PSYC08023 2017 Psychological connections and well being

General Details

Full Title
Psychological connections and well being
Transcript Title
Psych Connect
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Subject Area
PSYC - Psychology Studies
SOCS - Social Sciences
08 - NFQ Level 8
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2017 - Full Academic Year 2017-18
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Orla Walsh, John Kane
Programme Membership
SG_HENGL_H08 201700 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Humanities in Joint Major: English and Psychology SG_HENGL_H08 201900 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Humanities in Joint Major: English and Psychology

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.

Learning Outcomes

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 Assessments

Repeat assessment will be developed based on failed component(s).

Indicative Syllabus


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

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

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

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Tutorial Flat Classroom Tutorial 1 Weekly 1.00
Lecture Lecture Theatre Lecture 2 Weekly 2.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
2014 Principles of Animal Behaviour Norton :-:- Company

Animal Psychology

Recommended Reading
2011 Flourishing penguin


Recommended Reading
2016 mindchange: how digital technologies are leaving their mark on our brains Ryder and Co

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

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

URL Resources American Psychological Association. British Psychological Society. Royal College of Psychiatrists

Additional Information

It is proposed to include a field trip to the Education Centre, Dublin Zoo to inform the report for this module.