PY0771 - Lifespan, Individual and Cultural Perspectives on Health Psychology

What will I learn on this module?

You will gain an insight into the inter-individual (e.g. personality, intelligence, illness perceptions) and cultural influences on physical health and wellbeing from a lifespan perspective. Topics will be introduced and discussed in context of psychological and physiological disorders that manifest at different stages of the lifespan (e.g. obesity, dementia, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, sexually transmitted infection etc.).
Theories such as ‘Developmental Origins of Health and Disease’, which implicate early life psychosocial factors as predictors of later life health and wellbeing, will be critically discussed. You will also learn that the pathways from individual and cultural factors to health and illness are complex, and involve a number of mediating and moderating factors.

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn by participating in interactive lectures designed to provide breadth of conceptual knowledge across topics relating to lifespan,
inter-individual and cultural perspectives on health psychology. Some lectures will be delivered by an external guest, where appropriate, in
line with their expertise to enhance your learning. Seminars, in a journal club format, will enable more in depth discussion of specific aspects
of the module. You will be required to lead and participate in critical discussions of key contemporary research papers relating to the lecture
content. This experiential aspect of the module will provide you with skills in critiquing research literature, which will form the basis of the
module assessment. The assessment will require you to critically evaluate and synthesise a body of literature, and use this to develop a
theoretical model, which will enable you to develop advanced skills in critical evaluation and theory development. With respect to
employability, these skills are essential to your development in careers relating to Health Psychology.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Resources will be available via the e-learning portal, including lecture slides, related supplementary materials, recommended and required
readings. You will receive feedback from academic staff via discussion boards, seminars and tutorials. Materials will be provided to enable
you to explore a range of potential graduate employment pathways, self-employment and further study options. Further, information will be
provided about online resources and local seminars and events related to the module content which will further enhance your learning and

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at:
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team –

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. Critically evaluate and debate current
knowledge, theory and evidence
relevant to our understanding of how
inter-individual and lifestyle factors
influence health and wellbeing across
the lifespan.
2. Understand how evidence from
empirical Health Psychology research
can be applied to the development of
models and theories to advance the
discipline of Health Psychology.
Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
1. Communicate effectively and
disseminate information.
Personal Values Attributes:
1. Demonstrate curiosity and evidence of
independent thinking to develop novel

How will I be assessed?

Formative assessment:
Formative assessment takes place within the
‘journal club’ seminars. You will present and lead
discussions based on a research critique of a
contemporary empirical paper related to the
module content. Informal feedback will be
provided by staff and students.
Summative assessment:
The module assessment (100% of module mark)
comprises a 4,000 word critical literature
review, which you will use to develop a
theoretical model and representative figure which
will provide the opportunity for you to demonstrate
your achievement of learning outcomes KU1,
KU2, IPSA1 and PVA1.





Module abstract

The aim of this module is to enable you to develop an insight into the developmental, inter-individual and cultural influences on physical health
and wellbeing. The module is taught from a lifespan perspective, in that topics will be introduced and discussed in context of illnesses that
manifest at different stages of the lifespan (e.g. obesity, dementia, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, sexually transmitted infection, etc.). This
module will encourage you to critically evaluate the literature to develop an understanding of the complex pathways from inter-individual
differences (e.g. intelligence, personality, illness perceptions, and sociocultural factors) to health and disease. In addition to interactive
lectures, seminars will follow a student-led ‘journal club’ format, which will enable you to develop skills in critically evaluating Health
Psychology research. You will use these skills to synthesise and critically evaluate the research literature, and develop a theoretical model in
the summative assessment. With respect to employability, these skills are essential to your development in careers relating to Health

Course info

Credits 20

Level of Study Postgraduate

Mode of Study 12 months full-time
1 other options available

Department Psychology

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2021

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Courses starting in 2021 are offered as a mix of face to face and online learning. We continue to monitor government and local authority guidance in relation to Covid-19 and we are ready and able to flex accordingly to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff.

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