and PS112 Psychology in Context provide a general introduction to Psychology designed to support work in the second and third years of the Psychology Honours Degrees.
This is an indicative module outline only to give an indication of the sort of topics that may be covered. Actual sessions held may differ.
The class covers four different subjects that represent a sample of research and theoretical topics in psychology.: 1) History of Psychology; 2) Developmental Psychology, 3) Social Psychology, and 4) Psychology of Ageing and Memory.
Psychology in Context is part of a general introduction to Psychology designed as a foundation for further learning in second and third years of the Psychology Honours Degrees.
By the end of the module, students should be able to:
- be familiar with and able to discuss some of the classic studies in the areas of psychology set out above;
- have a critical appreciation of some of the main concepts and theories in each of the areas;
- locate modern psychology in a wider intellectual and historical context;
- understand the fundamentals of qualitative and observational research methods in psychology;
- understand the parts played by developmental psychology and the study of memory in psychology as a whole; and
- be able to take a historical perspective on psychology as a science.
Indicative reading list
Gleitman, H., Gross, J., & Reisberg, D.(2010). Psychology (8th ed.). New York: W.W. Norton & Co.
Kowalski, R., & Westen, D. (2011). Psychology (6th ed.). Hoboken, N. J., USA: Wiley.
Martin, N. G., Carlson, N.R., & Buskist, W. (2013). Psychology (5th ed.). Allyn & Bacon.
Nolen-Hoeksema, S., Fredrickson, B. L., Loftus, G. R., & Wagenaar, W. A. (2009). Atkinson & Hilgard's introduction to psychology (15th ed.). London: Wadsworth.
Subject specific skills
an awareness of the breadth of topics falling within the disciplines of Psychology
familiarity with the basic aspects of some of the most common research approaches to Psychology
presentation of understanding and evaluation of topics in Psychology within a structured and coherent argument
effective communication skills to develop an argument supported by relevant evidence
familiarity with collecting and organising stored information found in library books and journal collections, and online, critical evaluation of sources;
effective personal planning skills.
|Lectures||29 sessions of 1 hour (12%)|
|Seminars||7 sessions of 1 hour (3%)|
|Private study||204 hours (85%)|
Private study description
Private Guided Student study and preparation for assessment and exam
No further costs have been identified for this module.
You do not need to pass all assessment components to pass the module.
Students can register for this module without taking any assessment.
Assessment group D2
2 short online tests
4 short online tests (Memory section)
3 hour exam covering the 4 sections of the module
Feedback on assessment
Formative feedback to assist in completion of summative essay. Academic guidance form for assessed work; online via Tabula and through tutorials
If you pass this module, you can take:
- PS351-15 Psychology and the Law
This module is Core for:
- Year 1 of UPSA-C800 Undergraduate Psychology
- Year 1 of UPSA-C804 Undergraduate Psychology with Education Studies
- Year 1 of UPSA-C802 Undergraduate Psychology with Linguistics