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Psychological Studies Unit Descriptions

ATS1840 Introduction to psychology A: Behaviour and the modern world


This unit considers a range of psychological concepts that have direct application to everyday life and adjustment to the modern world. Topics include motivation, stress and health, psychological disorders and therapies, relationships, emotion, and behaviour change. Students will be encouraged to apply the topics to their own lives and thus act as their own case studies. The unit thus covers a number of common 'pop-psychology' topics, but with a more critical, scientific approach.

ATS1359 Introduction to psychology B: Brains & behaviour

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'Part 2' of our introductory psychology programme, though it may be taken on its own. It has somewhat of a neurological focus, examining fundamental topics like the nervous system, sensation and perception, intelligence, learning, memory and cognition. There is an emphasis on making these concepts highly accessible by demonstrating relevance to everyday behaviour.

ATS2260 Behaviour across the lifespan

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Developmental psychology examines the lifespan perspective on human development across three domains: physical, social and cognitive. This unit acknowledges the importance of culture and the sociohistorical context. Areas of interest include prenatal and gender role development, and aging. Methods of gathering and evaluating evidence relevant to developmental phenomena will be examined and attachment and language acquisition will be discussed.

ATS2819 Personality psychology

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Our personality makes us who we are. It affects how we interact with people, how we behave, and the things we like and dislike. Despite its involvement in everything we do, there is no single universally accepted explanation of how and when personality develops, or how changeable it is. This unit explores a range of approaches to understanding personality and allows new insight into the student's own personality and that of others.

ATS2820 Abnormal psychology & behavioural disorders

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Around 25% of the population will suffer from mental illness at some stage, and many others are likely to know someone who is afflicted. Many shun help because of the attendant stigma and suffering is prolonged. This unit seeks to decrease stigma through education. A wide range of disorders are examined, along with their causes and treatment options according to various paradigms

ATS2831 Social science research methods

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This unit provides an introduction to the basic concepts necessary for understanding and undertaking research in the social and psychological sciences. A range of research methods and the situations in which those methods can be appropriately applied are explored, along with general research design, research ethics, data collection techniques, and research reporting. Students are not required to learn or calculate statistics per se.

ATS2821 Social psychology

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Humans are social animals, though that interaction is not always harmonious. This unit explores types of social interaction and behaviour – both positive and negative. Developing such an understanding of yourself and others will enable you to exert more control over and get more from your own relationships and understand the mechanisms of persuasion and behaviour change. Topics include attitudes, obedience, conformity, group processes, prejudice, aggression, and attraction.

ATS3842 Sport psychology


This unit examines the involvement of individuals in physically demanding activities; including organised individual and team sports, personal training, and individual adventurous pursuits. The unit is pitched at both the practitioner and the individual so that they might better understand the psychology of the athlete. A practitioner should find the content useful for coaching, teaching physical or outdoor education, or facilitating adventurous activity such as Outward Bound-type courses. The individual should find the content useful for augmenting their training regimes, pursuing higher levels of performance or tackling greater challenges.

ATS3843 Work psychology


This unit is concerned with the behaviour of and interaction between employees, employers and workplaces. Each of these is in turn influenced by organisational structures, patterns of communication, group processes, and mechanisms of decision-making. And all these factors impact upon our own levels of job satisfaction, motivation, stress, and work-life balance.

ATS3844 Forensic Psychology

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Forensic psychology deals with the application of psychological principles to problems of law enforcement and the courts. This unit includes areas such as eyewitness and expert testimony, jury selection and decision-making, screening and training of police, handling of situations such as hostage taking and suicide threats, and the construction of personal profiles of criminals.

ATS3845 Parapsychology

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This unit is concerned with psychological phenomena that are beyond the normal or not readily explained according to scientific principles. Areas of interest include extrasensory perception, exotic senses, telepathy, precognition, clairvoyance, astrology, graphology, and deja-vu experiences. Methods of gathering and evaluating evidence of parapsychological phenomena will be examined and the roles of belief, illusion, and placebo effects will be discussed.

ATS3846 People & other animals: A social science perspective

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This unit examines the interaction between humans and the other animal species across three major topics. The first reviews the changing nature of the relationship between man and domestic animals across time within selected cultures. The second topic focuses on attitudes, beliefs, and emotions surrounding the interaction between people and companion animals, and animals as objects of leisure and entertainment. Topic three takes an objective approach to the emotive area of animals as food and providers of other products and services and considers ethical issues associated with each of these.

Psychological Studies