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This module expands on NS4105, to consider conceptual and methodological aspects of theory development in psychology. The module introduces a range of theoretical approaches in psychology, considering the principles and assumptions underpinning each approach. Key theories are introduced and evaluated, and research exercises show the approaches in practice. The module examines the role of evidence in developing and supporting theories, and introduces a range of analysis techniques that are used in developing psychological theory.
Approaches to psychology - neuroscience, cognitivism, social constructionism, trait, and developmental approaches
Assumptions, methods, and key theories in each approach
Evaluating and comparing approaches
Data distributions and hypothesis testing
Selected statistical tests of difference and association
Selected qualitative methodologies, including interviewing
Qualitative analysis using a specified analytical technique (e.g. thematic analysis)
Students who pass the module will be able to demonstrate:
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