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Semester 1

Psychological Perspectives on Health and Care (SHSS10005)


Health in Social Science





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Visiting students should have passed at least 2 University social science courses (such as Health Studies, Sociology, Politics, Social Policy, Social Anthropology, Psychology, etc) at grade B or above; we will only consider University/College level courses. Applicants should note that, as with other popular courses, meeting the minimum academic entry requirements does NOT guarantee admission. **Please note that 3rd year Health courses have extremely limited spaces available, and are very popular, so students cannot be guaranteed a space in any 3rd year Health course.** These enrolments are managed strictly by the Visiting Student Office, in line with the quotas allocated by the department, and all enquiries to enrol in these courses must be made through the CAHSS Visiting Student Office. It is not appropriate for students to contact the Health in Social Science department directly to request additional spaces.

Course Summary

This course seeks to support students to develop a critical understanding of the theories and practice of health and mental health from a psychological perspective. The structure will follow the natural life span of individuals, through childhood, adolescence, adulthood to older adulthood, illustrating key psychological concepts and theories and their application on health and care.

Course Description

This course aims to support students to develop a critical understanding of health and mental health care from a psychological perspective. Drawing upon the research and teaching expertise of the Section of Clinical Psychology within the School of Health in Social Science, students will develop a knowledge base of the key psychological concepts and theories in relation to health and mental health. Students will also learn to link theories with practice and develop a critical reflection on how theories can inform evidence based practice in health and mental health care. The course structure will follow the natural life span, from childhood, adolescence, adulthood to older adulthood. In the context of this developmental framework, psychological theories and psychotherapies related to common mental health problems including, for example, anxiety, depression, and psychosis, will also be covered. This course will consist of 10 one-hour interactive teaching sessions, and 10 one-hour tutorials with student-led activities. The first one will be an introductory session with an overview of the course structure, learning outcomes, and assessment requirement. This lecture will give an introduction to key psychological theories and concepts and their application to health and mental health across life span. The following teaching sessions will cover a range of topics, such as the importance of early life experiences, neurodevelopmental disorders, eating disorders and body image, psychological disorders in adolescents, severe mental health problems and psychological treatments in adults, health and mental health care in older adults, psychological approaches for supporting individuals with intellectual disabilities or long term health conditions.

Assessment Information

Written Exam 0%, Coursework 100%, Practical Exam 0%

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