International Summer School

Psychology

Session 1

Forensic and Investigative Psychology
Module Code: IS283
Level: 5 
2018 Syllabus [PDF]
This 15-credit module is concerned with the application of psychological theory and research to criminological and forensic contexts. You consider issues such as – how reliable are eyewitnesses’ accounts of what they have seen, and their identifications of faces they have encountered? Why is that faces of other races are more likely to be misidentified in police lineups? Can people be recognised reliably from ID cards, passports and CCTV? What is wrong with current face recall systems? Do children make reliable witnesses? How is memory affected by stress? How can we tell whether or not someone is lying? Why do some people become criminals but not others? What is the relationship between mental illness and crime? The module integrates lecturing and small-group teaching to support students in taking a critical perspective on contemporary and applied cognitive psychology.

Health Psychology
Module Code: IS248 
Level: 4 
2018 Syllabus [PDF]
The module covers the history and scope of Health Psychology from the subject’s origin through to the use of present-day telemedicine, such as online self-diagnostics, support groups and virtual clinics. You consider a range of theories and methodologies used within the discipline, with specific topics being psycho-immunology, stress, anger, anxiety, depression, optimism and coping. You also consider how broader social factors, such as social economic status and social support, can impact on health. Both individual therapeutic interventions and wider health promotion campaigns are reviewed. The module aims to equip students with the knowledge, understanding and skills to recognise the role that Health Psychology can play in individuals’ and societies’ wellbeing. The importance of experiential learning and reflection is recognised, with critical thinking skills enhanced through a variety of learning opportunities from group work and debates to individual presentations. Lectures, seminars and e-learning are included to accommodate and encourage a range of learning preferences and styles.

Session 2

Clinical Psychology and Mental Health
Module Code: IS284
Level: 4
2018 Syllabus [PDF]
This module introduces the most common psychological disorders and explores contemporary issues with regard to both diagnosis and treatment. Specifically, the module covers the diagnostic criteria and key theories of causation (including biomedical, cognitive, social and psychological models) of anxiety disorders, mood disorders, PTSD, psychosis and personality disorders. The module also reviews treatments available and their efficacy. Key debates in the literature are explored and alternatives to the medicalised model of mental health (such as the critical psychiatry perspective) are discussed within societal contexts.

Developmental Psychology 
Module Code: IS286
Level: 5
2018 Syllabus [PDF]
This 15-credit module explores the psychology of child development from birth through adolescence. The emphasis is on exploring major theories and research in the field of developmental psychology and their application to the real world. Topics covered include attachment and temperament, language acquisition, emotional development and regulating affect, parenting and moral development, gender development and peer relations. Students will be challenged to unpack contributions of nature and nurture and develop an appreciation of the methodological constraints on developmental psychology research. This module has been designed to meet the requirements for accreditation as a core module for psychology majors.