Component

MA Public Opinion and Political Behaviour
BA Social Sciences options

Year 0, Component 04

IA129-3-FY or IA175-3-FY or IA179-3-FY or IA108-3-FY
IA108-3-FY
The United Kingdom During the Reign of Queen Elizabeth II (1952 – 2022)
(30 CREDITS)

Britain has experienced unprecedented changes in the last 100 years. What has brought about these changes and how have they affected the Britain of today? This course will outline political, economic, social and cultural change in the UK during the Twentieth Century and beyond and offer an insight into Britain’s place in the modern world.

IA129-3-FY
Analysing the Social and Political World
(30 CREDITS)

This module is designed to equip you with practical and analytical skills to understand, generate, analyse, interpret and present data, to draw valid conclusions from data and to critically assess examples of data use. Although these skills are applicable across disciplines, they will be taught in the context of social sciences using examples of political and social data from a range of sources including academic articles, newspaper reports, data archives, and Government statistics.

IA175-3-FY
Introduction to Psychology
(30 CREDITS)

Psychology is a broad subject, containing many disciplines. This module is designed to give an overview of these different core disciplines, encouraging you to explore how these different areas are informed by theory and research. The module will cover a range of classic and contemporary pieces of psychological research, exploring the methods adopted by psychologists to investigate the human mind and behaviour Through this module, you will be encouraged to think critically about the theories and research studies that are covered and begin to consider how psychological findings apply to everyday life. This module will look at theory and research in areas such as cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, individual differences, biopsychology and social psychology. Along with psychological theories we also introduce basic research skills, creating transferable analytical skills and/or preparation for entry to a psychology (or related) degree.

IA179-3-FY
The Unconscious in Individuals, Groups and Society
(30 CREDITS)

This module will introduce students to the key concepts of psychoanalytic and socio analytic thinking. In particular, they will become aware of unconscious dynamics at work in individuals, groups, organisations and society. The module aims to establish a theoretical foundation for students pursuing degrees in humanities, education and social science. As such students will study the basis of a psychoanalytic perspective, the key theoretical ideas and their place within the social sciences. The importance of the unconscious and early experience will be emphasised. This learning about psychoanalysis will be supported by experiential learning of hidden dynamics and processes in groups and organisations. Students will explore the way individuals affect one another, institutions affect the people who work in them and vice versa, and the dynamics of leadership and followership. Students will develop insights into their actions and motivations and will be encouraged to explore their potential.

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