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2010/1 Module Catalogue
Module Provider: Psychology Short Name: PS.331
Level: HE3 Module Co-ordinator: OGDEN J Prof (Psychology)
Number of credits: 10 Number of ECTS credits: 5
Module Availability
Runs once in semester two.
Assessment Pattern
1) One critical review of three published articles (3000words)  [50%]
2) One data analysis exercise (of written text or transcribed social interaction) (3000words) [50%]
Module Overview
All Level 2 Psychology modules.
Module Aims
To introduce students to critical stances to taken-for-granted knowledge and assumptions in Psychology. To examine how social constructionism offers us a different way of seeing the world. To allow students practical experience of analysing textual materials using discursive approaches.
Learning Outcomes
Students will be aware that there are many taken-for-granted aspects of psychology which can be critically analysed. They will understand the basic tenets of social constructionist approaches, and will have explored a range of epistemological and political critiques of traditional approaches to Psychology. Students will have a basic understanding of discursive and rhetorical approaches in Social Psychology, and will have experience of analysing text using these approaches.
Module Content
Topics covered: 
Critical approaches, social constructionism, political critiques of psychology, social model of disability, mental health, discursive psychology, conversation analysis.

Methods of Teaching/Learning
Combination of lectures, seminars/activities and data sessions.
Selected Texts/Journals
Berger, R., & Luckman, T. (1989). The social construction of reality. London: Penguin.
Burr, D. (1995). An introduction to social constructionism. London: Routledge.
Potter, J., & Wetherell, M. (1987). Discourse and social psychology. London: Sage.
Tuffin, K. (2005) Understanding Critical Social Psychology. Sage.
Wooffitt, R (2005) Conversation Analysis and Discourse Analysis. London: Sage.

British Journal of Psychology
Discourse and Society
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