Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Introduction to the Psychology Profession

LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course



DESCRIPTION This study-unit introduces students to the different areas of psychology. It explains differences between Clinical, Counselling, Organizational, Educational, Forensic, Health, Social and Neuro Psychology. The various routes to the Profession will be explained and more detailed information regarding the requirements and criteria they would need to fulfill in order to pursue further studies will be provided. The specific roles and functions performed by Psychologists from different fields will be outlined.

Study-Unit Aims:

The study-unit aims at generating awareness of the different areas within the Psychology profession. It aims to guide students to make choices which are commensurate with their interests and aspirations. It also aims at demonstrating the specific roles and functions performed by different types of Psychologists. This will enhance students' ability to select a specialization at Master's level.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Recognize and differentiate between different areas within the Psychology profession;
- Describe the distinctive features of each of the areas;
- Understand the various routes to the Profession;
- Comprehend differences and similarities between the roles and functions of Psychologists from different fields.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Choose the electives which pertain to the desired area of specialization;
- Make an informed decision when choosing their practicum in the third year;
- Select a dissertation topic which is in line with their area of interest.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

- Kuther, T.L. & Morgan, R.D. (2012). Careers in Psychology: Opportunities in a changing world. (4th ed.). Belmont, USA: Wadsworth.

Additional readings supplied by individual lecturers.


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment SEM1 Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Mariella Spagnol
Josette Barbara Cardona
Paul A. Bartolo
Olga Bogolyubova
Kay Cassar
Greta Darmanin Kissaun
Lorleen Farrugia
Roberta Holland
Mary Anne Lauri
Adele Muscat
Kelsey Renaud
Marta Sant
Kristina Vella

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