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Unit information: Issues in Psychology in 2015/16

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Unit name Issues in Psychology
Unit code PSYCM0006
Credit points 15
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Professor. Rogers
Open unit status Not open




School/department School of Psychological Science
Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences

Description including Unit Aims

This unit will explore issues relating to philosophical, conceptual, and epistemological aspects of psychology. It will attempt to address the limitations of scientific methods as practised in contemporary psychology. It will also attempt to explore critically the nature of psychological knowledge and the extent to which it is context-dependent (e.g. biological, developmental, cognitive, social, applied, etc.)

Intended Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit the student will:

  • Be familiar with the major critical contexts of psychological knowledge
  • Appreciate the contributions of a range of key perspectives to psychological thinking

Teaching Information


Assessment Information

Course work (50%), Examination (50%)

Reading and References

  • Chalmers, A.F. (1994). What is this thing called science? An assessment of the nature and status of science and its methods. (2nd ed.). Indianapolis: Hackett Publishing. (Q175 CHA) ( 3rd ed. – 1999 also available at same location)
  • Prilleltensky, I. & Fox, D. (1997). Introducing Critical Psychology: Values, Assumptions and the Status Quo. In D. Fox, & I. Prilleltensky, (Eds.). Critical psychology: An introduction. London: Sage. (BF39.9 CRI).
  • Reason, J. T. (1990). Human Error. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (BF323.E7 REA)
  • Schacter, D.L. (1996). Searching for memory: The brain, the mind, and the past. New York: Basic Books. (BF371 SCH)
  • Valentine, E.R. (1992). Conceptual issues in psychology. (2nd ed.) London: Routledge (BF38 VAL)