Topic: Introduction to Psychology Coursework

 1.1 Understand the purpose and study of psychology.

1.1 Outline and analyse the nature of psychology as a topic for study.

2. Recognise the major theoretical approaches.

2.1 Outline the various approaches to psychology.

2.2 Analyse and evaluate the key concepts of at least three of the major psychological perspectives.

3. Understand the ethical implications of research in psychology.              

3.1 Critically assess the ethical implications of research in one area of psychology

Part 1 (AC 1.1)

Students are required to demonstrate their understanding of psychology as an academic discipline and its applications.

Part 2 (AC2.1,2.2) 

Students are required to chose three major psychological approaches. They must briefly describe the central tenets of each and name key influential figures and their research/theories. Importantly, students must then attempt to critically analyse each of the three approaches, mentioning what they see to be the strengths and weaknesses of each in their evaluation. Students are invited to use other relevant theorists or studies in comparison providing this supports their evaluation.

Part 3 (AC 3.1)

Students are expected to mention and critique any ethical implications/considerations of studies from within the three approaches chosen.

Guidance for students

Word count for whole booklet – 2000 words +\- 10% (i.e. 1800-2200 words).

Standardised presentation: Arial font size 12, 1.5 x line spacing and standard margins must be used.

Please write in an appropriate, 3rd person academic style using correct grammar, punctuation and language.

There is no requirement to employ in-text referencing but please provide a reference list/bibliography at the end.

Please use a minimum of 5 academic sources. These should be a mixture of textbooks, journal articles and websites.

Section 1 (approx. 250 words in total)

(A/C 1.1 Outline and analyse the nature of psychology as a topic for study.) 

Psychology focuses on developing and testing theories to help explain how people interact with each other and the world around them. Psychologists are very interested in the way biological and social factors influence behaviour and how interests and abilities differ from person to person. They also study how we perceive, think, and learn about the world around us. The study of psychology also involves examining how people communicate verbally and non-verbally, and how and why mental abilities develop and change throughout our lives.

 Provide an accurate definition of psychology. (Reference your source).

 Briefly specify the difference between psychology, psychiatry and psychotherapy.

Q3. Which two kinds of methods does psychology rely on? O…………..

and E…………..

Q4. What is the most challenging issue with research of this type, as opposed to other sciences (Think about who the objects of study are).

Q5. What is the point of psychological research? To observe, identify, predict and …………. behaviour.

Q6. Identify three different professions/areas (other than those mentioned in question 2) where a knowledge of psychology would be useful and briefly explain how psychology is used within them.

i)

ii)

iii)

Section 2  (approx 1200-1500 words in total; 400-500 each per approach)

(A/C 2.1. Outline the various approaches to psychology)

(A/C 2.2. Analyse and evaluate the key concepts of at least three of the major psychological perspectives)

Q7. Choose THREE psychological approaches. For each, provide a brief outline of the approach, its central tenets, key theorists and their studies. Importantly, offer critique of each in the forms of their strength and limitations. Feel free to use other comparative studies/approaches in your critique, should you wish to, but ensure your focus remains on the three you have chosen.

i)

ii)

iii)

(Reminder: Q7 should be approx 1200-1500 words in total; 400-500 each per approach)

Section 3 (approx. 400 words in total)

(A/C 3.1 Critically assess the ethical implications or research in one area of psychology)

Q8. Chose ONE study from Zimbardo, Milgram, Freud or Watson and critically assess the ethical implications of their research using BPA guidelines. Be specific regarding which study you are referring to (please reference it) and what it aimed to prove, however there is no need to describe the study in detail. Be clear about which of the current ethical guidelines they would have breached had their work been conducted today. Feel free to suggest how this particular study could have been more compliant with the current BPS guidelines but also consider the effect this may have had on the validity of the research

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