Psychology - Investigating the Social Mind
The most exciting and incredible experience of my academic years so far. This summer school has given me the opportunity for self discovery, exploration of mind and most importantly, this is the place where I have found my true passion in academia and I believe a career arising in Psychology later!
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This course will examine contemporary concepts, theories and findings in social psychology, with particular emphasis on how individuals understand themselves, other people, and the world around them. Students will participate in lectures, discussions and presentations surrounding a range of questions, for example: Why do you like the things you do? How well do you know yourself? Is social behaviour largely automatic, and does this undermine free will? Students are expected to complete the course with an understanding of the real-world implications of major findings in social psychology.
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.
Students will study the application of psychology, inspired by a wide range of perspectives (e.g., evolutionary psychology, social psychology, cognitive psychology), to every-day experiences. In this Summer School, the emphasis will be on how psychology (concepts, theories, and research) can explain real-world, social phenomena.
The Psychology Summer School is part of the University of Kent Summer School programme. It will allow you to make lasting connections with students from around the world, studying a range of subjects but sharing your own enthusiasm. International study will enable you to gain a deeper understanding of another culture, make lifelong friends from a wide variety of backgrounds and benefit from globally-renowned academic excellence.
For additional reasons to join us, visit our Canterbury Summer Schools overview
Dates: Sunday 01 July - Sunday 15 July 2018
Providing School: School of Psychology
Credit Transfer Option: Equivalent to 10 Credits (ECTS 5) for transfer purposes.
Price: £1500 (earlybird) for two weeks. Includes tuition, accommodation, teaching materials, welcome meal, organised trips and full library access
By the end of this International Summer School course, you will have:
Intended specific learning outcomes
- 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
Learning and teaching methods
Teaching formats will include lectures, seminars and interactive workshops
Total number of study hours will comprise 100 hours which will include elements of independent and private study.
- 50 hours contact time during the summer school
- 20 hours self-study before the summer school
- 30 study hours during the summer school
Total: 100 hours
- A written assessment with a total of 1,500-2,000 words
- A seminar or PowerPoint presentation
A different question will be addressed each day of the summer school explored using various techniques and research methods; an indiaction of topics covered is below:
I. What is unique about the Social Mind of humans?
II. Psychology and the Social Mind
III. Can emotions affect the way we think?
IV. Does culture determine who we are?
V. The Psychology of Social Relationships
VI. The Psychology of Being Smart
VII. Are you conservative or liberal? The Psychology of Politics
VIII. Sex, Love, Attraction and Romantic Relationships
IX. War and Peace: The Psychology of Conflict
To gain entry on to the Canterbury Summer School you will need to be either:
- studying at a university outside the UK or at a UK university and considering options for further study in the UK
- a professional exploring options for postgraduate study in the UK.
You will also need to:
- be able to demonstrate a keen interest in the field of Psychology or have previous knowledge from your studies/work experience and looking to expand your knowledge in this area. Previous related study is desirable but not essential.
- have at least IELTS 6.0 or equivalent with a minimum of 5.5 in each skill. If you have an alternative test/proof of your English language ability then you can mention this is your application and upload this instead. Students must feel confident reading, writing and liaising in English to attend this course.
Fees and Scholarship
A reminder that you can apply for one course from each block, and also combine with our Paris and Brussels Summer Schools in most cases, as set out here.
The Scholarship application deadline is 5pm on Fri 30 March 2018. You can still apply after this date for a paying place.
Pay by Monday 16 April 2018 and receive an Early Bird discount of £100 per course.
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Fees Include full tuition for the summer school, accommodation, teaching materials, a welcome meal, full access to the University library facilities and social trips each Wednesday and at the weekend into London.
The final deadline for payment to secure your place on this course is Fri 28 May 2018
We have 20 x £500 Internationalisation Scholarships available for the Canterbury Summer Schools available to students not currently studying at the University of Kent. If you wish to apply for a scholarship you will need to select 'School scholarship' at application and apply by Fri 30 Mar 2018. We will use your Reasons to study as part of the application form as the scholarship application. If you are a current student at another institution you may also wish to enquire about any mobility scholarships within your home institution or Government.
You must email firstname.lastname@example.org to notify us of your withdrawal from a course as soon as you know that you will not be attending the course and before travelling to the UK. We will charge a £250 administration fee, unless there are exceptional extenuating circumstances for the withdrawal.
The accommodation for this summer school is based in Park Wood flats and is offered on a self-catered basis. Students will be placed in their own double rooms equipped with en suite facilities. Check-in is after 14h00 on the first Sunday and check-out is before 10h00 on the final Sunday. All students will be offered University accommodation (included in fee), although if you wish to make alternative arrangements you can pay tuition fees only, saving £250 per two-week course.
Additional details about our accommodation is available on our Accommodation webpage.
Please note that in order for the course to run a minimum of 6 registered students is required. Please do not make arrangements for travel until you have received your welcome and induction pack.
You will find useful directions to the Canterbury Campus on our Directions page. Students who wish to arrange a taxi transfer from one of the London airports may wish to visit our Booking a Taxi in the UK page