Applying Psychology - SP633

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Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2020 to 2021
Autumn 6 15 (7.5) DR K Bocian checkmark-circle


This module complements the focus of the BSc degree on basic (fundamental) psychological research by providing training in applied psychology. It equips you with an understanding of what is meant by applied psychology, of the domains in which psychology can be applied (e.g., in business, education, health, and the law), and decision rules governing applied psychology such as the balance between the cost and risks inherent in an intervention and its benefits. It introduces you to ethical, logistical, and methodological challenges in applied psychology. You also learn about the history and philosophy of applied psychology, for example contrasting humanistic and behaviourist approaches to intervention, and a consideration of the role of socially constructed 'value' in the application of science (for example, how prejudices against homosexuality as a 'problem' warranting psychological intervention have waxed and waned according to prevailing social values).


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Contact hours

One two-hour lecture per week.

Method of assessment

50% coursework, 50% examination.

Indicative reading

The module reading list can be found online at

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
8.1 acquisition of basic knowledge of the history and philosophy of psychology as it pertains to the application of psychology to problems of medical, social and economic relevance
8.2 ability to compare, contrast and where appropriate to integrate diverse approaches to psychological problems of practical significance
8.3 acquisition of knowledge of potential careers and entrepreneurial opportunities in applied psychology beyond the undergraduate degree
8.4 develop an understanding of psychology as a discipline that can be employed to change valued outcomes in domains of life such as business, health, sports and social issues
8.5 develop an understanding of some of the challenges that are commonly encountered in the application of psychology (e.g., ethical, logistical, methodological, financial) and some solutions to those challenges
8.6 to develop general critical, analytical and problem solving skills which can be applied in a wide range of different applied psychological and extra-psychological settings.

The intended generic learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
9.1 develop intellectual skills, including reading and writing skills, critical reflection and written analysis and interpretation
9.2 develop transferable skills, including communication skills, numeracy, use of information technology, and problem solving


  1. Credit level 6. Higher level module usually taken in Stage 3 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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