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PSY2008 : Psychological Enquiry 2: Principles of Psychology

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Patrick Rosenkranz
  • Owning School: Psychology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
European Credit Transfer System


Psychology has a long tradition of enquiry into human behaviour and the mind. Contemporary psychology is incredibly diverse, encompassing a range of perspectives and models of explanation. Psychological Enquiry 2: Principles of Psychology explores some of these different perspectives and the philosophies that underlie them. The aim is to encourage a nuanced insight into the nature of psychological enquiry and thereby develop your psychological literacy and identity as psychologists.

Outline Of Syllabus

Psychological Enquiry 2 is an integrative module that links together many of the other modules that you are studying within your degree by considering underlying conceptual questions. It builds on skills and knowledge that you developed in Psychology Enquiry 1 (PSY 1001) and History of Psychology (PSY 1007).

Themes include:
•       The scientific method in psychology
•       Postmodernism and social constructionism.
•       Free will and consciousness
•       Feminist perspectives
•       Humanistic psychology

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion115:0015:00Final Essay
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion125:0025:00Draft Essay
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture112:0022:00Present in person
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities41:004:00Non-synchronous online structured learning
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities41:004:00Non-synchronous online structured learning
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops22:004:00Present in person
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery41:004:00Synchronous online
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study122:0022:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The lectures cover the core knowledge content of the module. The structured guided learning allows for practice and development of the academic skills. The scheduled workshops also provides support for the essay writing. Private study and homework will further guide students in developing knowledge and skill outcomes.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M100Essay (1500 words).
Formative Assessments

Formative Assessment is an assessment which develops your skills in being assessed, allows for you to receive feedback, and prepares you for being assessed. However, it does not count to your final mark.

Description Semester When Set Comment
Essay1MOptional draft essay for formative feedback (1500 words)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The essay assesses the knowledge outcomes of the module, planning and structuring an argument using evidence, critical analysis and discursive writing. Students’ have the option of re-submitting a revised version of the essay.

Reading Lists