PY0650 - Alcoholism

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What will I learn on this module?

You will explore the causes, effects of and treatments for alcohol abuse and dependence. The genetic, environmental and personality variables associated with alcoholism will be discussed and evaluated. You will learn how alcohol dependence does not exclusively affect the individual with the condition, but impinges on a wide range of close family members psychologically, and society at large in a psycho-social manner. Cross generational effects of alcohol dependence such as foetal alcohol syndrome will be considered closely. Specific attention will be drawn to the effects of alcohol dependence throughout the life course, and a focus on gender differences in causes/effects/outcomes will be made. Discussions will examine the contribution made by research to the causes, treatment and prevention of alcoholism in tandem with theoretical models, and cultural beliefs/practices.

How will I learn on this module?

You will attend weekly interactive lecture sessions that will provide the framework for the development of understanding based on wider reading. These will be supported by weekly discussion seminars related to the lecture material, demonstrations, directed and independent learning. Videos will also be used to provide examples related to the topics covered and to generate discussion around how scientific information is communicated to the general public.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

The module tutor will support you by making a variety of resources linked to the lectures and assessments available on the e-learning portal (e.g. PowerPoint slides, lectures handouts) along with links to resources to encourage further exploration of specific research topics. A discussion board on the eLearning Portal will be available for students to pose and respond to questions among peers and to the module tutor. 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, online submission and marking of the summative assessment.

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: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
• MK1 You will be expected to demonstrate critical understanding and integrated comprehension of a range of theoretical approaches to understanding alcohol dependence and treatment and understand the psychological effects of alcohol dependence on the alcoholic, their family, friends, employment status and social well-being by sourcing, critiquing and reviewing a range of peer reviewed research publications

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
• MIP1 You will build employability through demonstration of effective communication to a range of audiences and you will successfully source, critique and review a range of peer reviewed research publications
• MIP2 You will be able to understand how to apply your knowledge of specific issues about alcoholism can be useful in a clinical context. Such skills are valuable for enhancing employability.
• MIP3 You will take charge of your own career development learning, through critical self-evaluation and reflection on the relevance of the module for career enhancement and future learning. These skills are useful for your future employability.


Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
• You will understand the role of research to contribute to knowledge generation and dissemination, demonstrating awareness of ethical principles thus demonstrating characteristics of a Northumbria Psychology graduate (MPV1)

How will I be assessed?

Formative Assessment will be made through discussion based tasks where you will consider questions relating to the communication of science to academic, medical, social policy and general public populations (MK1, MIP1, MIP2, MPV1)

Summative Assessment
Will be through 1) An assignment (3500 words) that requires communication of sourced scientific information to two different audiences: 1) A professional (but not psychology expert) leader, and 2) the general public (MK1 , MIP1, MIP2, MPV1). This will be worth 90% of the module mark.

2) The second assessment is a self-reflective account in which you will be asked to consider how this module has impacted on your employability and future career (MIP2). This will be worth 10% of the module mark (500 words)

Formative Feedback
Verbal group formative feedback will be provided during and following these discussions.


Summative Feedback
Individual written feedback will be provided on the electronic submission of assessment one. As a minimum, these will identify a strength, a weakness and an area for improvement.

You will be required to arrange a tutorial with your Personal Guidance Tutor for formal feedback on your reflection.

Pre-requisite(s)

None

Co-requisite(s)

None

Module abstract

This module will enable you to explore the causes, effects of and treatments for alcohol abuse and dependence. The genetic, environmental and personality variables associated with alcoholism will be discussed and evaluated. You will learn how alcohol dependence does not exclusively affect the individual with the condition, but impinges on a wide range of close family members psychologically, and society at large in a psycho-social manner. Cross-generational effects of alcohol dependence such as foetal alcohol syndrome will be considered closely. Specific attention will be drawn to the effects of alcohol dependence throughout the life course, and a focus on gender differences in causes/effects/outcomes will be made. Discussions will examine the contribution made by research to the causes, treatment and prevention of alcoholism in tandem with theoretical models, and cultural beliefs/practices. You will synthesise your findings in an assignment and also reflect on how the module can impact upon your employability.

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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