Year One Modules

Existential Issues
Credit points:  15
  • Do people have a nature? What happens to it during crises or transitions, or when facing death?  What part do emotions play in resolving these crises?
  • Anxiety in depth
  • Sexuality: does sexual passion exist to provoke existential crises, or does it hold relationships together and so reduce crisis?
  • Where am I going in my life? Meaning
  • Life event theory and its link to crisis theory
  • Large brains and large social groups: do they determine what is human about human nature?
  • Intimate communication and bonding; anonymous communication and individuation
  • Intimacy
  • Loss
  • How and when we find out who we really are: if we really are anyone, or if we really ever know
Well-being and health
Credit points:  15
  • Introduction, definitions, and interrelations between topics
  • Philosophy
  • Health Economics
  • Psychology
  • Medicine
  • Spirituality
  • Psychotherapy, counselling, and coaching
  • Values
  • Relationships
  • Being well remembered
Development through the life span
Credit points:  15
  • Patterns of development: linear, cyclical, other
  • Distress and disability: links with development
  • Physical development and links with psychosocial development
  • Stage theories and their impact on child-rearing customs and educational practice
  • Social development
  • Emotional development
  • Aging, changing social expectations, and developmental challenges
  • Developmental theory in psychology and psychotherapy practice
  • Transcending development: crisis, trauma, and recovery
  • Tackling some questions about development: what is its aim? What are we developing into?
Qualitative Research Methods (optional)
Credit points:  15
  • Human and social science methods vs. natural science methods
  • Induction and theory building.  Hermeneutics, interpretation, personal meaning and subjectivity, narrative versus objective truth.  Experience vs. reality
  • Grounded theory and thematic methods, discourse analysis, participant-observation, template analysis. Phenomenological approaches 
  • Formulating a research question
  • Locating and selecting research participants
  • Methods of data collection and validation.  Semi-structured and unstructured interviews 
  • Illustrations, anecdotes, case studies.  The role of rhetoric in science and practice 
  • Self-reflection.  Reflexivity.  Ethical considerations
  • Designing and conducting qualitative research
  • Mixing methods: the relative strengths and limitations of qualitative and quantitative research. Mixed qualitative methods
Quantitative research methods (optional)
Credit points:  15
  • The Research Question, Concepts and Indicators
  • Research Design
  • Validity and Reliability
  • Sampling Techniques
  • Quantitative Data Collection and Data Analysis
  • Qualitative Data Collection and Data Analysis
  • Critical Appraisal: the Quality of Research
  • Research Ethics and Research Governance
  • Getting Published
  • The Philosophy of Science
Overview of research methods (optional)
Credit points:  15
  • Grouping, counting, and hypothesizing.  Individual versus group data.  Sources of error.
  • Statistics, distributions, the normal distribution, means and variance.
  • General principles of research design
  • Collecting and displaying data. Types of data e.g. continuous, dichotomous.  Parametric and non-parametric statistics.
  • Types of research: on populations.  Sampling and surveys. Confounding and selection bias.
  • Types of research: on individuals.  Selection, tests, interviews, questionnaires, self-ratings, observer ratings.
  • Questionnaire design.  Psychometric properties.  Consistency. Reliability.  Validity.
  • Planning and designing a study.  Power calculations.  Ethics. Randomizing, control, wait list designs.
  • Statistical significance.  Practical significance.  Replication and meta-analysis.  Specificity and sensitivity: receiver operating characteristics.