Perspectives on Psychology

Module code: C8840
Level 6
15 credits in autumn semester
Teaching method: Lecture
Assessment modes: Essay, Coursework

This module is designed to help you reflect on your studies of psychology in two ways.

First, you will examine the scientific and conceptual underpinnings of psychology, tackling questions about the nature of scientific investigation and other fundamental debates through the history of psychology such as the relation of the mind to body, or how humans florish.

Second, the ethics of psychological research will be scrutinised, with attention to issues that arise in the course of various methodologies employed by psychologists, for example the ethics of using animals in research for the benefit of humans; or the ethics of using children or people with mental illness.

Module learning outcomes

  • Systematically understand key philosophical debates regarding the nature of scientific investigation and psychology in particular
  • Identify and critically understand ethical issues in psychological research