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Unit information: Contemporary Issues in Psychology in 2017/18

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Unit name Contemporary Issues in Psychology
Unit code PSYC30016
Credit points 20
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1B (weeks 7 - 12)
Teaching Block 2C (weeks 13 - 18)
Unit director Dr. Benton
Open unit status Not open




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


This unit is designed to highlight selected contemporary issues in psychology. Students select two seminars from a range of topics proposed by the School.

The aims of this unit are to develop students’ critical evaluation skills via the synthesis and oral presentation and discussion of research findings and debate related to important current topics in psychology.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, a student will be able to:

  1. Discuss the methodological approaches to the study of the respective research topic.
  2. Explain the application of these approaches in a particular study.
  3. Integrate this understanding of these methodologies with other areas of psychological enquiry.
  4. Demonstrate the skills necessary for an assessed oral presentation.

Teaching details

Weekly small group seminars.

Assessment Details

Two oral presentations (30%) and 2 x 500-word critiques (70%).

Attendance and participation in group discussions is mandatory. For each unexcused non-attendance, there will be a reduction in the associated overall presentation mark by 25%.

Reading and References

Recommended and further reading will be made available through Blackboard