PSY2008 : Psychological Enquiry 2: Principles of Psychology
- Offered for Year: 2021/22
- Module Leader(s): Dr Patrick Rosenkranz
- Owning School: Psychology
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 1 Credit Value:||10|
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 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).
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 1 Consciousness
•Issues in Psychology 2 Free will
•Issues in Psychology 3 Sex and Gender
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||11||2:00||22:00||Present in person|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||25:00||25:00||Draft Essay|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||15:00||15:00||Final Essay|
|Structured Guided Learning||Academic skills activities||4||1:00||4:00||Non-synchronous online structured learning|
|Structured Guided Learning||Structured research and reading activities||4||1:00||4:00||Non-synchronous online structured learning|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Workshops||2||2:00||4:00||Present in person|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Drop-in/surgery||4||1:00||4:00||Synchronous online|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||22:00||22:00||N/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 academics. The scheduled workshops also provide support for the essay writing. Private study and homework will further guide students in developing knowledge and skill outcomes.
If the public health situation requires a pivot to remote learning, then teaching will be delivered remotely.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Essay||1||M||100||Essay (1500 words).|
|Essay||1||M||Optional 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.