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PS3902 Theoretical Perspectives in Psychology

SCOTCAT credits:30
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 9
Availability restrictions:Available only to students on the Evening Degree Programme
Planned timetable:Mon 6.30 - 9.30 pm

This module will take a theoretical approach to understanding key ideas at the heart of modern psychology. The aim here is to explore in detail several of the theoretical perspectives and approaches used in psychology to describe and explain human behaviour and mental processes. Students will explore how psychology approaches issues such as the nature of consciousness, defining and understanding 'normality' and 'abnormality' (from case studies to populations), the theory of mind, and the impact of evolution on the nature of being human. Current theories and debates will be studied from the perspective of individual staff members, and their research interests, within the School of Psychology. The focus will be on understanding concepts; the module is not intended to provide training in experimental psychology techniques or methodology.

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Evening Degree Programme

UG Pre-requisite(s):PS1901 and PS2901
UG Anti-requisite(s):PS3901

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:1 x 3-hour session: lectures and practicals.
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 36
  • Guided independent study: 264

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: