2021/22 Undergraduate Module Catalogue
PSYC1618 Psychology in the Media
10 creditsClass Size: 250
Module manager: Dr Ed Sutherland
Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable
Year running 2021/22
This module is mutually exclusive with
|PSYC1611||Psychology and the Media|
This module is approved as a discovery module
Module summaryThis module introduces all of the main areas of contemporary psychology: cognitive, social, health and developmental. In doing so, it addresses common misconceptions about psychology: eg 'You know what I'm thinking.'In turn, it describes how media influences programmes of scientific research, how public opinion is altered by media representations, and how Psychology has plotted a course through intense media interest and has ensured its strong scientific base.Central to the course is the discussion of how it is necessary to be critical of science in the media, and how common sense explanations need a basis in scientific evidence.
ObjectivesThis module aims to provide an overview of key concepts in Psychology and its depiction in the Media. Students will be introduced to a range of information within this discipline.
- To introduce students to key concepts in contemporary psychology.
- To situate psychology within the disciplines of health and medicine.
- To examine psychological methods of investigating the 'human condition'.
- To encourage the application of psychological concepts to students' experience.
- To foster a critical appreciation of psychology.
- To explain the utility of Psychology in explaining and modifying real world behaviours.
- To reflect on how media representations affect well-being.
- To evaluate the media's impact on science.
- Acquiring discipline-specific knowledge
- Relevant reading and research
- Evaluating evidence
- Applying material to'real-life'
- Critical thinking.
1. Mythbusting Psychology: Common misconceptions in Psychology
2. Popular Science and Psychology: Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll
3. Parapsychology: Science and pseudo-science
4. Relationships: More than just common sense?
5. Use-it-or-lose-it: The psychology of older adults in the media
6. Representations of Gender in the Media
7. Stress and Health in the Media
8. The brain: Pretty pictures of the mind?
9. The Eternal Sunshine: Models of memory in contemporary film
10. Overview: Eternal myths in psychology.
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Independent online learning hours||30.00|
|Private study hours||60.00|
|Total Contact hours||10.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||100.00|
Private study- All students will be issued with a blog account and will be encouraged to post comments and questions to the blog, as well as using it as a forum to communicate with other students about their learning on the module [chapters, papers read etc].
> The module leader will check the blog on a bi-weekly basis and provide feedback.
> The students will provide each other with links to relevant articles and materials on the relevant topics, plus note any media coverage of psychological events on a week-on-week basis.
- Students will be advised to do three hours reading per lecture (30 hours) and 30 hours exam preparation.
- Independent on-line learning - 30 hours.
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackStudents will be monitored via the blogsite every two weeks.
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|Reflective log||On-line blog - weekly||0.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||0.00|
Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated
|Exam type||Exam duration||% of formal assessment|
|Online Time-Limited assessment||1 hr 00 mins||100.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Exams)||100.00|
Psychology MCQ sheet required.
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
Last updated: 30/06/2021 15:21:45
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