Nature and Nurture of Mental Health (C8896)
15 credits, Level 6
The aim of this module is to introduce you to the research of nature and nurture of mental health, a highly interdisciplinary and fast-moving field. You will learn key principles as well as historical aspects of research of nature and nurture of mental health.
More recent developments in this field will also be explored, focusing on a broad range of mental health phenotypes across the life span. For example, you will have the opportunity to learn about nature and nurture of neurodevelopmental psychopathology (e.g., autism), common mental health problems (e.g., depression, anxiety), and mental ageing (e.g., dementia). Ethical issues related to genetically informative human and animal studies of mental health will also be discussed.
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 22 hours of contact time and about 128 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.
We’re planning to run this module in the academic year 2020/21. 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. It may not be possible to take some module combinations due to timetabling constraints. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.
This module is offered on the following courses: