PY0791 - Historical Psychology and Qualitative Research Methods

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What will I learn on this module?

You will have the opportunity to learn about the historical development of psychology as a discipline and to gain experience in understanding the methodology and analyses of qualitative research in Psychology.

Historical Psychology: You will be introduced to a series of ‘classic’ studies and asked to evaluate and debate the way that psychological knowledge, methods and ethical approaches may have changed since that original study. Each classic study represents a pathway in the discipline of psychology, embracing diverse areas such as social, developmental, cognitive and health psychology. For each pathway, you will be asked to reflect critically on the original epistemological and methodological assumptions made within the discipline and consider the major changes in the development of the discipline.
Qualitative Research Methods: In this component you will be able to consider a range of qualitative methodologies, thematic analysis, Interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA), grounded theory, the use of focus groups, and discourse analysis. A session will be dedicated to examining issues on quality and rigour in qualitative review and providing you with experience of critically reviewing a selection of research papers You will also have the opportunity to collect data and use a variety of analyses in order to interrogate the data.

How will I learn on this module?

You will participate in lectures and workshops designed to provide breadth and depth of conceptual knowledge across topics in the history of psychology. Independent study will give you further opportunity to enhance skills in critical analysis, explore key theoretical underpinnings and think critically about the implications of qualitative research design. The module will encourage student-led discussions where you will work collaboratively in small groups to generate and present your ideas or to engage in critical but supportive peer review. You will become familiar with a wide range of qualitative methods and develop the capacity to judge which methods are appropriate given different contexts of enquiry.
Directed and independent learning will be encouraged through the provision of electronic reading lists, journal articles and other resources relating to session/workshop topics. These lists and resources will then serve as a basis for further independent study. Discussion board forums will be available to encourage you to exchange ideas with your peers. Together, the lecture/workshops, directed and independent learning and online discussion will enable you to gain greater depth of knowledge and understanding in these three psychological fields. Tutorials will provide an opportunity for you to discuss issues related to the development of your learning with a member of staff.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You will be supported in the module not only by the learning experience in the sessions themselves but though the presence of resources out with of these scheduled sessions. You will have access to the teaching staff, through tutorials, where you can discuss issues pertinent to your learning experiences. Staff contact details and locations will be listed on the module site on the E-learning Portal, Blackboard. In addition, not only will session (PowerPoint) and PANOPTO resources be present on Blackboard but Blackboard will also have, via the reading lists, explicit routes to guided and independent reading resources and where pertinent, further web based resources. Module information will be e-mailed through the Blackboard site and Discussion Boards will be established to encourage your explicit conversations with other students on the module. The AllPsych pages on Blackboard will also provide details on university wide services to support your academic study, Student Wellbeing, University Assessment Regulations (ARTA), Library, Careers, etc.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
• MKU1: Critically evaluate the evolution of theoretical and methodological approaches in psychology
• MKU2: You will be expected to demonstrate critical understanding of a range of approaches to qualitative research in psychology
• MKU3: You will be expected to collect, analyse and interpret qualitative data in a framework of current knowledge in the discipline.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
• MIPSA1: You will conceptualise, plan and undertake guided qualitative research projects

Personal Values Attributes:
• MPVA1: Understand the development of professional ethics and research integrity

How will I be assessed?

Formative assessment:
In the Qualitative Research Methods component you will have in-class module tutor feedback on interview data and possible forms of analyses.
Summative assessment:
In the Historical Psychology component assessment which is worth 34% of the module assessment, you will have the opportunity to undertake a 2000 word written assignment which will provide the opportunity for you to demonstrate your achievement of learning outcomes( MKU1, MPVA1.)

In the Qualitative Research Methods component you will have two assessments.
Assessment 1 will ask you to construct a poster on collected interview data, with an emphasis upon methods of collecting qualitative data. The assessment load will be 33% of the module assessment (MKU2, MKU3, MIPSA1, MPVA1).

Assessment 2 will ask you to carry out a qualitative research study employing either thematic analysis or discourse analysis. The assignment word length will be 4000 words. The emphasis will be upon the analyses of qualitative data. The assessment load will be 33% of the module assessment (MKU2, MKU3, MIPSA1, MPVA1).

Written individual feedback will be provided on all three of your assignments and you may request a tutorial with the tutor to further discuss the feedback.

Pre-requisite(s)

None

Co-requisite(s)

None

Module abstract

In the Historical Psychology component you will be exposed to historical changes in the research approaches and techniques in the different branches of psychology. You will be introduced to a series of ‘classic’ studies and asked to evaluate and debate the way that psychological knowledge, methods and ethical approaches may have changed since that original study. Each classic study represents a pathway in the discipline of psychology, embracing diverse areas such as social, developmental, cognitive and health psychology. For each pathway, you will be asked to reflect critically on the original epistemological and methodological assumptions made within the discipline and consider the major changes in the development of the discipline (this component assessed via a 4000 word essay).

The Qualitative Research Methods component will allow you to explore theoretical aspects of psychology in a practical research focussed way. You will have the opportunity to engage with qualitative methodologies to answer questions that you will develop yourself under supervision. Specialist resources will be available for you to use in mini research projects to aid your understanding of how qualitative research is an important tool of the creation of new psychological knowledge. Your qualitative report writing skills will be developed to prepare you for the thesis that is the capstone of the programme. All of this will be achieved in tandem with discussion and application of ethical principles and practices.

What will I learn on this module?

You will have the opportunity to learn about the historical development of psychology as a discipline and to gain experience in understanding the methodology and analyses of qualitative research in Psychology.

Historical Psychology: You will be introduced to a series of ‘classic’ studies and asked to evaluate and debate the way that psychological knowledge, methods and ethical approaches may have changed since that original study. Each classic study represents a pathway in the discipline of psychology, embracing diverse areas such as social, developmental, cognitive and health psychology. For each pathway, you will be asked to reflect critically on the original epistemological and methodological assumptions made within the discipline and consider the major changes in the development of the discipline.
Qualitative Research Methods: In this component you will be able to consider a range of qualitative methodologies, thematic analysis, Interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA), grounded theory, the use of focus groups, and discourse analysis. A session will be dedicated to examining issues on quality and rigour in qualitative review and providing you with experience of critically reviewing a selection of research papers You will also have the opportunity to collect data and use a variety of analyses in order to interrogate the data.

Course info

Credits 30

Level of Study Postgraduate

Mode of Study 2 years part-time
2 other options available

Department Psychology

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020

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