PSYC08023 2017 Psychological connections and well being
Utilising an evidence based approach, this module addresses some of the most interesting and current psychological concepts in the 21 st century. The module builds on previous psychology modules in this programme. It addresses how we relate to objects both living and inanimate and consequently their effect on us. The first topic is cyberpsychology. Secondly, we examine the relationship between humans and animals. Finally, we investigate the factors which contribute to positive mental health.
On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;
Outline the contribution of the positive psychology movement to our understanding of well- being.
Evaluate research on human - animal interaction.
Explain some of the ways in which technology changes the way we learn and live.
Recognise ethical issues involved in psychological research especially in relation to animals and vulnerable populations.
Discuss how the connections between people and objects shape us as individuals
Teaching and Learning Strategies
Lecture and tutorial
Module Assessment Strategies
Debate and Written report using a medium of interest to the learner.
Repeat assessment will be developed based on failed component(s).
Our relationship with technology, social networks on screen, how technology shapes our brain, technology for enhanced living, technical pets.
Positive Mental Health
Adaptive functioning, positive coping techniques, flourishing, mindfulness, resilience, the importance of connecting to others, promoting health.
Other animals and us
Humans interactions with animals, animal studies, physiological effects of pets on humans, communication, working dogs, research on animals, animals in captivity.
Coursework & Assessment Breakdown
|Title||Type||Form||Percent||Week||Learning Outcomes Assessed|
|1||Debate||Continuous Assessment||Assessment||50 %||Week 8||1,3,5|
|2||Assessment||Continuous Assessment||Written Report||50 %||Week 12||1,2,4|
Full Time Mode Workload
Required & Recommended Book List
2014 Principles of Animal Behaviour Norton :-:- Company
2011 Flourishing penguin
2016 mindchange: how digital technologies are leaving their mark on our brains Ryder and Co
Carr, A. (2011). Positive Psychology: The Science of Happiness and Human Strengths (2nd edition), Sussex, Routledge
Williams, M. And Penman, D. (2011) Mindfulness: a practical guide to finding peace in a frantic world, London, Piatkus
It is proposed to include a field trip to the Education Centre, Dublin Zoo to inform the report for this module.