Psychological Perspectives on Self and Identity (C8027)

15 credits, Level 6

Autumn teaching

In this module, you will explore classic and contemporary psychological accounts of self and identity processes.

You will cover a wide range of topics, creating a thorough and critical examination of key theories and debates in social psychologydrawing. You will also learn more about developmental, cross-cultural, social constructionist and philosophical perspectives as well as considering the implications of these theories for real-world issues, such as subjective well-being, health behaviours, personal relationships, prejudice and politics. 


16%: Lecture
84%: Seminar


20%: Coursework (Presentation)
80%: Written assessment (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 19 hours of contact time and about 131 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2023/24. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: