What you will study
Following on from Principles of social and psychological inquiry (DD801), this module provides an advanced understanding of recent research on topics in cognitive, social, counselling and forensic psychology. These topics include: Expertise, Visual Perception, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Panic Attacks, Sexual Harassment, Motherhood, Sexual Offenders and Child Witnesses. There is also content on psychology research methods, both quantitative and qualitative, and material on how to use psychological research findings to create impact and raise public awareness.
This module demonstrates the real world, personal and employment relevance of psychology. It is organised around three broad areas – home, work and public life – focusing on engaging topics with strong contemporary interest.
In the second part of the module, you'll have the opportunity to engage in an independent project/dissertation portfolio on your chosen topic, working with guidance from a dissertation tutor. You'll prepare for the dissertation work in the earlier assessment tasks, developing skills relevant to academic work and employment in a range of areas. You'll also create outputs to communicate psychological research to lay or professional audiences.
By studying this module you'll become equipped to evaluate psychological knowledge, including, theories and research, and to understand its potential applications. The module will also enable you to confidently communicate advanced psychological knowledge to a variety of academic and non-academic audiences. The assessment develops communication skills relevant to both academic and non-academic audiences.
This module is suitable for people interested in psychology, whether or not they have previously studied the subject. It will therefore appeal to those who have a Psychology degree, and/or work in related areas, and to anyone who feels that knowing more about psychological topics will complement their existing skills and knowledge.
You will learn
By studying this module you will learn how to:
- read, critically evaluate and apply research in cognitive, counselling, forensic and social psychology
- conduct a comprehensive literature search
- write standard academic essays
- write a literature review
- select journal articles/research relevant to applied questions
- write reports and other outputs for different audiences (e.g. policy makers, charities, the public)
- effectively present information to different types of audience (e.g. other academics, practitioners, or policy makers
You will also learn about the:
- relevance of academic research in cognitive, counselling, forensic and social psychology for real world issues/cases
- key concepts and research in cognitive, counselling, forensic and social psychology