Psychology of the Family: Beyond Attachment (C8549)

15 credits, Level 6

Autumn teaching

The module will cover psychological aspects and consequences of the main familial relationships: marital, mother-child, father-child, and sibling. In particular, individual-, dyadic-, family-, and cultural-level factors influencing the development and functioning of these familial relationships will be covered, along with their consequences. In addition, the impact of non-traditional family forms (e.g., single-parent and stepfamilies) on children's development will be addressed. The module will include coverage of theoretical approaches to the study of the family (e.g., family systems theory, life-course approaches, socialisation) but will emphasise recent empirical work.

Teaching and assessment

We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 20 hours of contact time and about 130 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2020/21. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, there may be changes to this module in response to COVID-19, or due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.

It may not be possible to take some module combinations due to timetabling constraints. The structure of some courses means that the modules you choose first may determine whether later modules are core or optional.


This module is offered on the following courses: