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BSc Psychology / Course details
Year of entry: 2023
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Course unit details:
|Unit level||Level 3|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 1|
|Offered by||Division of Psychology and Mental Health|
|Available as a free choice unit?||No|
We will explore fundamental questions about emotion, such as: What are emotions? How are they measured? How many emotions are there? Are emotions innate or learned? Are they universal or culturally determined? How are emotions related to bodily sensations and expressions of the face, voice or body? What is the role of ‘thinking’ in ‘feeling’, and of ‘feeling’ in ‘thinking’? Does damage to the body or the brain alter the emotional experience? What happens when emotional processing goes wrong?
We will link empirical findings to the main theoretical frameworks in the scientific study of emotion. Understanding these theories of emotion and the type of research studies that support them will allow us to examine these fundamental questions.
This is an optional Year 3 course unit on the BSc Hons Psychology that falls within the Mind and Brain theme.
This unit aims to:
Enhance students’ knowledge of emotion science and their capacity to evaluate empirical data and current emotion theories. Show how findings from a range of methodologies contribute to our understanding of emotion and strategies for enhancing emotional wellbeing. Enable students to discuss and evaluate contemporary research in written and oral formats, both independently and in groups.
Teaching and learning methods
Knowledge and understanding
Describe current theories of emotion and conceptualisations of what emotions are
- Evaluate the empirical basis for theories of emotion
- Understand how we apply multidisciplinary methods to elicit and measure emotion, and to interpret empirical findings
- Apply understanding of theories of emotion and empirical research to answer current questions in Emotion science
- Independently and collaboratively gather and organise material from various sources, including library and electronic sources
- Present arguments coherently orally and in writing
Transferable skills and personal qualities
- Independent research
- Effective communication
Discussion board engagement worth 16%, reading group engagement worth 4%, Video presentation worth 30% and exam worth 50%.
Discussion Board Engagement - Students will receive credit for submission of summary.
Reading Group Engagement - Students will recieve grade.
Video presentation - Students will receive a grade and written feedback.
Exam - Students will receive a grade and written feedback provided after the Semester 1 exam board.
There will not be a single recommended text book as the core course material will be recent journal articles. Some examples of references covered in the course:
E. Fox (2008). Emotion Science: An Integration of Cognitive and Neuroscientific Approaches. Palgrave Macmillan.
Chwalisz K, Diener E, Gallagher D. (1988). Autonomic arousal feedback and emotional experience: evidence from the spinal cord injured. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 54(5), 820-8.
Folkman S & Lazarus, R.S. (1985). If it changes it must be a process: Study of emotion and coping during three stages of a college examination. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 48 (1), 150-70.
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|Elizabeth Lewis||Unit coordinator|