Psychology

Psychological Perspectives on Self and Identity

Module code: C8027
Level 6
15 credits in spring semester
Teaching method: Lecture, Seminar
Assessment modes: Coursework, Essay

Psychological research has shown that in many ways our thoughts, feelings, motives and actions depend on who we think we are: our self-concepts or identities. This module explores classic and contemporary psychological accounts of self and identity processes. Coverage is broad, encompassing a thorough and critical examination of key theories and debates in social psychology, drawing also on 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. The module is designed to encourage and reward independent and critical thinking about these issues.

Module learning outcomes

  • Consolidate knowledge of a range of theoretical perspectives and empirical research into self and identity processes derived from a diverse literature
  • Devise arguments about current and possible future applications of such knowledge to issues of personal and societal wellbeing
  • Communicate complex material to both specialist and non-specialist audiences