This module, along with other Stage 1 psychology modules, provides a foundation for Stages 2 and 3. It will provide students with an introduction to the methods, techniques and issues involved in the study of social psychology and developmental psychology. The emphasis of the module is on theory as the foundation of an empirical discipline and the importance of scientific methodology. It highlights the interplay between theory, research, and application in both social psychology and developmental psychology. In one part of the module, focus is placed on core theories and research in, as well as applications of, social psychology. In the other part of the module, focus is placed on core theories and research in, as well as applications of, developmental psychology. Each part begins with an overview of the historical development of the subject before introducing students to current theories and methods.
Private Study: 256
Contact Hours: 44
Compulsory to the following courses:
• BSc in Psychology
• BSc in Psychology with a Placement Year
• BSc in Psychology with a Year Abroad
• BSc in Psychology with Clinical Psychology
• BSc in Psychology with Clinical Psychology and a Placement Year
• BSc in Psychology with Forensic Psychology
• BSc Business Psychology
• BSc Business Psychology with a Placement Year
This module is available only to Kent students studying Psychology. Not available as an elective module. Not available to short-term credit students.
Method of assessment
Essay (1500 words) 40%
Examination (2 hours) 60%
Both elements are pass compulsory and must be passed to achieve the learning outcomes of the module.
Reassessment method: Like for like.
The University is committed to ensuring that core reading materials are in accessible electronic format in line with the Kent Inclusive Practices.
The most up to date reading list for each module can be found on the university's reading list pages.
See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)
On successfully completing the module you will be able to:
1 Demonstrate understanding of the scientific underpinnings of psychology as a discipline, its historical origins, development and limitations
2 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of main phenomena, methods and theorising in social psychology
3 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of main phenomena, methods, and theorising in developmental psychology
4 Demonstrate subject-specific skills, including evaluating and selecting appropriate frameworks and methodologies for exploring psychological issues.
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Credit level 4. Certificate level module usually taken in the first stage of an undergraduate degree.
- ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
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