Postgraduate

Modules

Modules

PSY8036 : Cultural and Historical Issues in Clinical Psychology

Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

The aim of this module is to produce students who are culturally competent. They will have a good understanding of the historical evolution of attitudes to, and ideas about, mental health issues. They will also have a grounding in present day differences with regard to beliefs about the aetiology and treatment of mental health problems in a range of cultures, including their own. Knowledge of theories gained in other modules will thus be historically and culturally contextualised.

Outline Of Syllabus

Topics covered will include: what is culture and what are our assumptions about our culture; history of western mental health; cross cultural attitudes in a variety of geographical areas including China, Japan, South East Asia, South Asia, South America and Eastern Europe; culturally sensitive methodologies.

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials81:008:00Non-synchronous online delivery of teaching materials and activities to support student learning
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion1001:00100:00
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops82:0016:00Synchronous group online sessions / PIP discussions & group activities Sync Online: 8hrs PIP: 8hrs
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study761:0076:00
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Non-synchronous online structured activities will be the main way to impart factual knowledge and to stimulate interests in the topic areas. To attain the intended knowledge outcomes and skills in full, it will be essential that students engage in private study before and after the taught sessions. Students will be directed to carry out their own research into the subject area. This will foster their critical thinking and independence which will in turn feed into their assessment preparation. Present-in-person teaching (PIP) sessions across the module will be delivered to half the cohort every week and will be used to engage students in discussion and debate with the session facilitator.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M1003000 words (excluding references)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

In order to encourage critical thinking about culture, students will need the time and space afforded by the choice of an essay as the summative assessment, to think deeply about this topic and to wrestle with the historical and cultural issues at the centre of the module. The essay is of sufficient length to allow a certain amount of discursive freedom whilst at the same time requiring concision.

Reading Lists

Timetable