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MSc (T) Political Psychology

Academic Year 2017/18

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Programme Title

MSc (T) Political Psychology

Final Award
(exit route if applicable for Postgraduate Taught Programmes)

Master of Science

Programme Code

PSY-MSC-PP

UCAS Code

JACS Code

C880 (DESCR) 100

Criteria for Admissions

2.1 in psychology or other relevant discipline. In some circumstances other information will be taken into consideration eg work experience

ATAS Clearance Required

No

Health Check Required

No

Portfolio Required

Interview Required

Mode of Study

Full Time

Type of Programme

Postgraduate

Length of Programme

1 Academic Year(s)

Total Credits for Programme

180

Exit Awards available

INSTITUTE INFORMATION

Awarding Institution/Body

Queen's University Belfast

Teaching Institution

Queen's University Belfast

School/Department

Psychology

Framework for Higher Education Qualification Level 
http://www.qaa.ac.uk/publications/information-and-guidance

Level 7

QAA Benchmark Group
http://www.qaa.ac.uk/assuring-standards-and-quality/the-quality-code/subject-benchmark-statements

Psychology (2010)

Accreditations (PSRB)

External Examiner Name:

External Examiner Institution/Organisation

Dr Andrew Livingstone

University of Exeter

REGULATION INFORMATION

Does the Programme have any approved exemptions from the University General Regulations
(Please see General Regulations)

N/A

Programme Specific Regulations

N/A

Students with protected characteristics

N/A

Are students subject to Fitness to Practise Regulations

(Please see General Regulations)

No

EDUCATIONAL AIMS OF PROGRAMME

General Aims

To provide graduate students with an opportunity for advanced study in political psychology

To prepare graduate students for more advanced research in political psychology, and/or for employment in political organisations

Specific Aims

To provide students with a critical understanding of the historical development of political psychology from different epistemological, ideological and disciplinary perspectives

To provide students with an advanced understanding of current theoretical debates within political psychology

To enable students to link theoretical and empirical questions to socio-political issues and to provide them with an in-depth understanding of the practical applications and action implications of social and political psychological theories and empirical findings

To raise students’ awareness of relevant literature in other cognate disciplines

To train students to use political psychological theories to formulate research questions relevant to current political phenomena

To provide students with the skills to use appropriate quantitative and qualitative methods to address theoretical and applied research questions as well as with the skills to interpret quantitative and qualitative data

To train students to conduct research ethically and maintain appropriate standards of conduct

To enable students to conduct an independent research study demonstrating self-direction and the capacity to deal with complexity and uncertainty

To facilitate self-reflection in support of personal and professional development

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Learning Outcomes: Cognitive Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Critically evaluate and comment on theoretical and empirical literature in political psychology

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Cognitive skills are developed in the lectures, seminars, class exercises, homework assignments, project work, training workshops and dissertation.

Methods of Assessment

Informally assessed through class discussion and exercises. Formally through coursework such as Essays, Dissertation, literature reviews and presentations, policy briefing

Critically evaluate the contributions and limitations of political psychological theories and methods to particular topic areas

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Cognitive skills are developed in the lectures, seminars, class exercises, homework assignments, project work, training workshops and dissertation.

Methods of Assessment

Essay, literature reviews, proposal, dissertation, presentations

Critically compare theories and research findings to develop integrative theoretical frameworks to understand socio-political issues

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Cognitive skills are developed in the lectures, seminars, class exercises, homework assignments, project work, training workshops and dissertation.

Methods of Assessment

Essay, literature reviews, proposal, dissertation, presentations

Critically evaluate political psychological research including the choice of methods employed

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Cognitive skills are developed in the lectures, seminars, class exercises, homework assignments, project work, training workshops and dissertation.

Methods of Assessment

Assessments of campaigns

Critically reflect on how research can inform theory development in an iterative fashion

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Cognitive skills are developed in the lectures, seminars, class exercises, homework assignments, project work, training workshops and dissertation.

Methods of Assessment

Class discussion/presentations

Critically reflect on how theory and empirical research can inform practices and applications on socio-political issues

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Cognitive skills are developed in the lectures, seminars, class exercises, homework assignments, project work, training workshops and dissertation.

Methods of Assessment

Lobbying task

Make informed choices about effective communication

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Cognitive skills are developed in the lectures, seminars, class exercises, homework assignments, project work, training workshops and dissertation.

Methods of Assessment

Presentations

Learning Outcomes: Transferable Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Communicate ideas, principles, theories and research findings by oral and written means

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Transferable skills are promoted via class work in lectures, seminars, workshops and the dissertation. Students are explicitly guided to be increasingly self-regulating throughout the duration of the course and to demonstrate initiative, self-efficacy and personal responsibility/accountability in the way they conduct themselves towards members of staff and towards their peers as well as in the pursuit of their academic and practical tasks.

Methods of Assessment

Coursework and dissertation

Elicit high quality information and data from field sources

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Transferable skills are promoted via class work in lectures, seminars, workshops and the dissertation. Students are explicitly guided to be increasingly self-regulating throughout the duration of the course and to demonstrate initiative, self-efficacy and personal responsibility/accountability in the way they conduct themselves towards members of staff and towards their peers as well as in the pursuit of their academic and practical tasks.

Methods of Assessment

Class work, coursework and Dissertation

Use information technology (eg WWW, bibliographic data bases such as Psychinfo, word processors, statistics packages)

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Transferable skills are promoted via class work in lectures, seminars, workshops and the dissertation. Students are explicitly guided to be increasingly self-regulating throughout the duration of the course and to demonstrate initiative, self-efficacy and personal responsibility/accountability in the way they conduct themselves towards members of staff and towards their peers as well as in the pursuit of their academic and practical tasks.

