PSY4280 - Contemporary issues in theoretical psychology
6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL
Undergraduate Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Leader(s): Dr Gavin Sullivan
Clayton First semester 2009 (Day)
This unit examines the theoretical, conceptual and philosophical foundations and historical underpinnings of psychology. Under the supervision of a member of staff students will complete a major essay that addresses an issue of conceptual and theoretical importance to contemporary psychology. The essay may take a number of forms including: an evaluation of the value of a particular theory or set of theories, the analysis of a problem associated with the criteria used to evaluate theories, the evaluation the adequacy of a particular concept in psychology, or an examination of philosophical issues such as the mind-body problem and theories of explanation.
On completion of unit this students will:
- have further understanding of the theoretical foundations of modern psychology;
- have gained an appreciation of the basics of theory formation in psychology;
- be able to critically review and analyse the scientific literature in, and theoretical basis to, current issues in psychology;
- be able to formulate well-formed arguments based theoretical and conceptual issues;
- be proficient in the use of a variety of internet and library search procedures; and
- be able to write up scientific work in a potentially publishable format.
Essay (5000-6000 words): 100%
Completed Bachelors Degree and a major sequence in psychology approved by the Australian Psychological Society or qualification assessed as equivalent by the Australian Psychological Society, with a distinction average for third year psychology units