Module
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for Liberal Studies (Psychology) - BA (Hons) with Integrated Foundation

Foundation Level Modules

Foundation Seminar Part 1 and 2

The purpose of these module is to introduce students to major ideas within the Western tradition through an encounter with its greatest works. The modules considers the western tradition (including works of literature, philosophy, religion, art and science) from the ancient world to the Enlightenment. The modules will encourage and facilitate discussions and examinations of these ideas and how they relate to each other. The modules will utilise a core text curriculum to deliver these aims.

Business and Management

The purpose of this module is to introduce students to the study of business, its structure and functions, in a global environment. It will provide students with an understanding of different types of business structure and ownership, key business concepts, economic principles, and major functional areas of a business, including management, marketing, human resources, accounting and finance. The module will also review the role of commercial organisations in society and ethical dilemmas in business.

Humanities

The purpose of this module is to introduce students to the humanities. It will acquaint them both with the common elements shared between the constituent humanities disciplines and also with the difference in subject matter, approaches and techniques. The module will achieve this by choosing a particular theme that is the subject of interdisciplinary consideration within the humanities. The module will encourage and facilitate discussions and diverse examinations of this theme. The module will utilise a core text curriculum to deliver these aims.

International Relations

This module examines how state and non-state actors confront contemporary global problems. It also introduces students to the subfields of international relations: international security, international political economy, foreign policy, international relations theory, international organizations and international law.

Media Studies

This module aims to provide students with important conceptual tools for making sense of the relationships between media, society and culture. This module introduces students to the history, development and contemporary role of media and communications. In terms of history, this module maps the early development of modern media beginning with the printing press and early electronic media to social and mobile media. 

Psychology

The aim of this module is to encourage students’ understanding of, and enthusiasm for, psychology by providing a core understanding of the discipline and the topics studied by psychologists. The content will help students build awareness of what modern psychology is and will introduce them to the major branches of psychology. The module will highlight the applied aspects of the discipline and will describe the relevance of psychology to other subjects and disciplines at a theoretical and applied level. 

Political Science

This module aims to introduce students to the main concepts within the field of Political Science. Class will explore basic concepts such as state, nation, parties, elections, sovereignty, leaderships, power, parliaments, government and many more. Students will be introduced to methods of inquiry and theoretical frameworks that will enable them analytically examine wide range of political phenomena domestically and internationally. 

Quantitative Literacy

This module introduces students to the basic concepts of data analysis. This module covers probability as well as descriptive and inferential statistics. The emphasis throughout is on “real world” application and the mathematical tools available to develop analytical as well as empirical thinking skills.

Scientific Understanding

This module introduces students to the fundamental principles of biology. The module covers cell biology and introduces the five major kingdoms of life. Genetics, gene expression & evolution are also explored in context with recent discoveries in these fields. The module will also examine the application of current biotechnologies in agriculture, medicine and the environment.

 

Degress Level Modules

Introducing Psychology

This module will give students a general overview of basic elements and themes typical to Psychology. The module will help students make a decision about whether or not to pursue Psychology as a major or minor subject. It will also give non-psychologists an introduction into to what psychology actually is as well as provide students with an opportunity to learn about the scientific nature of psychological research.

Introduction to Psychological Research Methods 1

This module will focus on introducing beginners to research methods such as quantitative analyses. This is not only of relevance to psychologists but would be suitable for those whose studies focus on to other areas as it will increase their understanding of what research methods entail.

Conceptual and Historical Aspects of Psychology

This module will introduce students to the history and development of Psychology as an independent discipline as well as a consideration of its historical and conceptual origins. 

Psychology of Child and Adult Development

In this module early childhood and young adulthood are examined from the developmental psychological perspective thus providing useful understanding of human physical, emotional, cognitive and social development.

Introduction to Psychological Research Methods 2

This modules comprises of advanced research methods.

Personality and Individual Differences

This module covers the study the various theories of personality and intelligence.

Social Psychology

This modules covers the manner in which people interact with each other and in the social context. This is a useful area of investigation that sheds light on group dynamics and the individual in a wider social context, including an applied perspective. 

Abnormal Psychology

This modules provides students with an understanding of the causes, symptoms, correlations and treatment of mental disorders.

Biological and Cognitive Psychology

This modules is aimed at encouraging an understanding of cognitive processes such as memory, decision-making, attention and language and the biological bases of human function and behavior, with an emphasis on the role of the brain (and Central Nervous System) in these functions.

Sexuality & Gender

This module discusses issues related to sexuality and gender in a wider socio-political and historic context. This module examines a range of areas including theories for sexual development and orientation including transgender and LGBT issues as well as sexting, paraphilias, and sex education and risk. 

Cultural Psychology

This module will provide an understanding of cultural influences on human behaviour. 

Evolutionary Psychology

This modules covers the study of how human behavior has evolved and how evolutionary concepts may explain aspects of human behavior such as mating, attraction, marriage, altruism etc.

Applied Psychology

This module introduces students to the fundamental concepts and issues in applied psychology: the study of the application of psychological principles and research in an applied context. It will introduce students to the main areas of applied psychology and will focus on individual areas of practice and research. 

Major Capstone (Dissertation)

The purpose of this module is to bring together the breadth of a Liberal Arts student’s learning and experience to bear on a major project. Starting from the student’s major area of study the project will reach out to incorporate elements from the totality of learning on the programme and the realisation of the breadth that a Liberal Arts graduate has achieved. The Capstone can take the form of a reflective practice-based project or a traditional written dissertation subject to meeting the word-length equivalencies below. The Capstone will run over two semesters and will be supervised by a minimum of one supervisor although two may be allocated depending on the nature of the work.