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PSY2008 : Psychological Enquiry 2: Principles of Psychology

  • Offered for Year: 2019/20
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Patrick Rosenkranz
  • Owning School: Psychology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


Psychological Enquiry 2 introduces students to a range of conceptual themes within contemporary psychology. The aim is to integrate content from the different areas of psychology and to discuss underlying philosophical and conceptual issues. The main focus is on the nature of scientific explanation within psychology and an exploration of alternative approaches to studying human behaviour. The module also serves as a foundation in researching and writing essays for psychology.

Psychology has a long tradition of enquiry into human behaviour and the mind. Contemporary psychology is incredibly diverse, encompassing a range of approaches and models of explanation. Psychological Enquiry 2 will explore some of these different approaches and the philosophies that underlie them. A main focus of the module is the contrast between quantitative and qualitative approaches. Some of the topics that we will discuss include: Scientific explanation in psychology, the debate between social constructionism and positivism, the issues surrounding free will and consciousness.
Psychological Enquiry 2 is an integrative module that links together many of the other modules that you are studying within you 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).

Outline Of Syllabus

•Paradigms and Perspectives

•Psychological explanation 1:The scientific method
•Psychological explanations 2:Alternatives to the scientific method
• Conflict and Resolution
•Qualitative Psychology 1
•Qualitative Psychology 2
•Issues in Psychology 1Consciousness
•Issues in Psychology 2 Free will
•Issues in Psychology 3 Sex and Gender

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture121:0012:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion115:0015:00Final Essay
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion135:0035:00Draft Essay
Guided Independent StudySkills practice110:0010:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops81:008:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study120:0020:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The lectures cover the core knowledge content of the module. The workshops practice the skill through group discussion and interactive tasks. The workshops also provide 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). Students can submit an optional draft on which they will receive formative feedback.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The essay is focused on qualitative approaches to psychology. It 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.

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