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2019/20 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

MUSS5931M Case Studies in the Applied Psychology of Music

30 creditsClass Size: 30

Module manager: Dr Emily Payne
Email: e.l.payne@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

Pre-requisite qualifications

Pre-requisite for those students who wish to choose as an optional module:
Whilst this module does not require you to have a degree in psychology, some prior learning experience in one of the core areas (e.g. music education, music therapy, consumer behaviour) would be an advantage. You must submit an extended piece of written work (minimum 4,000 words) to the module leader who will assess suitability.

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module is designed to provide you with a contextual understanding of the field of applied psychology of music, enabling you to develop and refine your skills of critical evaluation, reasoning, and literature searching. The module adopts a case study approach, examining key concepts and texts thematically, considering areas such as education, therapy, advertising, technology, science, and society. You will attend staff-led seminars and are required to prepare key texts in advance of each seminar. You are expected to contribute to class discussions in order to consolidate your own reading and engagement with the course materials. You will be assessed by a series of critiques of academic articles that relate to different sessions from the course. Pre-requisite for those students who wish to choose as an optional module:Whilst this module does not require you to have a degree in psychology, some prior learning experience in one of the core areas (e.g. music education, music therapy, consumer behaviour) would be an advantage. Please contact the module leader, who will assess suitability.

Objectives

On completion of this module, students should be able to:
- demonstrate understanding of a range of theoretical and empirical approaches within the field of the Psychology of Music;
- identify significant pieces of research in the Applied Psychology of Music and evaluate their contribution to the domain;
- evaluate the extent to which research in the Applied Psychology of Music can aid understanding of the human mind and behaviour within a range of contexts (e.g. social, scientific, therapeutic);
- recognise the limitations of the research in this area and identify areas requiring growth and progression;
- research topics within the Applied Psychology of Music by locating and evaluating relevant literature;
- develop, support, and communicate an argument in written work.

Learning outcomes
This module aims to:
 provide a contextual understanding of the field of applied psychology of music,
 examine key concepts and texts thematically, considering areas such as education, therapy, advertising, technology, science, and society.
 enable students to develop and refine their skills of critical evaluation, reasoning, and literature searching.
 encourage students to express and communicate their ideas verbally (via class discussion) as a way to consolidate their reading and engagement with the course materials
 enable students to recognise the limitations of the research in this area and to identify areas requiring growth and progression
 encourage students to develop, support, and communicate an argument in written work


Syllabus

This module is designed to provide students with a contextual understanding of the discipline, enabling them to develop and refine their skills of critical evaluation, reasoning, and literature searching. The module adopts a case study approach, examining key concepts and texts thematically, considering areas such as education, therapy, advertising, technology, science, and society. The module is primarily taught by staff-led seminars which require students to prepare key texts in advance. Students will be expected to work in small groups and to contribute to class discussions in order to consolidate their own reading and engagement with the course materials.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Seminar181.5027.00
Tutorial20.501.00
Private study hours272.00
Total Contact hours28.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Private study

Seminar preparation: 4 hours per seminar (72 hours)
Literature review and evaluation: 200

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

 Seminar attendance and participation
 Summative feedback on written essay plan
 Tutorials

Methods of assessment


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Critique2,700–3,300-word article critique35.00
Portfolio2 x 2,700–3,300-word article critiques65.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 05/07/2019

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