Clinical Psychology

Critical Psychology & Child Mental Health

The course will introduce students to critical psychology, paying particular attention to developmental psychology theories and psychological and psychiatric explanations of children’s mental health difficulties.

Course dates Semester 2
Course credits 20
Course delivery Online
Academic co-ordinator Charles Marley

Course description

The course will introduce students to critical psychology and a number of associated theories. It will encourage students to question what psychology is and what it does, paying particular attention to developmental psychology theories and psychological and psychiatric explanations of children’s mental health difficulties.

During the course, students will:

  • examine the practical and philosophical implications of debates between mainstream and critical approaches to psychology
  • critically examine theories of child developmental and commonly accepted explanations of childhood mental health difficulties
  • consider alternative explanations of childhood mental health difficulties

Intended learning outcomes

To be able to:

  • demonstrate an awareness of a range of critical theories
  • draw on social constructionist accounts to evaluate psychological knowledge in relation to children
  • demonstrate skills in critical discourse analysis and its application to discourses of children’s mental health
  • demonstrate skills in reflexivity in relation to the production of psychological knowledge

Course delivery and assessment

This course will run in Semester 2 (January to April). It is delivered entirely online.