Individual Differences and Psychopathology module (PY51013)

Learn about historical and current approaches to the study of personality and psychopathology

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This module examines the spectrum of psychological traits, focusing on intelligence, personality, and mental health disorders.

It delves into the history and theories of psychopathology, methods of psychological assessment, and the diagnosis of various disorders, including mood disorders, schizophrenia, anxiety disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorder, eating disorders, and personality disorders.

What you will learn

In this module, you will:

  • learn about the core theories and principles of individual differences and psychopathology
  • learn about the historical context and contemporary issues in individual differences and psychopathology
  • learn about the relevant research methodologies and issues related to individual differences and psychopathology, and critically evaluate research in this area

By the end of the module, you will be able to:

  • demonstrate detailed knowledge of core theories in the area of individuals differences and psychopathology
  • demonstrate a critical awareness of historical context and contemporary issues in individual differences
  • demonstrate critical evaluation of psychological investigations through applying knowledge of statistical analysis and methodological approaches
  • effectively communicate advanced knowledge, ideas, and results
  • critically evaluate old and modern research in psychology through assessment of written, statistical, and graphical elements of research papers
  • search independently and fluently across a comprehensive range of information sources in any medium, including specialized information such as archives, data sets, special collections, colleagues, and contacts in research networks

Assignments / assessment

  • coursework essay (60%)
  • four multiple-choice quizzes (40%)

This module does not have a final exam.

Teaching methods / timetable

  • face-to-face lectures
  • coursework-oriented small group seminars
  • module guides
    • reading lists, guidelines on course structure, information on coursework

You will be expected to do preparatory reading before lectures and seminars to encourage participation and interaction, and to carry out further reading following class time.

Contact time for this module is 26 hours and you are expected to engage in a substantive amount of independent study.


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