PSYC06009 2013 Psychology and Sociology

General Details

Full Title
Psychology and Sociology
Transcript Title
Psychology and Sociology
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Subject Area
PSYC - Psychology Studies
LIFE - Life Sciences
06 - NFQ Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2013 - Full Academic Year 2013-14
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Orla McCarrick
Programme Membership
SG_SHEAL_H08 201600 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Science in Health Science and Physical Activity

Learners will be equipped with core skills and competencies to be able to describe and outline the core concepts, theories and principles in both sociology and psychology.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


To examine the boundaries and remit of psychology and sociology.


Outline and describe core concepts, theories and principles in Psychology and Sociology

Describe and categorise at a basic level how sociology and psychology plays a role in terms of one's health.

Source, select and present relevant and referenced data and literature where appropriate to support viewpoints and ideas, and to appreciate the viewpoint of others

To work under guidance within allocated responsibility.

Take direction, accept criticism and use feed-back to enhance own performance


Demonstrate an ability for autonomous, independent learning and be self-directed in terms of time, motivation and planning

Module Assessment Strategies

A mix of assessment methods will be used to evaluate a variety fo learning styles.

Module Dependencies


Indicative Syllabus

Psychology Area

Describe and interpret basic concepts in the psychological fields

Categorise at a basic level how psychology plays a role in terms of one's health.

Topics include:

Introduction to Psychology - Definitions, Areas of Psychology, Areas of work, Perspectives in Psychology

Personality - Definitions, Theories of Personality, Personality and Health, Measurement of Personality

Lifespan Motor Development - Definitions, Main stages in Motor Development across the Lifespan including Early Childhood, Childhood, Late Childhood & Adolescence and Adulthood, Gallahue's Hourglass Model of Deveopment of Motor Behaviour

Stress - Introduction, Definitions, Eustress, Distress, Inverted U Hypothesis, Categorisation of Stressors, Effects of Stress: Physiological, Emotional, Behavioural and Cognitive, Introduction to Implications of distress on health, Management of Stress: Basic Relaxation Techniques, Symptoms of Anxiety and Depression that may necessitate referral to a medical or mental health professional


 Sociology Area

Describe and interpret basic concepts in the sociological fields

Categorise at a basic level how sociology plays a role in terms of one's health.

Topics include:

Introduction to Sociology - Definitions, Key concepts and terms, Origins of Sociolgoy, Sociological Perspectives

Society & Process of Socialization - Definitions, Process of Socialisation including Primary and Secondary Socialisation, Agents of Socialisation

Social Stratification - Definitions, Systems of Stratification, Stratification in Irish Society and relationship to Health and Education, Social Mobility

Gender and Society - Difinitions and Differences, Social Learning Theory, Gender Role Development, Gender Socialisation, Gender Inequality in Health

Mass Media & Health - Defintions, Functions of Mass Media, Role of Mass Media in Health Promotion, Advertising Tools or Methods, Social Marketing and Commercial Marketing, Media Advocacy

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
40 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
60 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Student workshops - Contribute to group discussions and work individually and in small groups to complete worksheets on specific topics relating to both Sociology and Psychology Formative UNKNOWN - % OnGoing 3,5,6
2 Short Answer Questions Worksheet based on Sociology Workshops Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 20 % Week 6 3,7
3 Essay Revision based summary paper in predetermined area of Psychology Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 20 % Week 10 4,6,7

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final exam Final Exam UNKNOWN 60 % End of Term 1,2,3

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Independent Learning UNKNOWN Self Study 3 Weekly 3.00
Lecture Lecture Theatre Lecture 2 Weekly 2.00
Group Learning Flat Classroom workshop 1 Weekly 1.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Bernstein, D.A. & Nash, P.W. (2008) Essentials of Psychology (4th Ed.).  Houghton Mifflin Company: Boston.

Davis, M. (2008) The Relacation and Stress Reduction Workbook.  New Harbinger Publications: Oakland:CA

Eynseck, M. (2001) Psychology for A2 Level.  Psychology Press: New York.

Eynseck, M. (2012) Simply Psychology (3rd Ed).  Psychology Press: New York.

Gallaghue, D. & Ozmun, J. (2005) Understanding Motor Development: Infants, Children, Adolescents, Adults. McGraw Hill.

Mc Donald, B. (2009) An Introduction to Sociology in Ireland (2nd Ed.) Gill & Macmillian: Dublin

Payne, G. & Isaacs, L. (2007) Human Motor Development: A Lifespan Approach. McGraw Hill.

Sarafino, E. (2008) Health Psychology Biopsychosocial Interactions (6th Ed.). Wiley & Sons Inc: New York.



URL Resources
Other Resources

Various other articles, policy documents as appropriate during term will be discussed.

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