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PS3031 Conceptual Issues and Theoretical Perspectives

SCOTCAT credits:10
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 9
Availability restrictions:Available to General Degree students with permission of the Psychology Honours Adviser
Planned timetable:Lectures: 9.00 am - 11.00 am Thu. 1-hour practical: one of Thu 2-3, 3-4, 4-5. (Module runs in weeks 1-5 only)

This module addresses the historical and philosophical background to current debates in psychology. The module will be taught via lectures and seminars including student presentations. Emphasis will be placed on the development of critical analysis of alternative models and levels of explanations of behaviour, and the ability to relate conceptual debates in psychology to issues in the real world.

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Compulsory for Single and Joint Honours Psychology, Psychology with Biology, Psychology with Film Studies, Psychology with Geography. Compulsory for BPS Recognition.

UG Pre-requisite(s):PS2001 and PS2002

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:1 x 2-hour lecture and 1 x 1-hour laboratory class or seminar (Weeks 1 - 5).
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 15
  • Guided independent study: 85

Assessment pattern

UG As defined by QAA:
  • Written examinations: 0%
  • Practical examinations: 0%
  • Coursework: 100%
UG As used by St Andrews:Coursework = 100%
UG Re-assessment:Coursework = 100%


Module coordinator:Mr P L Gardner
Module teaching staff:Mr P L Gardner