Methods of Assessment

Class work, coursework and Dissertation

Conduct oneself in a professional (accountable, responsible, ethical) self-regulated and constructively critical fashion

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Transferable skills are promoted via class work in lectures, seminars, workshops and the dissertation. Students are explicitly guided to be increasingly self-regulating throughout the duration of the course and to demonstrate initiative, self-efficacy and personal responsibility/accountability in the way they conduct themselves towards members of staff and towards their peers as well as in the pursuit of their academic and practical tasks.

Methods of Assessment

Class work, coursework and dissertation

Use interpersonal and social skills as appropriate

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Transferable skills are promoted via class work in lectures, seminars, workshops and the dissertation. Students are explicitly guided to be increasingly self-regulating throughout the duration of the course and to demonstrate initiative, self-efficacy and personal responsibility/accountability in the way they conduct themselves towards members of staff and towards their peers as well as in the pursuit of their academic and practical tasks.

Methods of Assessment

Class work, coursework and dissertation

Use analytical skills in a problem solving context

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Transferable skills are promoted via class work in lectures, seminars, workshops and the dissertation. Students are explicitly guided to be increasingly self-regulating throughout the duration of the course and to demonstrate initiative, self-efficacy and personal responsibility/accountability in the way they conduct themselves towards members of staff and towards their peers as well as in the pursuit of their academic and practical tasks.

Methods of Assessment

Use analytical skills in a problem solving context

Pursue continuous improvement via self-reflection and other forms of professional and personal development activity

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Transferable skills are promoted via class work in lectures, seminars, workshops and the dissertation. Students are explicitly guided to be increasingly self-regulating throughout the duration of the course and to demonstrate initiative, self-efficacy and personal responsibility/accountability in the way they conduct themselves towards members of staff and towards their peers as well as in the pursuit of their academic and practical tasks.

Methods of Assessment

TBC

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge & Understanding

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Political Psychology at an advanced level as an evidence-based sciencp

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Outcomes are acquired through lectures, seminars, talks and workshops.

Methods of Assessment

Essays, literature reviews, presentations, dissertation

The historical development of political psychology from different epistemological, ideological and disciplinary perspectives

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Outcomes are acquired through lectures, seminars, talks and workshops.

Methods of Assessment

Essays, literature reviews, presentations, dissertation

Current theoretical debates within political psychology

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Outcomes are acquired through lectures, seminars, talks and workshops.

Methods of Assessment

Essays, literature reviews, presentations, dissertation

The practical applications and action implications of social and political psychological theories and empirical findings

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Outcomes are acquired through lectures, seminars, talks and workshops.

Methods of Assessment

Class tests, proposal, dissertation

Basic and advanced research design and methods of investigation, data analysis and techniques and how they relate to theoretical and applied issues

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Outcomes are acquired through lectures, seminars, talks and workshops.

Methods of Assessment

Research proposal, ethics, dissertation

The ethical conduct of research with human participants

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Outcomes are acquired through lectures, seminars, talks and workshops.

Methods of Assessment

TBC

Effective means of communicating research to specific audiences

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Outcomes are acquired through lectures, seminars, talks and workshops.

Methods of Assessment

In class work

Learning Outcomes: Subject Specific

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Show competence in a range of methods to analyse both quantitative and qualitative data using statistical packages, if appropriate

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Outcomes are acquired through lectures, seminars, talks, workshops and the dissertation.

Methods of Assessment

Coursework assignments and in class discussions

Show specialist competence in the methodology and analyses chosen for dissertation work

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Outcomes are acquired through lectures, seminars, talks, workshops and the dissertation.

Methods of Assessment

Coursework assignments and in class discussions

Write well-structured and well–argued prose, using style and conventions appropriate for publishing in the psychology literature

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Outcomes are acquired through lectures, seminars, talks, workshops and the dissertation.

Methods of Assessment

Coursework assignments and in class discussions

Design and evaluate theoretically informed interventions to deal with socio-political issues

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Outcomes are acquired through lectures, seminars, talks, workshops and the dissertation.

Methods of Assessment

Coursework assignments and in class discussions

Make a successful application for ethical approval for planned thesis.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Outcomes are acquired through lectures, seminars, talks, workshops and the dissertation.

Methods of Assessment

Coursework assignments and in class discussions

MODULE INFORMATION

Programme Requirements

Module Title

Module Code

Level/ stage

Credits

Availability

Duration

Pre-requisite

 

Assessment

 

 

 

 

S1

S2

 

 

Core

Option

Coursework %

Practical %

Examination %

Theoretical Perspectives and Focal Issues in Political Psychology

PSY7054

7

20

YES

11 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Understanding Political Behaviours: Civic Engagement, Political Participation and Disempowerment

PSY7055

7

20

YES

11 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Applying Political Psychology to Current Social Issues

PSY7056

7

20

YES

11 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Dissertation - Political

PSY7057

7

60

24 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Principles of Qualitative Research Methods and Data Analysis 1

PSY7063

7

10

YES

5 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Principles of Qualitative Research Methods and Data Analysis 2

PSY7064

7

10

YES

5 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Quantitative Data Analysis 1

PSY7065

7

10

YES

5 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Quantitative Data Analysis 2

PSY7066

7

10

YES

5 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Research Design and Applied Ethics in Political Psychology

PSY7033

7

10

YES

5 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Research Skills: Political Psychology

PSY7030

7

10

YES

5 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

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