MA Public Opinion and Political Behaviour
BA Psychology options

Year 2, Component 08

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Statistical Models for Psychology

Psychology is, in the main, a statistical science. While qualitative analysis and single-case studies are important tools, most findings in psychology rest on the analysis of quantitative data. In a world that is becoming increasingly reliant on data, it is important to develop skills that enable handling and interpreting of such (big) data. This module will provide a first step in that direction by introducing you to statistical practices that go beyond the standard requirement for the BPS. Moreover, developments in the field (eg, replication crisis; big data sets) have initiated a move towards "open science" practises such as the sharing of data. The use of script-based analysis packages is a vital component of this movement as it allows researchers to share exactly what analysis was carried out. This module will introduce you to this way of working with data.

Psychology of Global Challenges

All major societal challenges have one thing in common: they are all, at least in part, caused by people. This module covers fundamental theoretical frameworks to better understand major societal challenges and psychological solutions to address those challenges. Here are the kinds of questions that we will investigate in this module: How can psychology inform our understanding of climate change, gender-based violence, health inequalities, artificial intelligence, and the spread of misinformation? And importantly, what psychological solutions can we offer?

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