Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Introductory Psychology for Youth and Community Studies

LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course



DESCRIPTION This study-unit draws on the discipline of psychology to inform the field of youth and community studies. The study-unit presents an introduction to some of the major paradigms in psychology, namely psychoanalysis, humanism and behaviourism, the study of human development throughout the lifespan, the psychology of learning, transition and adjustment, abnormal psychology, socialization and roles, social cognition, the self and social influence. These paradigms are discussed in relation to the subject of youth studies.

Study-unit Aims:

The study unit-aims to provide a rudimentary understanding of key developments in the field of psychology as they are relevant to the study of young people and communities. Youth and community studies is firmly rooted in psychological perspectives which allow the analysis of the development of the young person within various social contexts that young people may find themselves in. It also aims to provide the study-unit participant with the prerequisite knowledge for the study-units which follow that also draw significantly from this discipline.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

a. Understand the contributions of key theorists belonging to the three major paradigms,

b. Have a working knowledge of the work of Freud, Erikson, Jung and Adler,

c. Have a working knowledge of the work of Rogers and Maslow,

d. Have a working knowledge of the work of Pavlov, Skinner and Bandura,

e. Understand the developmental tasks associated with the various stages of the lifespan,

f. Understand the key concepts in the psychology of learning,

g. Understand how people negotiate transitions and adjust to the crisis of everyday life,

h. Know what are the main issues surrounding abnormal psychology,

i. Understand human socialization and roles, social cognition, the self and social influence.

2. Skills (including transferable [generic] skills):
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

a. critically engage with the subject matter,

b. construct and apply psychological theories to youth and community studies,

c. reflect upon personal experiences in the field through the lens of psychological perspectives,

d. distinguish between common sense and popularistic notions on youth,

e. be more critical of the claims made in the name of psychology.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Smith, E., Nolen-Hoeksema, S., Fredriskson, B., Loftus, G. (2003) Introduction to Psychology (14th edition) Wadsworth: USA

Brehm, S & Kassin, S. (1993) Social Psychology Houghton Mifflin: USA

Coleman, J.C. (1980). The Nature of Adolescence. London, Methuen

Gross,R .(2003) Psychology: The Science of Mind and Behaviour Hodder Arnold Publication

Argyle, M.(2002)The Psychology of Interpersonal Behaviour Penguin Psychology

Brehm,S., Kassin,S. and Fein, S. (2005) Social psychology Boston : Houghton Mifflin

Aronson, E. (1999)The social Animal New York : Worth/Freeman

Aronson, E (2004) Readings about the social animal New York : Worth Publishers

Santrock, J.W. (2006). Life-Span Development (10th Ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Examination (2 Hours) SEM2 Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Jo Christine Scicluna

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