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Psychology in Action

Key Information

Module code
ISSU1014
Taught during
Session 1
Module leader
Dr Daniel C. Richardson and Dr Stephanie Lazzaro
Pre-requisites
None. Standard UCL Summer entry criteria apply.
Assessment method
Regular short responses to class discussion questions (30%), written project work (30%), multiple choice exam (40%)
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Module overview

This module aims to develop students’ psychological literacy, through the cycle of enquiry and evidence.

Students will be encouraged to think critically and evaluate their own behaviour through in-lecture experiments. A scientific approach will be developed through an appreciation of how empirical data can be used to test competing theories and simple questions will be dissected and examined. Experiencing this cycle of enquiry and evidence will give students the psychological literacy to integrate knowledge across psychology and apply it to the world around them.

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of this module, students will:

  • Have an understanding of key conceptual issues in psychology
  • Have an awareness of the history of ideas in understanding the mind
  • Appreciate the range of modern methods in scientific psychology and the ability to apply this knowledge to the real world
  • Have the ability to think critically about how psychological issues are portrayed in the media. Students will also have developed their own research project in which they raise a questions and show how the empirical techniques of psychology can be used to address it. Experiencing this cycle of enquiry and evidence will give students the psychological literacy to integrate knowledge across psychology and apply it to the world around them.

Module prerequisites

This is a level one module (equivalent to first year undergraduate). No prior subject knowledge is required to study this module but students are expected to have a keen interest in the subject area.

Module hours

Classes (usually three or four hours per day) take place on the Bloomsbury campus from Monday to Friday any time between 9am and 6pm.

Assessment

  • Regular short responses to class discussion questions (30%)
  • Written project work (30%)
  • Multiple choice exam (40%)

Module leader

Dr Daniel C. Richardson is a reader in Experimental Psychology at University College London. Prior to this, he was an undergraduate at Magdalen College, Oxford; a graduate student at Cornell; a postdoctoral researcher at Stanford; and an assistant professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz. His research examines how individuals' thought processes are related to the people around them, and he has authored many scientific articles in cognitive, developmental and social psychology, as well as ‘A Dummies Guide to Social Psychology'.

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