Conceptual, Philosophical & Professional Issues in Psychology

Maynooth University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Conceptual, Philosophical & Professional Issues in Psychology

  • Host University

    Maynooth University

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    Philosophy, Psychology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    PS101, PS102, PS104, PS105, PS201, PS202, PS203, PS204, PS205, PS206.

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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Module Content: The distinction between science and pseudo-science. Fundamental assumptions in psychology. Philosophy of science for psychology: Paradigms and approaches to psychological enquiry. Philosophy of mind. Ethics: Philosophical, psychological and professional issues.

    Module Objective: To examine fundamental assumptions in psychological research and psychological science. To explore conceptual issues common to psychology, science and philosophy. To examine ethical issues in research and professional psychology.

    Learning Outcomes:

    On successful completion of the module, students should be able to:
    -Distinguish between science and pseudo-science in the context of psychology;
    -Discuss philosophical influences on contemporary psychology;
    -Describe key ethical concepts in psychological research and practice;
    -Construct an appraisal, informed by the relevant literature, of a current topic involving a conceptual, philosophical or professional issue in psychology.

    Teaching & Learning methods:
    Lectures, planned learning activities and independent student activities.

    Continuous Assessment: 25%
    University scheduled written examination: 75%

    Continuous Assessment detail(s): Essay

    PS101, PS102, PS104, PS105, PS201, PS202, PS203, PS204, PS205, PS206.

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