Perspectives on Psychology (C8840)

15 credits, Level 6

Autumn teaching

This module helps you reflect on your studies of psychology in two ways.

First, you examine the scientific and conceptual underpinnings of psychology. You’ll tackle 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 flourish.

Second, we scrutinise the ethics of psychological research. We pay 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
  • the ethics of using children or people with mental illness.


100%: Lecture


100%: Coursework (Test)

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 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 2024/25. 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: