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Medieval and Early Modern Scotland: 1100-1707

This module is offered in collaboration with University of Dundee that can count towards Q01 (Broad-based History/Heritage pathways), Q03 (Broad-based Humanities pathway) and R14 (Arts and Humanities pathway). Medieval and Early Modern Scotland explores the history of Scotland from the origins of the kingdom until the parliamentary union with England in 1707. In the early modern period, Scotland was transformed by the Reformation and the Union of the Crowns, adjusting to a new religion, friendship with its old enemy England and a new political framework.

Modern Scottish History 1707-1997 (from Oct. 2019)

This module is offered in collaboration with University of Dundee that can count towards Q01 (Broad-based History/Heritage pathways), Q03 (Broad-based Humanities pathway) and R14 (Arts and Humanities pathway). The Modern History module covers the period from the union of 1707 to the creation of the Scottish parliament in 1997. The module examines the social, political, religious and economic factors that have shaped modern Scotland, from high politics to the impacts of urbanisation, industrial growth and decline, and religion and everyday life.

Investigating psychology 3

This module builds on Investigating psychology 2 and takes a critical and creative approach to methodology in psychology, with a substantive empirical project. Experimentation, survey methodology and text-based qualitative analyses (discourse analysis and phenomenological analysis) are explored through the topics of memory, language, creativity, personality, child development, emotions, and relationships. These topics are also used to present research in the core domains of biological, cognitive, developmental individual differences and social psychology. In addition, quantitative and qualitative methods are taught. Students can express a preference for the method to be used in their independent project: text-based analysis, experimentation, or survey.

Counselling and forensic psychology: investigating crime and therapy

This module draws on recent theoretical debates and research to critically explore the fascinating relationship between counselling and forensic psychology. You will learn about media representations of crime and therapy and the role of sociocultural issues in both forensic and therapeutic work. You will be introduced to the most common and effective therapeutic approaches for working with offenders/victims of crime, and explore therapeutic and forensic aspects around sex and sexuality. You will develop an understanding of the dichotomies and emerging themes in this area and the challenges of providing therapy in a forensic setting.

The making of Welsh history

This module explores themes that have shaped the British Isles, from medieval lordship and conflict, through the spread of Protestantism and the industrial revolution, to political protest and the rise of nationalism in an era of globalisation. By studying this module you will gain the skills you need to write a final 6,000-word dissertation, in which you will carry out an in-depth investigation of a topic that you select. Throughout this online module you will work together with other students to form a tight knit ‘learning community’, sharing ideas and sources and helping to improve one another’s work.

Art and its global histories (A344)

This module presents a new history of art, starting with the Renaissance, when Europeans encountered a new range of desirable objects from across the globe. It then explores the role of art and architecture in colonial expansion up to 1800, before looking in depth at art and culture in British India. It concludes by analysing the globalisation of artistic practice from the twentieth century to the present day. The module highlights the vital role that art has played in the stories that Europeans have told about the wider world, and suggests ways in which these stories might be challenged or revised. See sample material.

Advancing social psychology

Social psychologists study people as social beings, looking at their relationships and shared experiences in context. This module focuses on contemporary UK society and life as a 21st century person in a changing world. The module explores current issues, including gender, multiculturalism, immigration, global conflicts and work. It also adopts a critical perspective towards psychology itself. You will learn about recent research findings and different social psychological theories and approaches. As preparation for future study, work and life activities, you will develop the academic and communication skills you need to study independently and follow your own interests.

Personal lives and social policy

How has social policy influenced ideas and values about parenthood? How far can we legitimise locking children in secure accommodation in order to ‘care’ for them? How have ‘welfare to work’ initiatives changed the meaning of ‘work’ in social policy? How does social policy construct the lives of refugees and asylum seekers? This module uses four key themes – Sexualities, Care, Work, and Citizenship – to explore how individuals shape and are shaped by policy making and welfare practices and how social policy is organised, represented and experienced – opening up challenging questions about the policymaking process both in the past and in contemporary society.

Crime and justice

Crime, disorder, and justice are increasingly pressing concerns across the world. Fear of crime and proliferating global threats contribute to an increasing sense of insecurity. Local concerns – for example street crime – are now accompanied by twenty-first century global concerns about human trafficking, cyber-crime, terrorism and human rights violations to name but a few. These ‘threats’ have implications for justice, as the boundaries between crime control and civil liberties are being increasingly redrawn. You’ll explore crime and justice in both global and local contexts, and in particular the way that crime and justice are being continually redefined by global economic, social and political change.

Making social worlds

In order to survive, human beings live in social worlds which create security, foster stable attachment between individuals and things, and regulate behaviour. This accessible, vocationally relevant module demonstrates how sociological approaches can be applied to make sense of these processes – investigating how they work and how they sometimes fail. Through topics such as medicine, the family, money and reality television, you will explore how social experience is shaped by the material world, and made meaningful through culture. The module is ideal if you have previously studied the social sciences and want to consolidate your understanding of sociology.

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