PY0549 - Social and Developmental Psychology and Psychopathology

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What will I learn on this module?

On this module you will learn about core theories and approaches used, and issues in social and developmental psychology and psychopathology. The relationship between psychopathology, society and development will be explored by focusing on context and culture. In addition you will learn about different methods and approaches used to investigate and report problems from a social, developmental and psychopathological perspective, and relate theory to practice by providing you with knowledge of different research techniques.

How will I learn on this module?

On this module you will learn through a combination of interactive lectures and tutorials, along with independent study.

You will have the opportunity to learn about social and developmental psychology and psychopathology in lecture-based formats. This will afford the opportunity for you to learn core theories, approaches and issues in social and developmental psychology and psychopathology. Online discussion board will provide you with the opportunity for open discussion and debate of key issues. Independent and directed study will be encouraged through the provision of reading lists and learning materials.

Tutorials will provide an opportunity for you to discuss issues related to the module with a member of staff.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You will be supported academically by your module tutors who will make a variety of materials linked to the lectures series and assessments available on the eLearning Portal (e.g. PowerPoint slides, lectures handouts, videos, online tests, reading lists) along with links to resources to encourage further exploration of the areas. A discussion board on the eLearning Portal will be available for students to pose and respond to questions among peers and to module tutors. This enhances collegiality and also means that support is available to all students. Technology enabled learning will be implemented through the use of Panopto recording software and online submission and feedback for assessments.
One-to-one or group tutorials can provide an opportunity for students to discuss issues related to the module with a member of staff.

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:
• MK1: You will be expected to demonstrate conceptual knowledge of key topics in social and developmental psychology and psychopathology, and convey this knowledge succinctly.
• MK2: You will be able to critically evaluate different perspectives in social and developmental psychology and psychopathology, based on the best available evidence and research

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
• MIP1: You will enhance career development and long term career prospects through exploration of real-world applications of the discipline in a wider context

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
• MPV1: Demonstrate effective, written, oral and visual communication skills, with the ability to adapt style to suit a range of audiences

How will I be assessed?

Formative Assessment
You will have the opportunity to complete mock exam papers (MK1; MPV1)

You will have the opportunity to discuss and debate in lectures and online forums current issues in the areas of social and developmental psychology and psychopathology. (MK2, MIP1)

You will complete two summative assessments for this module:

The first assessment will be a case study (3000 words; 40%), the purpose of which is to assess your ability to apply theories and approaches in these areas to real wold problems and present academic research to a wider audience (MK2; MIP1; MPV1)

The second assessment is an exam (60%) which will be a 2-hour unseen short answer exam during which you will be expected to answer 3 short questions; 1 from developmental psychology, 1 from social psychology, and 1 from psychopathology (MK1, MPV1)
Feedback for the case study assessment will be provided through comments on electronically submitted assignments which are returned to students. As a minimum, comments will identify a strength, a weakness and an area for improvement. Common issues and methods for improvement will be provided by eLP.

For the exam, written feedback will be provided along with general feedback comments provided via the eLearning Portal

Students are encouraged to attend individual tutorial sessions with assessment tutors if they wish to discuss their work.





Module abstract

The module aims to provide you with knowledge and understanding of social and developmental psychology and psychopathology. Lectures, along with independent study, will introduce you to the major theories in these areas, incorporating the historical and contemporary development of models and approaches. You will also learn about research methods used in social and developmental psychology and psychopathology. This module focusses on how theories and approaches in the areas of social, developmental and psychopathology can be applied to solve real world problems.

Your learning will be supported by a variety of e-learning resources and lecture capture and you will be assessed by a short-answer exam and case study report. Discussion forums will encourage development of communication and critical thinking skills.

Course info

UCAS Code C800

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full time or 4 years full time with optional study abroad year

Department Psychology

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020

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