International Pathways

Investigating the Social Mind

Arrival date: Sun 31 Jul 2016 (Classes start Mon 01 Aug)

Departure date: Sun 14 Aug 2016 (Classes finish Fri 12 Aug)

Providing School: School of Psychology

Campus: Canterbury

Credit Transfer Option:  Equivalent to 10 Credits (ECTS 5) for transfer purposes.

Course outline:

Research indicates that interpersonal relationships and group-based interactions are strongly affected by how people understand and react to the world which surrounds them.  During this course you will investigate recent research into Psychology relating to the ‘social mind’ and how this influences people’s thoughts and behaviours. You will gain a key insight into an important aspect of the human psyche. This will help you to understand the key factors which influence how we live and work with other people


Intended subject specific learning outcomes

By the end of this International Summer School course, you should have:

  • developed a good understanding of the subject matter which forms the focus of this intensive introductory course
  • explored a series of key subject-specific themes and media from a range of critical perspectives
  • had the opportunity to put into practice new subject-related skills which you have started to develop during the course
  • gained an awareness of the UK Higher Education system in the subject specific context

Intended generic learning outcomes

  • Gained an introduction to some of the aptitudes, expectations and requirements of more independent and higher level study achieved through a range of seminars, lectures, practice-based activities and one to one tutorials.
  • Experienced individual and group-based learning environments consonant with the expectations and requirements of higher level study
  • Exercised some element of self-directed study and time-management opportunities consistent with research skills and onward professional career opportunities
  • Enhanced your transferable academic skills such as reading and writing in relevant academic contexts, listening to academic lectures and input sessions as well as participating in academic seminars
  • Increased your intercultural awareness through studying in an international environment with students from other backgrounds and nationalities

Contact hours

Teaching formats will include lectures, seminars and interactive workshops.

  • 50 hours contact time during the summer school
  • 20 hours self-study before and during the summer school
  • 30 study hours after the summer school

    Total: 100 hours

Assessment (for credit-bearing version)

  • A written assessment with a total of 1,500-2,000 words
  • A seminar or PowerPoint presentation

Learrning and teaching methods

Total number of study hours will comprise 100 hours which will include elements of independent and private study.

Teaching formats will include lectures, seminars, interactive workshops, and other appropriate media associated with the subject specialism.

Indicative timetable

Students are asked to arrive on the Sunday prior to the course start date.

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